1240 Big Picture
Daniel asks Vella what she would like to accomplish in her lifetime.
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Peter: Yeah, maybe I should qualify that. The central part of South Africa actually there's a range of mountains that run straight through from the northern part of South Africa right through almost to the southern tip of Africa called the Drakensberg and around these mountains and obviously on top of these mountains, you can find snow during wintertime. Actually it doesn't compare with snow in the Northern Hemisphere where you really have deep snow and things like that but it gets really cold during winter and temperatures would be far below zero for most of the time up in these mountainous areas. So, yeah, it's not enough snow to ski in but it's pretty cold.
Jana: Hmm, that's sounds interesting. I always thought South Africa is really wild and rugged and hot. Are there any such areas?
Peter: Oh, yeah, right. Actually South Africa is very diverse when it comes to areas. Like there are many different climate zones, different landscapes and actually if you travel around the country, you'd be really struck by how the vegetation can be so different within a morning's drive or an afternoon's drive. You could be in a completely different landscape and different vegetation, animals around you, different plant life. On the western side of the country, it can be really hot. It's almost got a desert type of, well it does have a desert type of landscape, very sparse vegetation, very little rainfall, not many people, not many animals, very beautiful. It's really a place I recommend people to visit because you can hear silence and it'd be quiet around you and yeah it's really beautiful but almost a bit strange, strange to be confronted by so much raw nature, I guess, if you can put it that way.
Jana: Wow, it sounds really interesting. What about, are there any tropical areas?
Peter: Hmm. I think on the eastern side of the country, close to the seaside, it's really hot and tropical most of the year. Winter it's a bit cooler but especially the north eastern parts of the country lush tropical vegetation, wonderful fruit of course, but really, really hot. Temperatures of forty five, forty degrees Celsius every day and ninety per cent humidity. Yeah, like really, really hot.
When I finish school, maybe I'll start going to agencies.
In this case, an 'agency' is a company that works to find jobs for actors or actors for certain roles. Notice the following:
- What is the best advertising agency in the area?
- There are many modeling agencies in the city.
I really want to have the change to meet him.
'Have the chance' is the same as 'have the opportunity.' Notice the following:
- I hope some day I have the change to go to Italy.
- Will you call me later if you have the chance?
I'll probably get married and start a family.
When you 'start a family,' you begin to have children. Notice the following:
- A few years ago she was still in school, and now she is
married and has started a family.
- I want to be young when I start a family.
It's harder to have twins, because you have extra expenses.
'Expenses' are things you have to pay for just to maintain your life and stay alive. Notice the following:
- How much are expenses every month in this apartment?
- We will give you a place to stay, but you have to pay for food and other expenses.
Having twins means double everything.
If you have 'double everything,' it means that you have twice or two times as much as you would normally have. Notice the following:
- Gas prices have more than doubled in the last 6 years.
- Having two kids means washing double the clothes.