TO EMIGRATE is to leave your country to live in another. Think exiting. Think saying goodbye to your native country. North Korea has many restrictions to prevent its citizens from emigrating.
TO IMMIGRATE is to come to a country to which you are not native, usually as a permanent resident. The European Union, curiously, does not have the same immigration laws for every country. The EU receives many refugees who are immigrating to Europe because of war. The people who immigrate are called IMMIGRANTS.
TO MIGRATE is to move from one region to another, think birds that migrate from winter to summer or whales that migrate from cold water to warm water. There is a kind of workers who migrate from their country or region to do seasonal work. They are called MIGRANT WORKERS. They move around a lot and do not usually stay in the country or region they migrate to. It is estimated that in the U.S.A., 6 out of 10 migrant workers who work in agriculture are foreign and undocumented.
Sometimes all three of these verbs can be used to talk about or describe the same situation. It all depends on where you want to put the emphasis: on coming or leaving or just moving around. If you sometimes daydream about emigrating from your country, you should find out what rights immigrants have in the country you are fantasying about immigrating to.
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Most paleontologists believe that dinosaurs used to enormous distances in search of food and water.
More people want to from Mexico than from any other country in the world. India ranks #2 and Russia ranks #3. Over 11% of Mexico’s native population lives abroad.
More people want to to the U.S.A. than other country, and it hosts around 20% the population of the world that seeks to begin a new life in a “land of opportunity.” Surprisingly, because Russia has launched a program to attract people from former Soviet Republics, it ranks second in the world for as a destination to begin a new life. Germany is in third place.
As for Brazil, it does not market itself to prospective . Argentina, which has a fifth of Brazil’s population, attracts double the number of . However, Brazilians like to from their native country, and their favorite destinations are Australia, Canada and the U.S.A. People say that Brazil is going through a “brain drain” because so many of the Brazilian have higher educational levels.
The word cliffhanger comes from cliffs. Duh. Cliffs are vertical, or nearly vertical, rocks that have been formed by erosion and weathering. There are lots of famous cliffs, but the first ones that come to my mind are the White Cliffs of Dover, probably because there was a popular World War II song about them that was part of my childhood, and also because they are on the historical English coastline.
When one thinks of cliffhangers, England and its gothic novels always come to mind. Cliffhangers are the kind of story, book or movie that uses suspense either at the end of an episode or a scene. A good example was the way the final episode of Game of Thrones, season 5, was done. Jon Snow was dead. Or was he? Those of us who sweated it out until season 6 was aired were never really sure. The writers used old-fashioned melodrama, suspense and uncertainty, and the audience was left as if hanging from a cliff in a state of tension and apprehension. And that’s a true cliffhanger.
This part of the blog will not be able to offer any nail-biting cliffhangers, but it will have classes in series, and I hope they will be interesting enough that you will want to come back and read what happens next, even if you don’t lose sleep anticipating the next chapter. Enjoy.