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strict • patriarchal • shunned
mad at me • spawn
  1. He was in his family for marrying a girl from a different religion.
  2. She seemed like the of Dracula because she was always biting other kids.
  3. Do you promise you won't get if I tell you the truth?
  4. Because of his health issues he has to be very about what he eats.
  5. It is hard to get used to living in such a society. I'm used to equality.
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571 Two Cultures

Rina talks about being from two different cultures.

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strict

My dad was very strict. I wasn't allowed to work.

When you talk about 'strict' rules, this refers to rules that are enforced carefully and with no flexibility.  'Strict' also implies very conservative ideas.  Notice the following:

  1. He is on a very strict diet.  He only eats vegetables.
  2. It is a very strict company, but it's a good job.

patriarchal

It was a typical patriarchal society.

A 'patriarchal' society is a society where the men have the most power.  Notice the following:

  1. It was a patriarchal business, and it was difficult to be the only woman.
  2. Although the country was quite modern, his family came from a very strict patriarchal community.

shun

I went there and a lot of people shunned me.

If you 'shun' someone, you stay far away from them.  This could be because you don't like them or because you are embarrassed by them.  Notice the following:

  1. After the problems at work, my coworkers basically shunned me.
  2. He never shuns poor people and usually gives them money.

mad at me

They were mad at me because I was too Canadian.

To be 'mad at someone' is to be angry with him.  Notice the following:

  1. My best friend is mad at me and I don't know why.
  2. He always gets so mad at me when we play chess and I win.

spawn

They thought I was just basically Satan's spawn.

In this case 'spawn' is the child or offspring of Satan.  This word usually has a negative feeling.  Notice the following:

  1. My boss is the spawn of the Devil.
  2. She is really beautiful, but her children look like the spawn of Godzilla.

 

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