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283 India
Jeff talks about India (1 of 2)

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a little bit

It takes a little bit of time for you to get used to India when you go there.

Used like this 'a little bit' is similar to some.  The example is saying that you are not immediately used to India, it takes some time to adapt. Notice the following:

  1. You will need a little bit of patience to deal with cultural differences.
  2. It always takes a little bit of time to get your food at this restaurant.

acts

In India, you eat with your hand and your left hand acts as toilet paper.

'Acts,' in this example, can be replaced with 'is used as' or 'replaces.'  Basically, people use their left hand instead of toilet paper. Notice the following:

  1. The waterfall acts like a natural shower.
  2. These games act as entertainment for the village.

religion

The Hindu religion is very old.

A 'religion' is a set of beliefs or ideas about the ways of the world and how it was created and should function. There are many different religions in the world. Notice the following:

  1. Which is the most popular religion in your country?
  2. He learns about religions all over the world.

deities

The Hindu religion has many deities.

A 'deity' is a god or spiritual character. Notice the following:

  1. There is a deity for luck and another one for love.
  2. There are sculptures and images of deities all over the house.

holy priests

They conduct their religious ceremonies with holy priests.

A 'holy priest' is a spiritual leader who has been trained to lead ceremonies. Notice the following:

  1. He is training to become a priest.
  2. The wedding was performed by a holy priest.