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935 Santi Time
Santi from Indonesia talks about a Christmas where it is not common.

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major

Are there any other major religions in Indonesia?

Here, 'major' means large and well known.  Note the following:

  1. This town does not have any major department stores.
  2. We have all the major fast food restaurants.

that's all

We go out to dinner and that's all.

We add 'that's all'  when we have nothing more to say about something.  Note the following:

  1. Alright class, that's all for today. See you tomorrow.
  2. For lunch that 's all I had: an apple and some water.

not a big deal

It's not that big of a deal.

Something that is not a big deal is not a serious problem.  Note the following:

  1. If you forget to bring your book to class it's not that big of a deal.
  2. It is a big deal if you do not pay your taxes.

bummed

Were you bummed when you didn't get a present?

'Bummed' is American slang that means sad or dissapointed.  Note the following:

  1. We were bummed you could not make it to the party.
  2. He was bummed he did not get the promotion.

teach ... a lesson

Christmas without gift giving teaches children a lesson.

We are taught a lesson when someone or some experience teaches us what not to do in the future.  Note the following:

  1. I got sick from eating too much candy. It taught me a lesson.
  2. My mother caught me smoking so she made me smoke the whole pack. It definitely taught me a lesson.