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traditional • middle ages • point
famous • known for
  1. The of our meeting today is to discuss our new products.
  2. Jennifer Aniston is for her stylish haircuts.
  3. There are a lot of festivals this time of year.
  4. This area is expensive designer shops.
  5. Life was difficult for people during the .
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293 France
Rapheal talks about his country.

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My last name, Thibault, is quite traditional.

Something 'traditional' is part of a custom or typical action for a specific area.  Traditional things have long histories.  Notice the following:

  1. The women wear traditional clothes for the wedding ceremony.
  2. These are some traditional foods in this part.

middle ages

My last name is from the middle ages.

This is a time period in Europe with began as early as 500 A.D. and went until around 1400 A.D. Notice the following:

  1. Many people died of diseases during the middle ages.
  2. The Catholic church became very powerful in the middle ages.


You can eat foie gras hot or cold, but the point is that the duck has to be fed in nature.

When 'point' is used like this it is referring to the most important piece of information or element. Notice the following:

  1. The point of our visit was to see famous historical sight.
  2. What is the point of this exercise?

famous for

This place is famous for foie gras.

If a restaurant is 'famous for' something then many people know that they prepare this dish very well. People or places can be famous for good or bad things. Notice the following:

  1. He is famous for giving great concerts.
  2. They are famous for robbing banks in the early 1970s.

known for

Bordeaux is known for wine.

The phrase 'known for' means the same as 'famous for.' Notice the following:

  1. This area is known for being dangerous.
  2. What movies is the actress known for?