Lesson 4 - R&W, Culture - PLACES

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READING

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Have you ever had a meal at a Chinese restaurant? Did you get a fortune cookie? What did it say?
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Do you know...?

1 US gallon is

about 1.2 liters

about 2.5 liters

about 3.8 liters

1 foot is

about 20.5 centimeters

about 30.5 centimeters

about 40.5 centimeters

a bargain is

a building with a flat roof, used for storage

something bought very cheaply, at a much lower price than it would usually cost

a shopping mall


Now read the e-mail message that Janice got from her American friend Zelda.

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Hi Janice,


Thanks for your message. Of course you can stay at my place when you and Rick come to San Francisco. Unfortunately, I won’t be here -- that wedding I told you about is on the same day that you are arriving. I’m leaving the day before and staying for the whole weekend. It’s a shame -- I would love to meet Rick! He sounds really nice from what you’ve told me about him. But don’t worry - I’ll leave the keys for you somewhere.


You will probably want to see the Golden Gate Bridge -- most visitors think it’s a must. But I also have some other suggestions as to what you could do when you’re here. Firstly, you really must visit Chinatown. To get there, catch bus number 45 from the corner of Market Street and 3rd Street. (Even if you rent a car upon arrival, it’s not a good idea to go to Chinatown by car -- it’s practically impossible to find parking space there). Go to Dragon’s Gate and walk through. You will be in Grant Avenue, which is the main shopping street of Chinatown, and the oldest street in San Francisco. The shops there sell all kinds of things, and you can find great bargains. Kong Chow Temple, which has beautiful Cantonese wood carvings, is really worth seeing. Chinatown is a wonderful district to explore on foot, but you can always catch a ride in a cable car. There are two lines of cable cars running on each side of Chinatown. There are many silly, fun things to do in Chinatown -- for example, you can go to the fortune cookie factory in Ross Alley. I think you will like the open markets on Stockton Street. Don’t miss all the little alleys between Grant and Stockton -- they’re very interesting.


By the way, Chinatown is a great place to have lunch. There are lots of little restaurants and cafes everywhere, and they’re rather inexpensive. Another place you should visit is Fisherman’s Wharf. There are lots of shops, restaurants and museums there. The Museum of the City of San Francisco is not bad. In my opinion, the Treasure Island Museum is not worth going to, but you may want to have a look at the Underwater World. It’s a huge aquarium which holds 700 000 gallons of water. You can walk through a transparent tunnel, about 300 ft long, and admire the fish they have there. I think they even have sharks. I hope there’ll be no fog when you arrive, so that you’ll be able to see all the sights. I’ll get in touch with you about the keys later on.


Bye for now,

Zelda


Tick the sentences which are true:

1. Zelda is going to show Janice and Rick around San Francisco.

False

True

2. Janice and Rick are going to stay at Zelda’s place when they come to San Francisco.

True

False

3. Zelda thinks her friends really must see the Golden Gate Bridge.

False

True

4. Zelda recommends driving to Chinatown.

False

True

5. It is possible to find cheap things to buy in Chinatown.

True

False

6. There are cable cars in Chinatown.

True

False

7. Zelda thinks that Chinatown is a good place to have something to eat.

True

False

8. Chinatown is an expensive place to have lunch.

False

True

9. Zelda recommends the Treasure Island Museum.

False

True

10. The Treasure Island Museum is a large aquarium.

False

True

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WRITING

Imagine that your friends are going to visit your hometown (or the place you currently live in, or another place you know well). They are coming for 2 days. Unfortunately, you will be away then. Write a similar email letter to the one above, describing the place and giving recommendations about what to see and what to do. Your letter should be between 200 and 250 words long.


You can begin in the same way Zelda did:


Hello,

Thanks for your message. Of course you can stay at my place when you come to ... .

Unfortunately I won’t be here - that wedding I told you about is on the same day that you are arriving. I’m leaving the day before and staying for the whole weekend.

But don’t worry - I’ll leave the keys for you somewhere. I have a couple of suggestions as to what you could do when you’re here. Firstly, you really must....


If you don’t have any ideas, think of the following questions:


  • Is the town small / large / historic / beautiful / industrial / lively / crowded / popular with tourists / touristy /
  • What is the town famous for?
  • What is the most famous monument?
  • What is the best way to travel around town?
  • Where is there most atmosphere at night?
  • Is there a place nearby which would be good for a day trip?
  • Is there a place to go for a swim?
  • Where is the best place to go shopping?

etc.