Rumour has it that his new book is based on a true story about a family in a small Tennessee town.
He teaches in a middle school, but he does some translation work on the side to bring in extra cash / money.
It’s good to be confident (about yourself), but there’s a difference between (self-)confidence and conceit.
Only those who stick it out can achieve success. Those who give up halfway will never realize their dreams.
A true hero possesses / has courage, a noble purpose and a willingness to make sacrifices.
Anyone who picks up this novel and reads the first paragraph will be hard pressed to put it down.
In a sense, life is like swimming; if you keep holding on to the sides of the pool, you (will) never learn.
The future of a nation depends in a large measure upon the quality of education and training.
She was by nature a very affectionate person, always ready to give a helping hand to others.
I just can’t figure her out, she’s a mystery to me.
He travelled from one village to another, dropping in on families and listening to their complaints and problems.
Jim always sides with John in an argument.
Then it dawned on me that they were speaking Spanish.
They have to live with the consequences of their wrong decision.