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1014 Islands Apart

CleAnn talks about how Trinidad AND Tabago are the same country but two unique places.

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known for

imageAlthough it’s not known for beaches, Trinidad has a lot of wetlands.

“Known for” describes what something is famous for or what people normally think of when they hear a person or place talked about. Notice the two examples below:

  1. Brazil is known for its great soccer players.
  2. She is well known for her gourmet cooking.


imageWe have a lot of wetlands like swamps.

A swamp is an area where water collects. It is different from a pond or a lake because the water is not deep and plants stick out above the water. See the following examples:

  1. I wouldn’t try to walk through that swamp, because sometimes there are alligators.
  2. It has been raining so much for the last few days that my yard has turned into a swamp!


imageWe have a lot of natural savanna.

A savannah is a large area of grassland without many trees. Africa is known for its savanna where many large animals such as lions and giraffes live. See the examples below:

  1. I wouldn’t want to work in the savanna because there is no protection from the sun.
  2. Lions are the kings of the savanna.

sets them apart

imageThey are proud that they have something unique that sets them apart.

Something that makes someone or something different. In the example above, people from Tobago feel proud that they have something special that makes them different from Trinidad. See the examples below:

  1. Her eyes are blue which sets her apart from her friends who all have brown eyes.
  2. He spends many hours studying every day which sets him apart from the other students.

official language

imageThe official language is English, right?

An official language is a language that is used in the schools, courts and government of a country or state. Sometimes the official language is not the first language of the majority of the people in the area. Study the following examples:

  1. In Ireland, only a small minority of people speak Irish, but it is the official language.
  2. The United Nations has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.