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accent • rough • landscape
five-hours • build up
  1. My university was a drive from here.
  2. Sometimes it's difficult to understand him because of his.
  3. The local government has worked hard to the city into a place where tourists would like to come.
  4. We left the dance club early, because there was a very crowd there.
  5. The is beautiful here, because you can see mountains, the ocean and jungles all in one area.
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637 Irish Life
Ruth answers Joel's questions about her country of Ireland.

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I've never been to Ireland, but I can notice your accent a little bit.

Your 'accent' is the sound of your voice when you speak. An accent is what makes an English speaker from Canada and an English speaker from England sound very different. Notice the following:

  1. He learned English when he was so young that he has almost no accent when he speaks it now.
  2. I love your accent. Where are you from?

rough crowd

Because Ireland is famous for whiskey, people assume it's a pretty rough crowd there.

'Rough crowd' can refer to people who like to get into fights or cause problems. It can also be used to refer to people who are not well educated and don't know how to behave with others. Notice the following:

  1. This bar always has kind of a rough crowd.
  2. His band always attracts a rough crowd.


I'm from a place called Bray, which very flat in terms of landscape.

The 'landscape' of a place is how large areas of the land appear when you are looking at them. We usually use landscape for areas that do not have many buildings. Notice the following:

  1. The landscape in this state is really boring.
  2. The window in the hotel has a beautiful view of the landscape.

one-hours drive

Bray is one-hours drive from the capitol of Dublin.

'One-hours drive' is used to show the amount of time it takes to get from one place to another if you are driving. This is commonly used when the actual distance between two places is not far, but it takes longer than you would expect to get there, or when it makes more sense to use time as a measurement than distance. Notice the following:

  1. Where he lives now is a two-hours drive from where he grew up.
  2. She lives about an eight-hours drive from here.

built up

The area around Bray is very built up, but outside the city it's mainly countryside.

Here, 'built up' refers to a place that has been developed and has buildings and shopping centers. Notice the following:

  1. Once they started development in this area, it was built up very quickly.
  2. This town has gotten very built up since the last time I was here.