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New Words

In this lesson’s presentation, you are going to watch a video called “Meditation and Learning”. You will hear the words in the following list when you watch the video.

Click on the words and then listen to the sentences. The sentences will help you understand what the words mean and how they are used.

  • meditation
  • Anne likes to meditate for ten minutes every evening in order to relax.

    She practises yoga and meditation as a relief from her busy workday.

    Deep in a meditative state, the man was able to slow both his heart and respiratory rates.

  • concentrate
  • It requires a lot of concentration to study in a house full of children and noise.

    Why don't you stop wasting your time complaining about all the work you have to do, and concentrate on getting it done?

    Nearly 90 percent of Canada's population is concentrated within 160 kilometres of the United States/Canada border.

  • discipline
  • I think they should discipline their child more; he is always getting into trouble at school.

    When you join the army, one of the first things you are taught is discipline.

    The child's father was angry that no disciplinary action was taken against the coach for hitting his child.

    It takes a lot of self-discipline to be able to work at home on your own time.

  • psychological
  • Jerome studied psychology at the University of Toronto because he is interested in working with people who have emotional problems.

    Thomas wasn't sufficiently psychologically prepared to deal with his illness.

    The reasons for the child's bad behaviour are probably psychological.


    I have an appointment with a psychologist because I’ve been having terrible nightmares lately.

  • span
  • The life span of Japanese women is the longest in the world.

    Raymond Bourque's hockey career spanned more than twenty years.

    The Confederation Bridge spans the ocean between the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

  • aware
  • The death of a young boy in a bicycling accident, though tragic, has nonetheless helped to raise the public's awareness of the importance of wearing a helmet.

    The old man suddenly became aware that someone was trying to open his bedroom window.

  • analyze
  • It could take weeks to analyze all the data, but when we do, the results will be very helpful to our project.

    The North American school system aims to teach children to think in an analytical manner, rather than to just accept any information they receive without question.

    According to a political analyst, the Premier will probably lose the election, and in fact, may even lose his own seat.

    Thinking analytically requires the use of logic, and cause and effect.

    We require a detailed cost analysis before we can make a final decision.

  • perspective
  • Living in a foreign culture helps you to gain a different perspective on life.

    It is always interesting to read about Canada, and its culture from the perspective of recent immigrants to our country.

  • solve
  • We haven't been able to find a solution to the problem yet.

    I couldn't solve a couple of problems on the math test, so I'm afraid I didn't do very well.

  • efficient
  • In order to improve efficiency, we will order a new machine.

    With today's efficient household appliances, people have more time to sit around doing nothing.

    She worked quickly and efficiently, and was able to finish an hour ahead of schedule.

    I'm sure we can increase our efficiency if we really examine how we are doing things, and take steps to improve our methods.