Views #720 | Low-Intermediate 4

Best City

Rebecca talks about what she likes about various cities in Australia.
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Todd: Rebecca, you are from Australia. Can you talk about Sydney and Melbourne? Most people know Sydney and Melbourne and if somebody was going to Australia and could chose one city, what city would you recommend?

Rebecca: I would recommend Sydney, of course, because I'm from Sydney. I think Sydney is very beautiful and has a lovely deep blue harbor, lots of national park around the outside, famous landmarks, like of course the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Everybody wants to take photos of those, and it has a lot of different cultures too. It's a very interesting place to be.

Todd: OK, so what about Melbourne? What are the good points or the highlights if somebody does decide to go to Melbourne?

Rebecca: Well, I'm probably the wrong person to ask, but Melbourne is famous for it's good shopping and it has lots of entertainment, so good concerts. It has a big casino of course, and some people say the restaurants are better in Melbourne. There's certainly lots of different kinds.

Todd: OK, so are they any other cities that you can talk about or recommend that maybe you've been to?

Rebecca: I've been to Adelaide. It's famous for it's cafes. It has hundreds of really nice cafes. You can get great coffee and it has a very beautiful park in the middle of the city so it's a very relaxed place to be. Very nice.

Todd: OK, so we've got Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide. Anywhere else that you could recommend?

Rebecca: Well, I've never been to Perth or Darwin. I've been to Brisbane. Brisbane's quite hot but in winter it's really comfortable, and you can get good mangoes there too, lots of tropical fruit, bananas, that kind of thing, and good seafood - prawns and barramundi so yeah, a good place for eating.


Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

famous landmarks


Sydney has lots of famous landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

'Famous landmarks' are areas of interest because of their history.

Notice the following:

  1. When I go on holiday, I always try and visit any famous landmarks that are nearby.
  2. Are there are famous landmarks near to where you live?

the good points


What are the good points about Melbourne?

The 'good points' are the positive aspects of a thing or a place.

Notice the following:

  1. You have to focus on the good points.
  2. What are the good points of where you live?



What are the highlights if somebody does decide to go to Melbourne?

The 'highlights' of something are the good things that you have experienced or that have happened.

Notice the following:

  1. I have made a photo album which will show you the highlights of the holiday.
  2. I sent you a postcard that tells you about all of the highlights so far.



Melbourne is famous for its good shopping and it has lots of entertainment, so good concerts.

'Entertainment' is something that people enjoy in order to have fun.

Notice the following:

  1. The hotel had in-house entertainment.
  2. I will make my own entertainment.

tropical fruit


You can get good mangoes there too, lots of tropical fruit, bananas, that kind of thing.

'Tropical fruit' is fruit that comes from hot and exotic locations.

Notice the following:

  1. She made a tropical fruit salad.
  2. There are lots of tropical fruits that I have never tried.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
landmarks • points • highlights
entertainment • tropical
  1. Hiking through the jungle was one of the of our trip.
  2. Many different shops sell fresh fruit juice.
  3. Time away from a place makes it easier to only remember the good .
  4. The beach is basically the only source of in the town.
  5. The tourist bus stops at about 5 different throughout the city.