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great place • shocking • strange
give up • distinct
  1. This city has a look that is very different from the places nearby.
  2. He is planning to smoking next year.
  3. It might be a place to travel, but not an easy place to live.
  4. When I first arrived the monkeys were a sight for me.
  5. It is how many people live in such a small place.
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284 India
Jeff talks about India (2 of 2)

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great place

India is a great place.

Calling somewhere a 'great place' can mean a lot of things, but it means that you like it for one reason or another. Notice the following:

  1. Seattle is a great place to live.
  2. This restaurant is a great place to celebrate a birthday.


You will see many things in India that are very shocking and strange to your culture.

If something is 'shocking' it surprises you because it is not something that you usually see. Notice the following:

  1. It was shocking how many people were at the mall.
  2. The prices in that store are shocking.

strange sight

A cow standing in the middle of the street is a very strange sight.

A 'strange sight' is something that is not normal or common. Notice the following:

  1. Even for here four people on a bicycle is a strange sight.
  2. When you have lived here for a few months you won't even think that's a strange sight.

give up

The Indian Sadus or Indian holy men give up everything; their family, their money, and all of their belongings.

If you 'gives something up' don't have it or do it anymore.  It is to surrender something, in this case for religious reasons. When we talk about 'giving up' an action or activity it means to stop or quit doing it. Notice the following:

  1. I don't think she could ever give up her cell phone.
  2. I gave up my bed when my grandparents were here.

distinct look

The Indian Sadus have a distinct look.

In this case 'look' refers to an appearance.  A 'distinct look' is a unique appearance. Notice the following:

  1. She has always had a distinct and artsy look.
  2. He has a very distinct look compared to the people that live around here.