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in particular • dynamic • relatively
get-away • immigrate
  1. I'm short in my country, but tall in Peru.
  2. Many Mexicans to the United States every year.
  3. To teach young children you should be a very person.
  4. He plays many sports, but enjoys basketball .
  5. When you live on the beach you don't really need a tropical .
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Mixer #10 Favorite Country

Six people share their thoughts on their favorite country besides their own.

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in particular


I really loved Australia and in particular Melbourne city.

The phrase 'in particular'  draws our attention to the most important of many similar things or to show that we are not making a general statement, but rather a comment about a particular thing.  Notice the following:

  1. I love sports; tennis in particular.
  2. As a kid, William loved Man U.; in particular David Beckham.



Melbourne is a really dynamic, vibrant city.

Someone or something that is 'dynamic' is very exciting and energetic.  Notice the following:

  1. Shanghai has become the most dynamic city in China.
  2. Madonna's a lot older now, but she's still a very dynamic singer.



It's relatively cheap to go to Thailand.

We use the word 'relatively' to compare similar things. If I say that bananas are relatively cheap, it means that bananas are cheaper than other fruit. Alan thinks that it is cheaper to go to Thailand than other places.  Notice the following:

  1. Hondas are expensive, but they are relatively cheap compared to Mercedes Benz.
  2. Clothing is relatively cheap in the US. compared with other developed countries.

a tropical get-away


It's a good place for a tropical get-away.

A 'tropical get-away' is the dream vacation for many people. It usually includes beaches, palm trees, sunny weather and none of the daily stress we often deal with. People usually like to go on tropical get-aways during the winter months when it is cold where they live. Notice the following:

  1. It's been a stressful year.  I could use a tropical get-away.
  2. Some people prefer skiing in the mountains to a tropical get-away.



My parents are from Lebanon, and they immigrated to Canada.

When we 'immigrate,' we leave our home country forever to live in another country.  It's a very serious change.  Notice the following:

  1. With the exception of native Americans, the US is largely  a country of immigrants.
  2. My best friend immigrated from Algeria to France in 1997.