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counting • break down • onus
pass on • part of my identity
  1. He will the tradition to our children.
  2. He is proud of his national .
  3. Most people the country into three areas.
  4. The is on you to succeed.
  5. There are three people coming, not myself.
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1281 Langauge Zones

Abiedemi talks with Todd about the different languages that are spoken in her country.

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not --- counting

That's not even counting the dialects

This phrase meanings 'not including.' Notice the following:

  1. His whole family works at his company, and that is not even counting his in-laws.
  2. 300 people from the school were there, and that's not even counting the parents too.

break --- down

You start breaking them down into dialects.

When you break something down, you make it easier to understand. Notice the following:

  1. Let's break down these statistics.
  2. I am having trouble breaking down this analysis.


The onus is on the families to teach their children their native languages at home

An onus is one's own resposibility. Notice the following:

  1. The onus is on the student to do their homework.
  2. Sadly, these days the onus is on workers to find their own healthcare program.

pass on

Do you think you'll pass on the language to your children some day?

When you pass something on, you keep it active from one generation to another. Notice the following:

  1. My grandfather passed on his skill of watchmaking to my father.
  2. The tradition of Sunday night dinners has been passed on from generation to generation.

part of my identy

Yoruba is part of my identity.

When something is part of your identity, it is something people associate with you. Notice the following:

  1. Little Wayne's teeth is part of his identity.
  2. Wearing a bow tie is part of his identity.

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