734 Great Places

Keren talks about some of the interesting places she has visited in the world.

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Todd: OK, now Keren, Hello.

Keren: Hello.

Todd: I thought we would talk about travelling. Now you've travelled to many places, many continents.

Keren: Yes.

Todd: Can you talk about some of the places you've been to.

Keren: Yes. First of all, I spent about four and a half months in Australia. I suppose the most amazing place I went to there was Uluru.

Todd: Uluru.

Keren: Ayers Rock. And it's just an incredible place which is... the land is very barren and very red and the sky is very blue and it's just beautiful.

Todd: Wow, And what's it called again?

Keren: Uluru.

Todd: Uluru. OK, besides there, anywhere else?

Keren: I've also been to South America. I spent a year in Peru and while I was there I went to Machu Picchu.

Todd: Machu Picchu. What is Machu Picchu?

Keren: Machu Picchu is an ancient ruin of an old Inca town.

Todd: Do you know how old it is?

Keren: Probably about seven hundred, eight hundred years old, I think. It's not actually that old.

Todd: Oh, really.

Keren: Really.

Todd: Huh! That's interesting.

Keren: Yeah.

Todd: OK, any other places?

Keren: I spent quite a lot of time in Spain and the most interesting place I went there was Granada.

Todd: Granada.

Keren: Yeah.

Todd: OK, what's in Granada?

Keren: The Alhambra which is the old Muslim capitol of Spain. And it's an amazing old town with Muslim palaces.

Todd: And there is just one palace or is there many, many palaces?

Keren: There is many, many ruins and there's a lot to do. You can spend the whole day there walking around the different old buildings that were built in different times.

Todd: Very cool. So, you've seen something in Australia, in South America, in Europe, how about Asia?

Keren: Asia. I've been to Japan and Thailand and Malaysia and Singapore.

Todd: And what is you favorite place in Asia?

Keren: Hm. It's a difficult question. I liked Hokkaido.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

the most amazing place


I suppose the most amazing place I went to there was Uhuru.

If somewhere is referred to as 'the most amazing place,' it means that it is very impressive.

Notice the following:

  1. We went to the amazing place on holiday this year.
  2. I think it is the most amazing place in the world.

besides there


Besides there, anywhere else?

'Besides there' means excluding a certain place that has already been talked about in the conversation.

Notice the following:

  1. Besides there, have you visited any other restaurants?
  2. Have you been anywhere else besides there today?

an ancient ruin


Machu Picchu is an ancient ruin of an old Inca town.

An 'ancient ruin' is a building that is very old and of significant religious or historical interest. Usually the building is so old that it has at least partially fallen apart.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to visit all the ancient ruins when I go to a new country.
  2. I think it is an ancient ruin, so we have to be careful not to move anything.



The Alhambra which is the old Muslim capital of Spain.

The 'capital' of a country is the city where much of the administration and the running of the country is carried out.

Notice the following:

  1. I have learned all the capital cities of the world by heart.
  2. Do you know which city is the capital of France?



And there is just one palace or is there many, many palaces?

A 'palace' is a royal residence, meaning the place where a king and queen live now or in the past.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to go and visit the palace.
  2. The palace was heavily guarded by the police.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
amazing • besides • ancient
capital • palace
  1. It's very interesting to study ruins and try to understand what they were used for.
  2. Have you lived in any other houses this one?
  3. She said that this beach is one of the most places she has ever been.
  4. They have had to increase security at the , because there are so many tourists in the city this week.
  5. There are many interesting buildings to see here, because this used to be the .