1244 Ecuador and Colombia


Felipe has lived most of his life in Colombia and Ecuador. He compares both.

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Katia: Hello Felipe, how are you?

Felipe: Hello, I'm fine.

Katia: Listen, I was thinking you know a lot about Ecuador and Colombia right?

Felipe: Yeah.

Katia: What is it that you like about those two countries or what is it that you don't like that much or what would you like to change?

Felipe: Well, what I really love of both countries is nature because, you know, my hobby is mountain climbing so I enjoy climbing high mountains in both countries because you have that, you know that in Colombia and Ecuador there is the highlands and you have really, really high mountains so I enjoy that. And also let's say one thing that I don't like is that cities are too big, you know, and if you get lost, if you travel to Bogot·, it's huge so I don't like cities in Colombia because they're so big, they're huge and you get lost.

Katia: What about in Ecuador? Quito, is it also a big city?

Felipe: Well it is a big city but it's not as big as Bogot·. If you think, you can travel from the south to the north in a couple of hours, maybe two hours, it's not that huge as Bogot·.

Katia: That is so interesting. What about something that you would like to change perhaps of Ecuador or Colombia?

Felipe: Well, the only thing I would like to change is something about tourism because you know that people overseas outside of Colombia and Ecuador, they don't know too much about Colombia and Ecuador. So I don't know, I think the government should, you know, make people overseas know more about Colombia and Ecuador so that we can attract more tourists to our countries.

Katia: That is so true. Actually just by knowing more I want to go to Ecuador and Colombia.

Felipe: There you are, that's great.

Katia: So thank you Felipe.

Felipe: OK, you're welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

get lost

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Sometimes cities are too big, and you get lost.

When you 'get lost,' you make a mistake in the direction that you are walking or driving, you arrive in an area that you are not familiar with.Notice the following:

  1. It's almost impossible to get lost around here.
  2. I get lost a lot when I first move to a new city.

perhaps

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What is something you would like to change, perhaps of Ecuador or Colombia?

'Perhaps' is another way to say 'maybe.' Notice the following:

  1. I was going to go for a bike ride or perhaps a run this afternoon.
  2. Perhaps you should go to the doctor. You sound really sick.

huge

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I don't like cities in Colombia because they are so big; they're huge.

Something 'huge' is really, really, really big. Notice the following:

  1. This sweater is a size medium, but it's huge.
  2. It's impossible to understand how huge the ocean really is.

overseas

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People overseas don't know much about Colombia or Ecuador.

Here, people 'overseas' just means people in a different country. Notice the following:

  1. We are going on an overseas honeymoon next month.
  2. She has been living overseas for most of the last 15 years.

There you are

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There you are; that's great.

You can use this sentence when you have given someone else something he wanted and the conversation is ending. Notice the following:

  1. There you are. Have a nice day.
  2. I have the books that you wanted to borrow, so there you are.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
lost • perhaps • huge
overseas • There you are
  1. We were late to the surprise party, because we got on the way here.
  2. We're going out for dinner and for a movie after that.
  3. . Now you have all the information you need.
  4. Do you have a lot of contact with people ?
  5. Your dog is this big and he is only a puppy?! He is going to be .