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  1. Some people find it difficult to with him because of his strong accent.
  2. This set of can be used to create a castle.
  3. Wow. You have a of movies. May I borrow one?
  4. I think she has red hair, but she dyes it black.
  5. Do you want to share something? The sandwiches here are .
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614 Hong Kong to Canada
Shuan talks about growing up in Hong Kong and Canada.

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originally

I was actually originally born in Hong Kong.

Here, 'originally' is used to show that the first place that Shuan lived, or where he comes from, is actually Hong Kong. This can be used to show a difference in where someone is from compared to where he lives now. Notice the following:

  1. Coffee originally came from Ethiopia.
  2. She's originally from Vietnam, but she's lived here since she was 12.

massive

What I do remember most about Hong Kong are the massive buildings.

Something 'massive' is really big. Notice the following:

  1. It's hard to believe that such a small woman could have a massive son like him.
  2. It's impossible to imagine how massive these mountains really are when you are just looking at a picture.

converse

I used to be able to converse in Chinese pretty much.

When you are 'conversing' with someone, you are having an informal conversation. Notice the following:

  1. They were conversing quietly, so nobody could hear their conversation.
  2. I know enough German to converse a little bit.

a whole bunch

When I got to Canada, I got laughed at a whole bunch because of my accent.

A 'whole bunch' means the same as 'a lot.' Notice the following:

  1. Don't buy anything to eat. We have a whole bunch of food here.
  2. I can't come with you today, because I have a whole bunch of homework I need to get done.

lego

I spent most of my days at home playing with lego.

'Legos' are little toy blocks that connect together to build things and are commonly used by children. Notice the following:

  1. It's hard to believe it, but that statue is made entirely of legos.
  2. When he was a child, he could spend hours playing with his legos in the basement.