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.
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. 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.
I can't imagine
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:
- I can't imagine living without the Internet.
- I love my job. I couldn't imagine working for another company.
get lost in
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:
- I love to get lost in a book.
- It is easy to get lost in the park and forget you are in the city.
I thought is was neat.
Here, 'neat' means interesting. Notice the following:
- That is a neat shirt you are wearing.
- I like your house. It is neat.
It was a memorable experience.
A memorable experience is something we remember easily. Notice the following:
- Living overseas was a memorable experience.
- It was a terrible trip. Let's just say it was a memorable experience.
Were you able to look over the edge?
Here, 'look over' means to look down to the ground. Notice the following:
- Don't look over the side. You will get scared.
- Can you look over the wall and see what is there?
There were these binoculars.
Binoculars are special glasses to see things very far away. Notice the following:
- Bird watchers love to use binoculars.
- Ship captains need binoculars.
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