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  1. We serve all kinds of of coffee drinks here.
  2. He is used to around with his older sister's friends.
  3. She to get frustrated easily in the morning.
  4. Where I've been , we don't eat with a knife and fork.
  5. Make sure you wear socks so your feet don't get cold.
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727 Winter in Sweden
Peter talks about how people get by during the really cold Swedish winters.

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it tends to

Swedish life in winter is really harsh, it tends to get pretty cold, especially around December, January.

Something that 'tends to' happen usually happens.

Notice the following:

  1. It tends to rain quite a lot in Spring.
  2. If you run a lot it tends to help you to lose weight.

thick clothes

You always have to go and buy new clothes, new thick clothes in order to survive the winter.

'Thick clothes' are garments that are made with heavy material so that they keep you warm.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not want to wear too many thick clothes, as I can get too hot.
  2. If you go skiing, make sure that you wear lots of thick clothes.

where I've been raised

Usually around Stockholm, where I've been raised, we tend to do very little things.

'Where I've been raised' means the same as 'where I grew up.'

Notice the following:

  1. Where I've been raised, people like the snow.
  2. Where I've been raised, you learn to appreciate sunny days.

hang around

You just hang around with friends celebrating Christmas.

When you 'hang around,' it means that you spend your time in a leisurely way, without doing anything special.

Notice the following:

  1. I often hang around with my sister at the weekend.
  2. We all hang around together in a big group.

all kinds of variations

We've got all kinds of variations of sausages.

'All kinds of variations' means many different types.

Notice the following:

  1. There are all kinds of variations of cars in the car park.
  2. I make all kinds of variations of cupcakes.