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assimilate • neutral • passionate
bond • reserved
  1. We've always been very about exercise.
  2. They are an odd couple. She is very and he is loud and outgoing.
  3. She has a special with her brother.
  4. I'm actually very about that issue. I have no strong feelings.
  5. How long did it take you to to life here?
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622 Soul mates
Lucinda talks about her boyfriend and having a cross-cultural relationship.

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We have 'assimilated' to each other's cultures in our relationship, so it's not a problem.

When you 'assimilate' to a different culture, you change the way that you do things in your own culture to incorporate parts of a different culture. Notice the following:

  1. You can't expect that you will assimilate immediately. It is something that takes time.
  2. Although Peruvian culture is very different from her how, it didn't take her long to assimilate to her new life.


Japan was a like a neutral culture, because that's where we met so we lived in the same culture.

Here, 'neutral' just refers to the fact that neither Lucinda nor Kwame is from Japan, so neither of them is more comfortable in Japan than the other. Notice the following:

  1. I would prefer to talk to you about all of this in a more neutral setting than your house.
  2. Sweden is a very neutral country.

passionate about

He likes basketball and is very passionate about that.

Something you are 'passionate about' is something you are very interested in. Notice the following:

  1. After he found out he was moving to Spain, he became very passionate about learning Spanish.
  2. She is extremely passionate about her writing.

have a bond with

When I play the PlayStation game, I feel like I have this bond with the player in that game.

If you 'have a bond with' someone, you have a connection to them or something in common that brings you closer. Notice the following:

  1. I feel like I have a special bond with the character in this book.
  2. They had a bond from the first time they met.


He is very quiet and he's very reserved in his opinions for certain things.

Used like this, reserved refers to someone who does not share his own ideas or act in a way that makes people focus attention on him. Notice the following:

  1. I am usually very reserved the first time I meet people.
  2. Since they broke up, he has become a lot more reserved.