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Indonesia Islands

Widuri talks about some special islands in her home country of Indonesia.

Danu: So Widuri…

Widuri: Yeah.

Danu: Indonesia is an island nation.

Widuri: Right.

Danu: And you have so many islands.

Widuri: True.

Danu: Could you talk about some famous places in Indonesia?

Widuri: Wow. Let me see. My list is very long about this. But I will mention the three most favorite place. Okay.

The first one is Bali. I think this one is very famous everywhere. Sometimes, people know Bali but they don't know that Bali is in Indonesia. So Bali is a very, very beautiful island in Indonesia. Both local and international tourists they go to Bali, of course. In Bali, you can find many beautiful beaches. And the weather is very good there.

The preferable time to go there is August, I guess because it's summer time, and it's also very hot in Indonesia.

Danu: So Bali sounds like a very nice place.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: Have you been to Bali, Widuri?

Widuri: So many times. Yeah, because well, my dad used to work there. So every vacation, I went there to visit my dad and of course, to visit the beautiful beaches in Bali.

Danu: Oh that sounds really fun.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: So you said Bali is an island, right?

Widuri: Uh-hmm.

Danu: So is there any specific interesting place in Bali?

Widuri: Okay. So most of the people in Bali, they are Hindus. So there are a lot of Hindu temples in Bali. Let me mention one. The name is Pura Besakih. This one is the largest temple in Bali. And not only Hindu people in Bali but Hindu people in Indonesia, they go there to pray.

Danu: I see. It sounds really interesting.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: Have you visited that temple, Widuri?

Widuri: Yeah. I think two times. And it's always crowded not only with local tourists but also with international tourists.

Danu: So Bali is very famous among international tourists and local tourists as well.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: I see. That's interesting.

Danu: So Widuri, could you talk about another interesting place in Indonesia?

Widuri: Oh, Indonesia is also famous for its cultural heritage. One I can mention is Borobudur temple. Do you know that?

Danu: Borobudur temple?

Widuri: Yes.

Danu: I have heard about it. I heard the temple is a World Heritage site.

Widuri: Yes, it is. And this one, different with Bali. This one is for Buddhism.

Danu: I see.

Widuri: So it's very huge and you can see a lot of stupa there.

Danu: So this is a Buddhist temple.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: And roughly, how old is this place?

Widuri: Wow. I can't remember the exact number, but it is very, very old. We even make some –

Danu: Conservations?

Widuri: There are a lot of conservations for this place because it was destroyed before because of the earthquake. So I think this is very, very old. I can't even remember the name of the king who made this temple, but it's very old.

Danu: So this is a very famous place.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: Is it beautiful?

Widuri: Yeah, because the scenery around it is very beautiful. If you want to go there, you have to climb some hills. So the way there is very beautiful. You can get there via local car. You can rent a car and then you can enjoy the view first before you go there. Once you get there, you can climb all the temples up through the top and you can enjoy the view again.

Danu: Oh, it seems like a very nice place to go trekking as well.

Widuri: Yes, it is.

Danu: I see. So Widuri, so you talked about Bali and Borobudur.

Widuri: Yes.

Danu: Bali has a Hindu kovil and Borobudur has a Buddhist temple.

Widuri: Buddhist, yes. So different.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

preferable

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The preferable time to go there is August.

When something is preferable, that means you prefer it more than other options. Notice the following:

  1. For me, summer is preferable to winter.
  2. This time is preferable to me.

used to

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My dad used to work there.

We use the phrase used to to talk about actions we did before but do not do anymore. Notice the following:

  1. I used to smoke, but not anymore.
  2. When I was young, I used to play sports.

temple

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There are a lot of Hindu temples in Bali.

A temple is a building people use for their religion. Notice the following:

  1. We saw a beautiful Buddhist temple.
  2. There is a Hindu temple near my house.

not only ... but also

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It's always crowded not only with local tourists but also with international tourists.

We use not only ... but ... to emphasize two points that are related, similar to the way we use the word 'and' to combine things. Notice the following:

  1. He plays tennis and he plays golf.
  2. He not only plays tennis but also golf.

destroy

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It was destroyed before because of the earthquake.

When something is destroyed, it is damaged very badly. Notice the following:

  1. The house was destroyed by the flood.
  2. The heavy rain destroyed the hiking trail.

roughly

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And roughly, how old is this place?

Here, roughly means about. We use the word roughly to guess about something. Notice the following:

  1. How long roughly will it take to get home?
  2. Can you tell me roughly how much it will cost?

Vocabulary Quiz

temple • used to • preferable
not only • destroyed • roughly
  1. I spend 400 USD a week.
  2. The painting was in the fire.
  3. We have red or blue. Which is ?
  4. I live in Paris. I miss living there.
  5. She has a cat, but a dog also.
  6. I go and pray at the once a week.

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