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starving • central • Amazon
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  1. Most people use the river for transportation in the region.
  2. The ocean keeps the climate comfortable for most of the year.
  3. Many people from the part of the country have never left their own country.
  4. The temperature in the is much more comfortable than it is on the coast.
  5. I can't believe you ate that whole pizza. You must have been .
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1233 Columbian Food

Felipe talks about various foods from his native country of Colombia.

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starving

Actually, I'm starving, and I wanted to ask you about food.

Here, 'starving' means really, really hungry, but literally starving means that you are dying from not having enough food to eat. Notice the following:

  1. I need to eat something now. I'm starving, and I'm getting a headache.
  2. You haven't eaten all day? You must be starving.

central

If you travel to the central part of Colombia, you will find a soup called ajijaco.

The 'central' part of a country is the part right in the middle. It is not close to any of the borders with other countries. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the people live in the central part of the country, because that is where the weather is the best.
  2. He is from the central region, so he has a unique accent.

Amazon region

We have different kinds of fruits in the Amazon region.

The 'Amazon region' of Colombia is the part of the country that is very close to the Amazon river. Notice the following:

  1. There are many unusual insects in the Amazon region.
  2. We are taking a trip to the Amazon region of Brazil.

highlands

Coffee is grown in the highlands

The 'highlands' of a country are the areas that have mountains or a higher elevation. Notice the following:

  1. People from the highlands are very different than people from the coast.
  2. Is it much cooler in the highlands?

coastal region

There is a lot of fish in the traditional food in the coastal region.

The 'coastal region' is the part of the country next to the ocean. Notice the following:

  1. I grew up in the coastal region of the country, so I'm used to being close to the ocean.
  2. This is a very popular drink in the coastal region.
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