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1257 Traveling to Taiwan

Hana talks about a trip she took to Taiwan and her thoughts of her trip and the country.

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a lot of

I saw a lot of culture. I saw a lot of history.

'A lot of' means 'much' and is used instead of 'much' in positive sentences. Notice the following:

  1. There is a lot of snow in winter.
  2. I have a lot of free time today.

You wouldn't believe

You wouldn't believe how good it is.

The phrase 'you wouldn't believe, you won't believe, and I can't believe' are common phrases to show something is surprising. Notice the following:

  1. You wouldn't believe how beautiul Bali is.
  2. You won't believe how little it costs.
  3. I can't believe you didn't call me.

the good thing (about it / is)

Everything tastes amazing. And the good thing about it, it's really, really cheap.

We often use the phrase 'the good thing (is)' to express another unexpected benefit. Notice the following:

  1. I got a new job, and the good thing is I get to live near my girlfirend.
  2. This dish is really easy to make, and the good thing about it is it is really healthy.

a lot

My friend helped me a lot with all the food

We use 'a lot' after a verb to show the action was done is large amounts. Notice the following:

  1. He talks a lot.
  2. She works a lot.


I liked the town, and since it was cheap, I stayed.

Since means 'because' in these sentences. Notice the following:

  1. Since it is raining, let's stay inside.
  2. Bob is late, but we should start dinner since the food is getting cold.

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