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heritage • sets of • gorgeous
come over • prejudice
  1. That is a very common and ignorant about us.
  2. The view from our hotel room was absolutely .
  3. There is strong evidence of Norwegian where I come from.
  4. Both grandparents are still alive now.
  5. When did your ancestors to this country?
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228 Irish Roots
Kate talks about her Irish heritage.

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My heritage is Irish.

Your 'heritage' is something that has been handed down from your ancestors, like culture or tradition.  Notice the following:

  1. His heritage is very important to him.
  2. There is a heritage festival here in November.

set of grandparents

Both sets of my grandparents were Irish.

A 'set of grandparents' is both a grandmother and grandfather.  Many people have two set, your mother's parents and your father's parents. Notice the following:

  1. Both sets of grandparents came to my graduation.
  2. One set of grandparents still lives in South Africa.

absolutely gorgeous

Galway City in Ireland is absolutely gorgeous.

If something is 'absolutely gorgeous' it is very, very, very beautiful.  Notice the following:

  1. The sunset tonight was absolutely gorgeous.
  2. Your wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous.

came over

My grandfather came over to become a priest.

We use 'come over' in this context to show that someone is traveling to a new country, to stay for a long time or forever. Notice the following:

  1. Many Irish came over in the beginning of the 1900s.
  2. He came over here to find a better life.


There was quite a lot of prejudice against the Irish.

A 'prejudice' is a certain opinion or idea, usually about a group of people, that you believe to be true for all members of that group. Prejudices are usually bad. Notice the following:

  1. Prejudice exists as much today as it did in the past.
  2. Many people form prejudices because of media.