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multi-cultural • grew up • bored
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  1. I don't want to stay in my house anymore because I'm .
  2. They here and have lived here their whole lives.
  3. They have this area a lot in the last ten years.
  4. We have a vacation in Florida.
  5. I have many adopted cousins, so my family is .
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105 Toronto
Marika answers questions about her hometown city of Toronto, Canada.

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Toronto is a very multi-cultural city.

A 'multi-cultural city' has people from all different cultural background or ethnicity, basically people from many different parts of the world.  Notice the following:

  1. I am living in a house with people from all over the world.  It's a multi-cultural experience.
  2. Was your high school really multi-cultural?

grow up

I grew up in Toronto.

The place where you 'grow up' is where you live from when you are a child to an adult, or where you spend most of your childhood.  Notice the following:

  1. She grew up in a big city, but now she lives in a small town.
  2. Did you grow up close to here?


I just get bored in Toronto because I'm used to it.

To be 'bored' is to want to do something and have nothing interesting to do.  You can also feel bored if you are doing something that is not interesting.  Notice the following:

  1. There are so many new things to see that you will never feel bored.
  2. He always felt tired and bored in math class.


Farmland outside of Toronto is now being developed.

To 'develop' an area of land is build house, building, stores, schools, and streets on it.  To make it a place where people can live.  Notice the following:

  1. He bought a piece of land to develop into a neighborhood.
  2. They developed this part of the city really fast.  A few years ago there were almost no houses out here.


Farmland is being developed into condominiums.

A 'condominium' is like an apartment house.  It is bigger than an apartment and usually has two or more floors and a separate entrance, but it is attached to another condominium.  This word is frequently shortened to "condo."  Notice the following:

  1. After her husband died she moved into a condominium because she didn't need a lot of space.
  2. They have a vacation condominium on the beach.