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describe • scenery • surroundings
ascend • wonderland
  1. The is very beautiful.
  2. It is hard to yourself to others.
  3. You need to the mountain slowly.
  4. Stockholm is a winter in January.
  5. Children are greatly affect by their .
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1100 Teahouses and Terrain

Jonathan talks about trekkers live and what they travail across on the Annapurna trail.

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describe

Can you describe what you see?

When you describe something you explain it so someone can visualize it or see it. We often describe things using adjectives like big, tall, wide, beautiful, etc. Here are some examples using describe:

  1. Can you describe what your girlfriend looks like?
  2. I would describe her as tall, athletic, and pretty.

scenery

The scenery doesn't repeat itself.

Scenery is what you can see around you. Usually scenery refers to nature that a person can see around them such as mountains, trees, stars, etc. Notice the following:

  1. The scenery in the fall is really pretty.
  2. Canada is famous for it's natural scenery.

surroundings

You're going through jungle-type surroundings.

One's surroundings are just things that surround a person. One's surroundings is also the environment around them. Surroundings can be manmade things like buildings, houses, and such, or natural things like trees and mountains. Notice the following:

  1. He is not used to his new surroundings.
  2. The surroundings in the mountains are very peaceful.

ascend

You slowly ascend up above the tree-line.

When you ascend that means you move upwards. You can ascend a mountain, a ladder, some stairs, etc. The opposite of ascend is to descend which means to go downwards. Notice the following:

  1. Planes have to ascend at great speed.
  2. It is tough to ascend the mountain, but easy to descend it.

winter wonderland

You are in a winter wonderland.

A winter wonderland is just a perfect winter scene. Here are a few uses of winter wonderland:

  1. The ski resort is a winter wonderland this time of year.
  2. Sweden can look like a winter wonderland in January.
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