150 Miami

Alexandra talks about living in Miami and the activities she likes to do.


Todd: So, hello, Alexandra.

Alexandra: Hi, how are you?

Todd: I'm doing good. Now Alexandra, you're from Miami.

Alexandra: Yes, I am.

Todd: OK, so why don't you tell us about Miami.

Alexandra: Born and raised in Miami, and it's very warm, very warm. Lots of different people. It seems to be the port of Central and South America, so there's several different people from different countries coming through, as well as from Europe and some parts of the North of the United States come down for a visit and it's a tourist destination.

Todd: Wow, were you born in Miami?

Alexandra: Yes

Todd: Really!

Alexandra: Yes, I was.

Todd: And you lived your whole life there?

Alexandra: Yep, yeah, yeah.

Todd: That's cool, what's the best thing about Miami?

Alexandra: The weather obviously, weather and the nearness to the ocean. Everything you can think of that can be done on the ocean, you can find a way to do it there.

Todd: Oh, nice, so what water sports do you play?

Alexandra: There's water volleyball, and do some skiing, and diving, and also during season you can go and catch lobster down in the keys.


Alexandra: Yes, so it can be fun.

Todd: That's so cool. So you catch the lobster and eat it that night?

Alexandra: Yes. Yes. Absolutely. So you just go get the lobster out of the traps, take the upstairs to the boat, so to speak, and just throw them in a pot, and you're gonna have dinner in no time.

Todd: You don't eat them on the boat do you?

Alexandra: You can.

Todd: Really! People eat the lobsters on the boat?

Alexandra: Yeah, you can.

Todd: Wow. Are they dangerous? I mean, cause they can snip your fingers.

Alexandra: Well, you don't, you make sure you catch them in the right, hold them from the tail end and people usually put rubberbands around the claws, and you can just throw them into boiling water, get your butter out and you're good to go.

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Born and raised in Miami.

The place where you "grow up" or grow from a child to an adult is where you are "raised."  Notice the following:

  1. His parents raised him to be polite.
  2. I was born in the United States, but raised in Australia.

tourist destination

Miami is a tourist destination.

A "tourist destination" is a place where people like to travel for vacation, maybe because of the weather because of the things to see.  Notice the following:

  1. It is fun to visit a tourist destination, but not to live there.
  2. When was the last time you went to a tourist destination?

find a way

You can find a way to do it in Miami.

To discover a method to do something is to "find a way" to do it.  Maybe you find a way to make money selling jewelry on the beach.  Notice the following:

  1. All of the flights and buses are full.  I have to find a way to make it home by Saturday.
  2. Did you find a way to contact him?


Lobsters can snip your fingers.

To "snip" something is to cut it.  A lobster has very sharp claws and can cut your fingers.  This is usually used to describe something that cuts like a pair of scissors. Notice the following:

  1. I am going to snip a few hairs that are in your eyes.
  2. They snipped the wires and stole the car.

good to go

Get your butter out and you're good to go.

If you are "good to go" you are prepared or ready.  Notice the following:

  1. A few more weeks of relaxation and then you will be good to go.
  2. Are we good to go camping tomorrow?


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Complete the sentences with the words below.
raised • tourist • find a way
snip • good to go
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  3. His grandparents him mostly.
  4. I prefer to go on vacation to places that are not destinations.
  5. Just sign these papers and then you are .