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rollerblading • first language • immersion
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  1. When does your program start?
  2. He fell while he was and cut up his knee.
  3. My has changed a lot since I graduated.
  4. Our is Swedish.
  5. Don't you a little expensive?
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Views #27 Montreal
Ann talks about her city in Canada and what people like to do in the various seasons.

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rollerblading

You can go swimming, hiking, biking and rollerblading there.

'Rollerblading' is like skating on wheels.  The wheels are placed in a line along the bottom of a boot.  Notice the following:

  1. I go rollerblading a few times a week.
  2. There is a great path around the lake for rollerblading.

first language

English is my first language, but I also studied French.

Your 'first language' is also called your native language and it is the first language that you learn to speak when you are a child.  Notice the following:

  1. His first language is Italian, but he speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently.
  2. Is English your first language?

submersion/immersion program

A lot of people in Montreal are in immersion programs.

In an 'immersion program' the students are spoken to and must respond only in the language that they are trying to learn.  The idea behind this is that they will learn more quickly.  Notice the following:

  1. I was in a 2 week submersion program when I first arrived in Guatemala.
  2. He started the immersion program in kindergarten.

find (something) (adjective)

If you have a positive attitude, you'll find learning another language fun rather than stressful.

If you 'find something fun' you think it is fun.  How we find something is our opinion of it.  Notice the following:

  1. I found the exam really difficult.
  2. Did you find the performance a little boring?

another identity

I liked that I could communicate in another language, because then you have another identity.

Our identity is who we are.  The example says that by learning another language we get to become another person in a way.  Notice the following:

  1. It was the first time that he showed another identity.
  2. She has completely another identity at work.