858 New York, New York


Mari knows the Big Apple and she gives advice on what to do and see while in New York.

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Mike: Hey, Mari.

Mari: Hey.

Mike: So, I told you about Florida. How about you tell me something about New York?

Mari: New York, yeah. I was born in New York, and I lived there for a little bit over half of my life. There's lots to do in New York.

Mike: So, what part are you from?

Mari: I was born in New York City and then I grew up in the suburbs about 40 minutes north of New York City.

Mike: So, what did you do growing up?

Mari: When I was very young I used to go to museums with my parents or go to Broadway shows, and go shopping as well.

Mike: So, you like the city life?

Mari: I do like the city life. It's very convenient. It's energetic. There's lots to do, and New York City is really diverse so it's fun to see the different communities and different people and tourists walking around.

Mike: So if I was visiting New York, what should I do?

Mari: It depends on which season went to visit, so I don't know if you went during the spring or summer time, I would suggest that you spend some time in Central Park. Go see sports. A lot of sporting events during the summer and there are a lot of events also in Central Park. There's outdoor theater and music concerts and stuff but if you went maybe in the wintertime, you should go see all the windows on Fifth Avenue that are decorated with very holiday themed decorations and Rockefeller Center is know for their big Christmas tree, and you just get a really fun feeling in New York City. Everyone's a little bit more nicer, and I don't know, I like all the seasons in New York City so it depends on which season you decide to visit.

Mike: Ah, sounds great, so there's a lot of things to do in New York.

Mari: Yeah.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

over half of my life

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I lived there for over half of my life.

If you are 18 years old, 'half your life' would be 9 years. It is actually, more of an idiomatic expression that's used to speak about a long period of your life.  Notice the following:

  1. He spent over half of his life in prison.
  2. I spent half my life worrying about my appearance.

the suburbs

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I grew up in the suburbs.

The 'suburbs' is an area where people live just outside the city.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm a kid from the suburbs.
  2. Living in the suburbs is boring.

Broadway shows

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I used to go to Broadway shows.

A 'Broadway show' is a type of show that is performed by actors in theaters in New York City.  Notice the following:

  1. Tickets for Broadway shows are expensive.
  2. My wife loves Broadway shows.

really diverse

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New York City is really diverse.

We use the word 'diverse' to talk about things that are very different  from one another.  If a something or somewhere is diverse it has variety.  Notice the following:

  1. The city has many diverse cultures.
  2. He's got diverse taste in music.

Fifth Avenue

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You should see Fifth Avenue.

'Fifth Avenue' is a street in New York City that is famous for shopping and has many department stores.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't afford to shop on Fifth Avenue.
  2. Driver, take me to Fifth Avenue please.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
over half of • suburbs • Broadway
diverse • Fifth Avenue
  1. He grew up in the , but he has lived in the city for about 10 years.
  2. He performed in several musicals during his acting career.
  3. Watching the series 'Sex in the City' makes me want to shop on .
  4. They spent of the movie talking. It was really annoying.
  5. The restaurant has a very menu.