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Unit 5 Language Lesson Terms

actual

adjective

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Definition
Real; existing in fact.

Example
It is possible to view a “live” Web site where you can see an actual event as it takes place instead of a recorded film of something that happened earlier.

conversion

noun

Unit 5 — Language Lesson

Definition
To change something from one form to another.

Example
I was able to make a conversion of this tape from VHS to digital format.

digital format

noun

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Definition
A system based on just two values, zero and one, or off and on.

Example
This information on a DVD comes in digital format, which is a system based on zeroes and ones.

long-distance charges

phrase

Unit 5 — Language Lesson

Definition
A fee for making telephone calls to faraway places.

Example
Long-distance charges can be very expensive especially when calling to other countries using a cellphone.

reboots

verb

Unit 5 — Language Lesson

Definition
Starts up the computer again.

Example
The computer automatically reboots after a crash, so when the computer breaks down, it will start up again by itself.

supports

verb

Unit 5 — Language Lesson

Definition
Encourages, helps.

Example
Michael’s teacher supports him in trying new things like using new computer languages.

theft

noun

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Definition
(The act of) Dishonestly taking something that belongs to someone else and keeping it.

Example
It is possible to have anything stolen. It is not unusual for people to be victims of theft.

video conferencing

phrase

Unit 5 — Language Lesson

Definition
A meeting between two or more people at different places by using computer networks to transmit audio and video data.

Example
Video conferencing is very common in many businesses. It is a convenient way to communicate because people can meet without living in the same city or country.