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lively city • empty • aboriginal
sight • nowhere
  1. There are many huge spaces around here that are protected by the government.
  2. Everything seemed fine and then out of she started to cry.
  3. After living in a my whole life I feel really bored here in a small town.
  4. The means 'sleeping woman.'
  5. We arrived just as the sun was setting and it was an amazing .
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405 Australia
Marion talks about the land down under.

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a really lively city

Sydney is a really lively city, because there are lots of young people and lots of things to do.

A 'really lively city' has a lot of activity going on all the time. There are many things to do and see. Notice the following:

  1. During vacation times this becomes a really lively city.
  2. It's fun to live in a really lively city, but sometimes it's a little noisy.

huge empty spaces, like deserts

There are huge empty spaces, like deserts, where you can go for hours without seeing even one person.

'Huge empty spaces' are big areas of land where there is nothing natural growing and nothing has been built. A 'desert' is an open area where nothing grows or exists. The example is comparing the open areas of Australia to a desert. Notice the following:

  1. Some people like to live in huge empty spaces, like deserts.
  2. Traveling by bus you can see all of the huge empty spaces, like deserts, before you reach the coast.

aboriginal name

The Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it's called now, which is its aboriginal name.

'Aboriginal people' are native people to an area, the indigenous population. An aboriginal name was given to an area by the native aboriginal people. Most of the time these words are not from the current language of an area. Notice the following:

  1. Some of the original names are really difficult to say.
  2. They want to give their baby an aboriginal name.

out of nowhere

Suddenly, out of nowhere, you see a huge rock that looks like a mountain.

If something appears 'out of nowhere' it means that it surprises you because nothing prepares you for it. For example, if the land is really flat and then you see a big mountain the mountain would surprise you. Notice the following:

  1. His boss gave him a promotion out of nowhere.
  2. That rain came out of nowhere. The weather has been beautiful all day.

an amazing sight

The Ayers Rock is an amazing site, one of the best I saw in Australia.

An 'amazing site' is a place that is incredible or wonderful. Notice the following:

  1. The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing sites in the southwest of the United States.
  2. On the hike we stopped at many amazing sites.