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ethnicity • navigate • pastime
stereotype • festival
  1. This game is a traditional here. Everyone knows how to play it.
  2. The cultural here is one of the biggest in the country.
  3. He developed a strong sense of his as a teenager.
  4. It is the that everyone who grew up here lived on a farm.
  5. I can't figure out how to my new cell phone. Can you show me?
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442 Samoan Life
Patricia talks about life on Samoa.

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Hawaii consists of so many ethnicities, like even the original people are not really Hawaiians.

A person's 'ethnicity' is his ethnic traits or identity. Your 'ethnicity' is how you identify yourself in terms of your cultural, religious or racial group. Notice the following:

  1. Her ethnicity has had a huge impact on her life.
  2. People in this area have a strong and uniform ethnicity.


The different cultures that they inherited as they were navigating around the word made them very multicultural.

When you 'navigate' you move over or through something, like land or sea, with a specific direction. We can also use 'navigating' to talk about using something like a computer where you can move from one program to another inside the computer. Notice the following:

  1. I am having trouble navigating this new program. It's really confusing.
  2. It's easy to navigate the city if you use the mountains to guide you.


What are the popular sports and popular hobbies and pastimes in Samoa?

A 'pastime' is like a hobby or something that you do to make the time go more quickly. It is something that amuses or entertains you. Notice the following:

  1. One of my favorite pastimes is to sit in the park and watch the dogs.
  2. I am so busy with work right now that I don't have time for pastimes.


I imagine tiki torches and things like that, but maybe that's a stereotype.

A 'stereotype' is an image or an idea that is generally held about a place or a group of people. Many times stereotypes are generalized, incorrect or negative. Notice the following:

  1. It is a stereotype that men are better drivers than women.
  2. The idea that everyone who speaks Spanish eats spicy food is a stereotype.


We have it in the morning, afternoon or evening, depending on the event or festival.

You have a 'festival' to celebrate something. It like a big party for cultural or religious reasons. Festivals usually have food, dance and traditional elements. Notice the following:

  1. There is a big beer festival here at the beginning of October.
  2. My friends and I are going to a three-day music festival near Chicago.