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custom • togetherness • their own
waste • futon
  1. We don't want to water, so only do laundry when you have to.
  2. I just sleep on a in the living room when I visit my brother.
  3. Are we sharing hotel rooms this weekend, or is everybody just getting ?
  4. My friends and I have a strong sense of .
  5. The of greeting everyone around you in a restaurant is strange to get used to.
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#519 Exchange Student

Kate talk about being an exchange students.

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It was very interesting. The customs were so different.

"Customs" are the social habits or traditions of a country, group of people or family, which have a long history.  Notice the following:

  1. It was difficult to adapt to the custom of eating with her hands.
  2. It is a custom in our family to eat turkey on holiday.


In a way they have this togetherness, the family.

If a group of people have "togetherness," then they have intimacy, friendship or feeling of community.  Notice the following:

  1. The family was very close; they had a togetherness that was obvious.
  2. The team won most of the games, not because of their skill, but because of their togetherness.

get their own

Everybody just gets their own dinner.

If you "get your own" car it means you buy it for yourself.  Notice the following:

  1. Everybody should get their own ticket to the concert.
  2. They were tired of living in an apartment and finally got their own house.


They all share the same water, they don’t waste water.

To "waste" something is to use or consume it without good reason.  For example if you leave lights on when you aren't using them you are wasting electricity.  Notice the following:

  1. He always wastes his money on clothes that he wears one time.
  2. She wastes a lot of time chatting with her friends on the internet.


I slept on a futon.

A "futon" is a combination of a sofa and a bed.  It folds up to be a sofa and lies flat to be a bed.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a futon that you can sleep on in the living room.
  2. He didn't have a lot of furniture, but he had a futon and a television, which was all he wanted.


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