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  1. No ! I didn't know you were getting married!
  2. This whiskey was for 15 years.
  3. New York is a great place for shopping in clothing stores.
  4. If there is no rain in a place for a long time it can cause plants to die and there to be a .
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313 Ecuadorian Food

Jose talks about some common dishes in his country.

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That was so important for Europe, during the famine in Europe.

A 'famine' is when there is little or no food for a population. A famine can happen when there is a problem growing or producing food or when a group of people can't receive available food for some reason.

Notice the following:

  1. This famine has caused quite a crisis.
  2. The famine caused many people to lose their lives.


You have to mature the cheese.

When you 'mature' something like wine or cheese you let it sit for a period of time so that it tastes better. We can use this also to talk about fruit that becomes ready to eat. A person is mature when they act in a way that is typical of someone older.

Notice the following:

  1. She is very sensible and mature for her age.
  2. These strawberries are not mature enough to pick yet.

No kidding

No kidding! Wow!

'No kidding' is a phrase used to show that you are surprised or you can't believe what you have just found out.

Notice the following:

  1. No kidding! I have won the lottery!
  2. You just bought a new car? No kidding!


No, no! That's embarrassing.

We feel 'embarrassed' when we do something foolish or make a mistake. Sometimes when you are embarrassed your face becomes red and hot. Something that makes us feel embarrassed is 'embarrassing.'

Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe I dropped my plate. I am so embarrassed.
  2. It is embarrassing that I forgot his birthday two years in a row.


In Quito you have maybe two or three different Japanese restaurants. All of them very upscale at least.

An 'upscale' restaurant is of a higher class and usually quite expensive.

Notice the following:

  1. The hotel is very upscale.
  2. The whole city has been upgraded and is upscale now. It looks great!



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