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memorable • landscapes • cacti
needles • prick
  1. He takes many photographs of when he travels.
  2. Some of these are close to 50 years old.
  3. A porcupine protects itself with on its body.
  4. I think this family vacation is going to be a one.
  5. If you sew like that you are going to yourself.
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426 Mexican Vacation
Simon talks about a family vacation he took to Baja, Mexico.

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We went to many places, but I have one memorable experience, which is in Baja.

If an event is 'memorable' it is special and something that you will remember. We usually use this talk about positive experiences, but it can be used for negative memories as well. Notice the following:

  1. This will definitely be a memorable experience.
  2. Thank you for making this a memorable birthday for me.


What's the landscape in Baja, California like?

The 'landscape' is the natural form or the land and how it looks over a long, open distance. Notice the following:

  1. Why would they build a city in a landscape like this?
  2. The landscape in this part of the country is really boring.

cactus, cacti

Baja is a desert with lots of cacti, and it's dry and dusty.

A 'cactus' is a desert plant that can grow without a lot of water. It has sharp needles that stick out of it and sometimes grows flowers or fruit. 'Cacti' is the plural of cactus. Notice the following:

  1. There is nothing around here except for cacti.
  2. A cactus is a great plant to have in the house because it can survive for a long time if you forget to water it.


Cactus is a desert plant that has needles which stick and hurt.

Cactus 'needles,' like the needles you use for sewing something, are long, thin objects with a sharp point at one end. If you push your hand against them they will enter your skin and make you bleed. Notice the following:

  1. Sea urchins use their needles to sting fish and kill them.
  2. A cactus has needles to protect it from animals.


I hope to go back to Baja, but I won't prick myself on a cactus.

You 'prick' yourself with something sharp when it enters your skin and makes you bleed. Notice the following:

  1. A small piece of wood pricked my skin when I was carrying that desk.
  2. It is very easy to prick yourself if you aren't careful when you hold a rose.