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immigrate • generations • heritage
under age • polluted
  1. He's lived here for 15 years, but is still very proud of his Polish.
  2. The first time she was in France, she met the man she wanted to marry and decided to there.
  3. In many parts of the world, you can't drink water out of the sink faucet because it's too .
  4. There are huge differences between my parents' and grandparents'.
  5. She got a ticket from the police for drinking .
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#524 Tulsa

Tres talks about his hometown.

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Many people from various parts of the world, who either immigrated to Oklahoma, or their parents immigrated there.

To 'immigrate' is to come to a new place with the plan of staying there for a long time.  Notice the following:

  1. Many people immigrate to new countries every year.
  2. In the early 1900s, many people immigrated to the United States from Europe.


And therefore, they’re first generation.

A 'generation' is a group of people born about the same time, who are around the same age.  In this case, 'first generation' refers to the first children born in a new country.  Notice the following:

  1. Although I am only a few years older I don't feel like I am part of my brother's generation.
  2. There were four generations at the family reunion.


So we have a very strong Mexican heritage that still exists.

A 'heritage' is a cultural history or identity. Notice the following:

  1. The tradition of a large wedding is part of our heritage.
  2. It is important to celebrate national heritage, it makes people proud of their countries.

under age

I would visit nightclubs and bars to play in bands when I was under age.

If you are 'under age' you are below the necessary age to have a legal right to do something, for example, drive a car or smoke cigarettes.  Notice the following:

  1. He got a ticket for trying to buy a lottery ticket when he was under age.
  2. Although she was under age to get married, she had false documents.


We have a river that’s pretty much polluted.

To 'pollute' something is to contaminate it or make it impure.  This is commonly used to refer to the environment, such air or water pollution.  Notice the following:

  1. Although they changed the rules for the factories, the air was still being polluted.
  2. The lake was too polluted to drink from.


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