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bungalow • rural towns • close-knit
interact • seems to know
  1. Do you have a group of friends?
  2. Everyone all the answers, but I don't.
  3. You will pass through three before you get to ours.
  4. We rented a little by the ocean for our honeymoon.
  5. He is nervous to with the customers.
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95 Ireland
Shane talks about his home country in Ireland and the city is his from.

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bungalow house

I live in a bungalow house outside the town.

A 'bungalow house' is a small, one story house which was inspired by houses in India. We can also simply say 'bungalow'. Notice the following:

  1. Are you interested in buying a bungalow house?
  2. They are building a small bungalow on the property.

rural town

I'm from a very small town; it's like a rural town.

A 'rural town' is a very small town in a rural setting.  It is surrounded by open spaces like farms and fields.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a rural town about 15 minutes from the cabin.
  2. She's from the city and could never live in a rural town.

close-knit community

My town is a close-knit community.

A group of people is 'close-knit' if they are very emotionally close and active in each other's lives. A community is a group of people living close to one another in an area. Notice the following:

  1. The employees at my job are a very close-knit community.
  2. I had a very close-knit community of friends in my hometown.

interact with

You'll see young people who interact with older people.

When you 'interact with' people you talk with them or come in contact with them. Notice the following:

  1. How often do you interact with your bosses?
  2. His favorite part of traveling is interacting with the local people.

everyone seems to know each other

There is lots of interaction between people, and everyone seems to know each other.

'Everyone seems to know each other' in small towns or communities where people recognize each other and interact with each other everyday.  Everyone knows what happens in the lives of the other people in the community.  Notice the following:

  1. He comes from a place where everyone seems to know each other.
  2. It was strange to go from a big city to a place where everybody seems to know each other.