Views #1363 | High-Intermediate 6

New York Tips

Antoinette gives some tips about things he can do while visiting her hometown of New York.

Warren: Hey, Antoinette, why don’t you tell me about growing up in New York?

Antoinette: New York. Warren, why do you want to know about that? Well, growing up in New York was lots of fun. I loved growing up in New York. I couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else.

Warren: Really?

Antoinette: Yeah, really. The fun things I did – well, lots of movies to go see but I guess you can see movies anywhere in the US. Anywhere in the world for that matter. I enjoyed being able to go to Lincoln Center for concerts or Carnegie Hall and even play in Carnegie Hall. So I did play in Carnegie Hall.

Warren: Wow. Well, that’s exciting.

Antoinette: Have you ever been to New York?

Warren: I have.

Antoinette: You have.

Warren: Yeah. I’ve been there twice.

Antoinette: Okay. What did you do when you were there?

Warren: The first time, I was with my mother. I was 12 years old. And we went to Central Park and we saw some museums around Central Park.

Antoinette: You didn’t go into the museums?

Warren: Yes, we did go into the museums.

Antoinette: Oh, okay. Yeah. That’s my park, Central Park. How did you find my park? Did you like my park?

Warren: It was great. I was surprised how big it was.

Antoinette: It is a big park. That’s what I like about it. You can get lost in the park and almost forget that you’re in a city.

Warren: Yeah. That’s what I found really neat about it is sometimes I felt like I was in the countryside. But then I would see large buildings.

Antoinette: Yes. Yeah, I enjoy that, too. Did you know that you could ride horses in the park?

Warren: No, I didn’t.

Antoinette: Did you know about the skating rink in the park?

Warren: Yes. I’ve seen the skating rink on TV.

Antoinette: Okay. What time of year did you go? What season was it?

Warren: I’ve been there in the summer and in fall but not winter.

Antoinette: It’s beautiful in any season, I think. I love Central Park.

Warren: Yeah, me too. It was very – it was a memorable experience.

Antoinette: I’m glad to hear that. What other places did you go to?

Warren: Well, when I was older, I went with my friend and we went on top of the Empire State Building.

Antoinette: Okay. I’m not sure if they allow you to go up there now.

Warren: That was around 2004 that we went.

Antoinette: Okay. Were you able to look over the edge?

Warren: I don’t know if I was looking over the edge. I think it’s inside but you’re at the top.

Antoinette: Okay. So yeah, things have changed a bit since I was a little girl.

Warren: Did it use to be outside that you could go?

Antoinette: You could go outside. There were these binoculars or I don’t know what they’re called but you put a little change in and you could see the city.

Warren: Yeah. They had those as well. Yeah.

Antoinette: Okay.

Warren: Yeah. We could see Central Park and you could even see the Statue of Liberty from there.

Antoinette: Oh well, I’ve been there.

Warren: Yeah. Actually, I never got to go. Both times I went to New York, we wanted to go to the Statue of Liberty but we didn’t have enough time.

Antoinette: Oh well, you should plan another trip.

Warren: I’d like to, yeah. Sounds great.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

I can't imagine

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I couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else.

Here, we use the phrase 'I can't imagine' to show amazement about something. Notice the following:

  1. I can't imagine living without the Internet.
  2. I love my job. I couldn't imagine working for another company.

get lost in

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You can get lost in the park.

Here, the phrase 'get lost' means you forget where you are because you are enjoying yourself. Notice the following:

  1. I love to get lost in a book.
  2. It is easy to get lost in the park and forget you are in the city.

neat

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I thought is was neat.

Here, 'neat' means interesting. Notice the following:

  1. That is a neat shirt you are wearing.
  2. I like your house. It is neat.

memorable experience

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It was a memorable experience.

A memorable experience is something we remember easily. Notice the following:

  1. Living overseas was a memorable experience.
  2. It was a terrible trip. Let's just say it was a memorable experience.

look over

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Were you able to look over the edge?

Here, 'look over' means to look down to the ground. Notice the following:

  1. Don't look over the side. You will get scared.
  2. Can you look over the wall and see what is there?

binoculars

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There were these binoculars.

Binoculars are special glasses to see things very far away. Notice the following:

  1. Bird watchers love to use binoculars.
  2. Ship captains need binoculars.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
imagine • get lost in • neat
memorable • look over • binoculars
  1. Last night was a experience.
  2. I also go to this little cafe.
  3. I can't see that far. I need .
  4. Don't the edge. You will get scared.
  5. I can't how that must have felt.
  6. I love to old record shops.