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SUMMER VACATION

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Description:

Jeanna talks about her summer vacation and what she did.

Country: Jeanna and Todd from the U.S.

Time: 1:17

Level: Intermediate

Normal speed

A bit slower 


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Audio Script

TODD

TODDOK. We're back with Jeanna. Uh, you wanna talk about your summer vacation.

 

                 

JEANNA: Sure. Uh, I went to Las Vegas, Nevada; Reno, Nevada; Tahoe, California; and San Diego, California and Disneyland.

 

TODD TODDWow! Sounds like a really good time.

 

 

 
  JEANNA:  Yeah, it was. It was a lot of fun.
TODD TODDWhat was the best place?

 

 
  JEANNA: Probably Las Vegas. It was the most interesting.
TODD TODDOK. Why was it the most interesting?  
  JEANNA: It was just really busy and there was always stuff going on. Ya know, never resting.

 

 

TODD TODDOK. Ah, for example what stuff is going on? Like, what did you do?

 

 
  JEANNA: Umm, well, we went shopping a lot, in a lot of different casinos that had malls in them, umm, went and visited the Hoover Dam.

 

 
TODD

TODDOh, wow! It's pretty big.

 
  JEANNA: Yeah, really big.
TODD TODDThat's a lot of water. Did you go swimming?

 

 
 

                                             JEANNA: No.

 

TODD TODDCan you swim in the Hoover Dam?

 

 
  JEANNA:  Uh, you can swim in the reservoir.
TODD TODDYeah. OK. How’d you get to Las Vegas?
 
  JEANNA:   Uh, by plane, umm from Oakland to Las Vegas.
TODD TODDOK. How long did it take?
 
  JEANNA: About an hour and forty-five minutes.
TODD TODDOK. Do you think you'll go back to Las Vegas someday in the future?
 
  JEANNA: Hopefully.

Vocabulary Notes

   Sounds like a good time 

“It sounds like a really good time”.

If something 'sounds like a good time' it seems like it will be fun.  A 'good time' is something fun or exciting that we can do and 'sounds like' can be used to express our opinion about the description of an event.  Notice the following:

 

  1. It sounds like a really good job opportunity.
  2. Did you have a good time at the fair?
   Most interesting

“Why was Las Vegas the most interesting?”

This is the superlative form of 'interesting' which means that Las Vegas was more exciting or intriguing than everything else.  We use 'most' to make a superlative or extreme form of a long adjective.  Notice the following:

 

  1. She is the most beautiful girl in the class.
  2. That was my most difficult class this year.
   Reservoir 

“You can swim in the reservoir”.

A 'reservoir' is a natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored to be used for a specific purpose, like for use in a city.  Notice the following:

 

  1. We walked to the reservoir to see how high the water was.
  2. There is very little water in the reservoir because we've had almost no rain.

   How long it takes 

“How long does that trip take?”

When you talk about 'how long something takes' you are asking about the amount of time needed to complete that action.  Notice the following:

 

  1. How long does it take you to drive to work?
  2. How long does it take to recover from surgery?
   Someday 

“I want to go back to that place someday”.

We use 'someday' to talk about a non-specific day in the future.  Notice the following:

 

  1. Someday I will learn how to sew.
  2. We are going to travel to Italy someday.

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