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holiday • culture • recommend
nightlife • paced • stressed
  1. It is part of their to be late for everything.
  2. There is a friendly at this company that you won't find anywhere else.
  3. Life in the city is too high for me.
  4. We are going on a two week at the end of the year.
  5. I'm very out about my exam tomorrow. I just don't feel like I'm ready.
  6. The in this city is pretty wild compared to what I'm used to.
  7. I would that you look for an apartment close to downtown.
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418 Canada's Main Cities
Mike compares Canada's three main cities.

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It depends on what kind of holiday you want to have.

When used like this, 'holiday' means the same as vacation. Notice the following:

  1. They always go on adventure holidays.
  2. I need to go away on a beach holiday and relax a little.

culture or recommend

If you want a different type of culture, Montreal would be a city that I'd recommend.

The 'culture' of a place is how the people act and what they think is important. You 'recommend' something if you think it is a good idea for what someone is looking for. Notice the following:

  1. There are many differences between our cultures.
  2. Are there any coffee shops around here that you would recommend for studying?


If you wanted to go to a city with a lot of nightlife, then I'd recommend Toronto.

The 'nightlife' of a place is what people do for fun or socially at night. An example of nightlife would be bars or dance clubs. Notice the following:

  1. Is nightlife important to you when you think about where you want to live?
  2. It's a beautiful place to live, but there is almost no nightlife.

high paced or stressed out (although it spelled stresses out in the transcript)

Somebody from Toronto I think is a little bit more high paced or stressed out.

If you have a 'high paced' life it means that you are always moving at a fast pace and that everything happens quickly. If something or somebody is 'stressed out' it means that they feel very stressed or pressured. Notice the following:

  1. She likes to eat fried food when she gets stressed out.
  2. His job is very high paced and stressful around the holidays.


Montreal has a strong French-Canadian influence, so that just changes the dynamic of the city.

The 'dynamic' of a place is how it feels or how the different parts work together to make everything function. Notice the following:

  1. There is a big difference in the dynamics of a college class and a high school class.
  2. The dynamic in the office really changed after he left.