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The Big Change

Alexandra talks about how a hurricane greatly changed the city of Miami.
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Todd: So, Alexandra, you said that you were born in Miami.

Alexandra: Yes, I was.

Todd: And you still live there?

Alexandra: Yes, I am, I do live there, now.

Todd: Has the city changed a lot?

Alexandra: Actually it has. As a young kid, there was a lot more freedom as a child to just run around your neighborhood or ride your bike, go to school without being escorted by a parent or going on a bus, you could walk to school or ride your bike to school.

Now there are so many more people in the city and the demographics have changed due to a hurricane we had about ten or twelve years ago, and so it's, the parents now have to be more vigilant with their children. Be more careful. There's more people.

Todd: You said a hurricane changed the demographics.

Alexandra: Yes, in, Hurricane Andrew had come into Florida, lower, southern Florida, and had completely demolished this south of Miami, a city called homestead, and all those residents moved up to Miami, and many of the residents in Miami that had damage from the hurricane moved up to the next county up. So you have a completely different demographic coming in. Many people from other parts that were affected in South Florida also moved up, and also the people that are originally in Miami, some even moved out of the state. They had enough of hurricanes. You get a category five which is probably the strongest hurricane there is, blow through and completely destroy your home, you really don't want to stick around anymore for another taste, so and also Miami has become a very popular place to come and live and work, so you have an increase in population, and different types of population. As I said before there's many different people's from different countries and every so often you have a new wave of immigrants coming in, so it changes things.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


Without being escorted by a parent.

If you are 'escorted' by someone they take you from one place to another to make sure you arrive safely. Notice the following:

  1. Many famous people have escorts for protection.
  2. There are people who will escort you to your seat.


The demographics have changed due to a hurricane.

'Demographics' of an area are the statics about the population of that area. For example, information about age, gender or race are demographic information. Notice the following:

  1. Democraphically this is a young country.
  2. The demographics of many countries have changed a lot during wars.


Parents now have to be more vigilant with their children.

A person who is 'vigilant' is alert and aware of what is happening around them. A vigilant parent is very aware of what his child does. Notice the following:

  1. He is more vigilant about things now than when he was younger.
  2. She is extremely vigilant about what her children eat.

to stick around

You really don't want to stick around.

To 'stick around' a place means to stay there longer than you have intended to stay. Notice the following:

  1. He always sticks around longer than you want him to.
  2. I want to stick around here until I get a good answer.

new wave

You have a new wave of immigrants coming in.

A 'wave' of people is a group of people that enter a place at the same time. A 'new wave' would be the people who have arrived most recently. Notice the following:

  1. There is usually a wave of people at lunch and then a new wave at dinner.
  2. People have been coming in waves most of the day.

Vocabulary Quiz

escorted • demographics • vigilant
stick around • new wave
  1. I decided to another night.
  2. Recently there has been a of conservative politicians.
  3. The police officers the criminal to the courthouse.
  4. Because of his health problems he has to be about what he eats.
  5. of an area can be a problem if most of the people are old.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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