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village • dialects • ties
show emotion • square
  1. There are many different of Spanish depending on the country and the area.
  2. All of his traveling experience have made him into a and understanding person.
  3. It is unprofessional to while you are at work, especially anger.
  4. He has been away from home for so long that he has almost no here now.
  5. Everyone in the helps each other.
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364 Osaka and Tokyo
Kawabe compares Japan's two biggest cities.

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village

It's a big city but it's also at the same time like a huge village.

A 'village' is smaller than a town and has a friendly feel to it.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to think of London as a collection of lots of little villages that have been joined together.
  2. When I retire I would like to live in a village.

dialect

In Tokyo, nobody speaks with a dialect but in Osaka everybody speaks the same language, I mean that Osaka dialect.

A 'dialect' is the certain way that people from a particular area speak. Each regional dialect will have its own special features such as vocabulary or phrases.

Notice the following:

  1. She has quite a strong regional dialect.
  2. When you learn a new language it is sometimes made harder if it has lots of different dialects.

tie

That is why I think they are feeling the same kind of tie.

A 'tie' is something that binds two or more things together. In this case it refers to a connection between people.

Notice the following:

  1. I feel like I have strong ties to this city even though I've only lived here for a few months.
  2. Having pets really ties you down.

show emotion

You don't show your emotion very much.

To 'show emotion' means to display your feelings for everyone to see. You can show emotion with your facial expression or you actions.

Notice the following:

  1. She does not like to show her emotions easily.
  2. You need to show emotion in order to be a good actor.

square

You've got to be very, very decent, square, and you've got to act cool.

In this case, 'square' means that you are well rounded person. Usually a square person refers to someone who very intelligent, but not very good with social interaction.

Notice the following:

  1. We need good honest and square people.
  2. I need a husband who is square and decent.