Maksim Kabachenko: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
0:57 Maksim's family left Ukraine The reasons why his family had to leave Ukraine
1:30 under wraps concealed or secret
2:16 surreal having the qualities of surrealism; bizzare
2:43 put 2 and 2 together to understand something by using the information you already have
3:05 perestroika to rebuild; to reconstruct (in Russian terms)
3:26 persecuted subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs
4:36 granted asylum protection or shelter granted by a country or embassy to refugees from another country, especially refugees escaping arrest or prosecution
4:44 arduous involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring
6:34 a rift a crack, split, or break in something
7:55 run interference move in such a way as to provide legal interference
8:31 inundated overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealth with
9:15 A judgment of others not learning English Not understanding how difficult it is to learn a second language
10:45 propensity an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way
10:56 Maksim in 2001 A particular thought in high school about becoming a United States Citizen and part of the military
13:20 sectarian violence a form of communal violence inspired by sectarianism, that is, between different sects of one particular mode of ideology or religion within a nation/community
14:16 put their lives on the line a situation involving exposure to danger
14:53 in close quarters a situation of being very uncomfortably close to someone or something
16:20 What message would Maksim like to leave? Understanding we live in an open country

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