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  1. I got hungry a lot more often in Vietnam, because all of their food is .
  2. With the increase in technology and development, there has been an in the population here.
  3. The concert we went to last night was out of this .
  4. Most of the population was killed off by disease.
  5. After growing up in a city like New York, it was very hard for him to move to the country.
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783 UAE

Greg talks about living in the United Arab Emirates and its two main cities.

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native population

The native population is maybe 30% of the population.

The 'native population' refers to the indigenous or original people from a certain country who were there before colonialists came.

Notice the following:

  1. I always try to meet people from the native population, as I think it is important to learn and respect their culture.
  2. There are not many people from the native population who live here anymore.


People from all over the world, and actually it's very cosmopolitan.

When an area is considered to be 'cosmopolitan,' it has people from all parts of the world living in it. It is very diverse.

Notice the following:

  1. I think quite a lot of the major cities in the world are very cosmopolitan these days.
  2. She likes to visit places that are cosmopolitan.

explosion in the population

There was an explosion in the population and new buildings were going up every day.

When there is an 'explosion in the population' it means that there is a rapid increase in the number of people living in a certain area.

Notice the following:

  1. In the early part of the century there was an explosion in the population.
  2. Immigration means that certain countries have seen an explosion in population.


What's the local food? Is it rice based?

When cuisine is 'rice-based,' it means that rice forms the basis of most of the meals.

Notice the following:

  1. Most of the cooking that I do at home is rice based.
  2. I would like to know more about Thai cooking; is it rice based?

out of this world

The olives are also wonderful. Out of this world.

When something is described as 'out of the this world,' it means that it is wonderful.

Notice the following:

  1. I love your dress; it is out of this world.
  2. The holiday was wonderful. It was simply out of this world.



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