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  1. Although he has lived in Canada most of his life, he has worked hard to his South African roots.
  2. For me, Thai food has the perfect of sweet and spicy.
  3. He is a Mexican, and still celebrates all of his country's national holidays.
  4. Even by American , this is a very big sandwich.
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713 Summer in Montreal
Lisa discusses the activities you can do in Montreal in summer.

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a very proud Canadian

Lisa says she is a very proud Canadian

A 'very proud Canadian' is a person who is from Canada that is patriotic to their country.

Notice the following:

  1. The whole family are very proud Canadians.
  2. The bar was full of very proud Canadians

for Canadian standards

Montreal is a big city for Canadian standards located in eastern Canada.

'For Canadian standards' means 'compared to what is normal for Canada.'

Notice the following:

  1. For Canadian standards, the winter was very mild.
  2. I think, for Canadian standards, the house was very small.

maintained its French roots

It is a city that was founded by the French and has always maintained its French roots.

To 'maintain roots' means that you are trying to keep up the traditions of the country where you are from (in this case France).

Notice the following:

  1. He tried to maintain his French roots by cooking French cuisine.
  2. The restaurant kept true to France and maintained its French roots.

a perfect blend

Montreal today is a perfect blend of European French influences with English speaking from the rest of Canada culture.

When something has a 'perfect blend,' it means that it has the right mix of things.

Notice the following:

  1. The shop has a perfect blend of formal and casual clothes.
  2. The buffet was a perfect blend of sweet and savory dishes.

bilingual

In Quebec people are bilingual; they speak English and French.

If somebody is 'bilingual,' it means that they can speak more than one language fluently.

Notice the following:

  1. My mum is French and my dad is German, so I am bilingual.
  2. I have always admired people who are bilingual.