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in the end • colonial style • familial
pyramid • made it
  1. We never to Japan when we were living in Asia.
  2. We took lots of pictures of the buildings in the city.
  3. These were built as monuments to the dead.
  4. it was a good experience.
  5. I am a very person and it would be hard for me to live so far away from home.
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250 Mexico
Adrienne talks about her stay in Mexico.

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in the end

I had to use their language, so that was really helpful in the end.

The phrase 'in the end' talks about the final result of something. Notice the following:

  1. In the end we found our way there.
  2. He decided, in the end, that he didn't want to be a doctor.

colonial style

The architecture is very colonial style.

A 'colonial style' shows the typical style of the people that formed the colonies, which would be the Spaniards who came to Mexico. Notice the following:

  1. She studies colonial style architecture.
  2. Our new house has a very colonial style.

familial environment

The people are very friendly, and it's really a very familial environment.

A 'familial environment' is an environment where family is very important. Notice the following:

  1. The neighborhood were we lived had a very familial environment.
  2. The familial environment of the company makes it a fun place to work.


My favorite place is Cholula, a town that has an Aztec pyramid.

A 'pyramid' is a building that is shaped like a triangle on all sides.  The bottom is very wide and the top is a point. Notice the following:

  1. Nobody knows exactly how they built the pyramids in Egypt.
  2. We are trying to make a pyramid out of sand.

make it

Whether I actually make it in the next year or two, I don't know.

Used like this, 'make it' means 'return' or 'go.' Notice the following:

  1. We are going to try to make it to your party, but Saturday will be very busy for us.
  2. You have to make it to Brazil when you're in South America.