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various • historical • spicy
fun times • fondly
  1. I like the flavor of this stir-fry, but the sauce is a little too for me.
  2. When you are teaching children, it's important to do activities to keep them interested.
  3. We had a lot of together when we were kids.
  4. There are many sites in this area.
  5. I think very of my last summer after high school.
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#527 Family Road Trip

Tres talks about taking road trips with his family.

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Most of the time we’d play various games.

'Various games' refers to many different games, or a variety.  Notice the following:

  1. He had various girlfriends when he was in his twenties.
  2. She had various books in her room, but had never read any of them.

historical site

My parents always made sure that we visited historical sites to learn about the local culture of the area.

A 'historical site' is a place that was important in the past.  This can be a building, a park, a battlefield, etc. Notice the following:

  1. Italy is full of historical sites.
  2. What do you think is most important historical site in the world?


Sounds good. It’s spicy?

If a food is 'spicy,' it probably contains chili of some type.  Spicy food can make your eyes and nose water.  It is hot, but not because of temperature.  Notice the following:

  1. The Indian food was almost too spicy to eat.
  2. I like Mexican food because of the spicy sauces.

fun time

So we had a lot of fun times in the car.

'Fun times' are experiences that are positive and good.  Notice the following:

  1. We can some fun times and Grandma's house when we were kids.
  2. That vacation was full of fun times.


I remember them very fondly.

If you remember something 'fondly' you remember it positively and with affection.  Notice the following:

  1. He looked at his wife fondly.
  2. Although I haven't seen him in years, I will always think of him fondly.


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