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Description

Ann is Canadian but she has lived in Sydney. She shares her views about it.

 

Country: Ann from Canada and Todd from the U.S.

Time: 2:07

Level: Intermediate

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Audio Script

TODD

TODDOK, Ann, you spent quite a bit of time in Australia recently, so why don't you talk about that?

 

 

                 

ANN: I really liked living in Australia. I was an international student and I studied

education at the university of Sydney. And living in Sydney was fantastic because I could go to the beach anytime I wanted and there was a great nightlife in Sydney. There are lots of great clubs. And people were very, very friendly and easy-going and I met a lot of international people in living Sydney.

 

TODD TODDMm-hm. How long were you there?  
  ANNI was there for almost a year. ANN
TODD TODDOh, OK.  
  ANNAnd I travelled a little bit in Australia. I went up the east coast, up to Frasier Island which is a world heritage site. And I saw dingos running along the beach and sharks in the water. Umm we climbed cliffs and went through a rain forest and went camping and then we went up to the Whitsundays, which is a bit further north. And the further north you go in Australia, the hotter it gets. So we were able to go swimming in the ocean and I went diving for the first time but it was a little bit risky cause I didn't have a diving license, so I went on an introductory dive and I saw a giant clam that had a really spongy purple inside that I was able to touch and then the clam closed up really quickly.
TODD TODDSo you, did you lose your finger?  
  ANNAlmost. ANN
TODD TODDAlmost. Ah, you're lucky. Um, it's funny, you go in the water and you think you need worry about sharks, not… not clams.  
  ANNExactly. ANN
TODD TODD: Uh, will you be going back to Australia soon?
 
  ANN: I'd like to go and live there for at least another year. Probably I'll go back to Sydney or maybe I might  go down to Melbourne because it's a really interesting cultural city. They have lot of museums and parks.
TODD TODDOK. You gotta choose real quick, only one city, Montreal or Sydney, which do you choose?

 

 
  ANNSydney, without a doubt.

 

ANN
TODD TODDOK. Alright. Thanks a lot.
 
  ANNYou're welcome. ANN

Vocabulary Notes

 Spent time

"You spent time in Australia quite recently, so tell us about that".

To 'spend time' in a place is to be there for a while.  You can also spend time with people.  Notice the following:

 

  1. You have spent a lot of time in the sun recently.
  2. Do you spend a lot of time with your grandparents?
 International student

"I was an international student and I studied at the University of Sydney".

A student that goes to a different country to study is an 'international student.' Notice the following:

 

  1. He will study as an international student next year.
  2. She was an international student in four different countries.
 Risky and diving license

"It's risky to go diving without a diving license".

Something that is 'risky' could have bad consequences.  A 'driving license' is a document that you need to show you can legally drive and that you have passed some sort of driving test. Notice the following:

  1. I got my driving license when I was 16 years old.

Skydiving is a very risky sport.


 Lucky / lose a finger 

"You're lucky you didn't lose your finger to that clam".

If we are 'lucky' we are fortunate for some reason.  And 'losing your finger' means to have your finger removed in or because of some sort of accident.  Notice the following:

 

  1. Do you think you're a lucky person?
  2. He lost his finger in a farming accident.
 Without a doubt

"If I have to choose, I'll choose Sydney, without a doubt".

We use the phrase 'without a doubt' when we have a strong opinion about something.  There is no question in our minds about our opinion.  Notice the following:

 

  1. Without a doubt, you will be offered some type of job.
  2. This was, without a doubt, the best year of my life.

Now, it's your turn!

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