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1051 Mexico Celebrates 200 Years

Deigo talks about how Mexico celebrates its 200 years of independence this year.

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We do a lot of traditional things. The most obvious one is we eat a lot.

When something is easy to see or understand we say it is obvious. Notice the examples:

  1. Jack failed the English test. It’s obvious he didn’t study.
  2. The city can be dangerous at night so for obvious reasons you shouldn’t walk alone.

War of Independence

The War for Independence happened 200 years ago.

When one country is controlled by another foreign country it is not independent. Sometimes a war is necessary to gain freedom from the foreign country. We call that freedom ‘independence’. Here are two examples.

  1. France celebrates Independence Day on the 14th of July.
  2. Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1810.

fight for liberty

He was screaming for the people to fight for liberty.

Liberty’ means the freedom to live life as one wishes. Here, it talks about the freedom of people to practice their religious or political beliefs. Notice the following.

  1. Early America borrowed much of its concept of liberty from the French.
  2. Many Western democracies believe liberty to be the right of everyone.


The people re-enact the War of Independence.

If you re-enact something, you try to make it happen again as a performance or role play, in exactly the same way that it happened the first time. In this case, people re-enact the war as a way to help remember an important event. Notice the samples below.

  1. Police officers re-enacted the crime for reality TV.
  2. They re-enact the famous battle every year.

as soon as

As soon as it turns midnight, the holiday starts.

We use the phrase 'as soon as' to talk about an event that will happen immediately after another event. Notice the following samples.

  1. Mom said I could watch TV as soon as I finished my homework.
  2. You may leave as soon as you finish the exam.