Ann: I really liked living in Australia. I was an international student and I studied education at the university of Sydney. And living in Sydney was fantasticbecuase I could go to the beach anytime I wanted and there was a great nightlife in Sydney. There are lots of great clubs. And people were very, very friendly and easy-going and I met a lot of international people in living Sydney.
Todd: Mm-hm. How long were you there?
Ann: I was there for almost a year.
Todd: Oh, OK.
Ann: And I travelled a little bit in Australia. I went up the east coast. Up to Frasier Island. Which is a world heritage site. And I saw dingos running along the beach and sharks in the water. We climbed cliffs and went through a rain forest and went camping and then we went up to the -------, which is a but north. And the further north you go in Australia, the hotter it gets. So we were able to go swimming in the ocean and I went diving for the first time but it was a little bit risky cause I didn't have a diving license, so I went on an introductory dive and I saw a giant clam that had a really purple spongy inside that I was able to touch and then the clam closed up really quickly.
Todd: So, did you, did you lose your finger?
Todd: Almost. Ah, you're lucky. Um, it's funny, you go in the water and you worry about sharks,
but not clams.
Todd: Will you be going back to Australia soon?
Ann:I'd like to go and live there for at least another year. Probably I'll go back to Sydney or maybe I'll go down to Melbourne because it's a really interesting cultural city. They have lot of museums and parks.
Todd: OK. You gotta choose real quick, only one city, Montreal or Sydney, which do you choose?
Ann: Sydney, without a doubt.
Todd: OK. Alright. Thanks a lot.
Ann: You're welcome.
You spent time in Australia quite recently, so tell us
To 'spend time' in a place is to be there for a while. You can also spend time with people. Notice the following:
- You have spent a lot of time in the sun recently.
- Do you spend a lot of time with your grandparents?
I was an international student and I studied at the
A student that goes to a different country to study is an 'international student.' Notice the following:
- He will study as an international student next year.
- She was an international student in four different
It's risky to go diving without a diving license.
Something that is 'risky' could have bad consequences. A 'driving license' is a document that you need to show you can legally drive and that you have passed some sort of driving test. Notice the following:
- I got my driving license when I was 16 years old.
- Skydiving is a very risky sport.
You're lucky you didn't lose your finger to that clam.
If we are 'lucky' we are fortunate for some reason. And 'losing your finger' means to have your finger removed in or because of some sort of accident. Notice the following:
- Do you think you're a lucky person?
- He lost his finger in a farming accident.
without a doubt
If I have to choose, I'll choose Sydney, without a doubt.
We use the phrase 'without a doubt' when we have a strong opinion about something. There is no question in our minds about our opinion. Notice the following:
- Without a doubt, you will be offered some type of job.
- This was, without a doubt, the best year of my life.