tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
nationals • afford • don't know
jeopardized • sense
  1. Many Mexican don't know how to drive.
  2. Do his ideas make to you?
  3. I don't know how she can to go on all of these luxury vacations.
  4. I , maybe we could have pizza for dinner.
  5. I'm surprised that you your companies reputation by making public statements like that.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF


1178 High Cost of Tourism

Felipe talks about how some people cannot afford to visit their own national treasure.

  • Transcript
  • Slide Show
  • Audio Notes

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.


For nationals, for people who live in Ecuador it's quite expensive

A 'national' of Ecuador is a person who is from Ecuador. Notice the following:

  1. These rules only apply to nationals, not to foreign travelers.
  2. All Peruvian nationals are expected to vote in every election.


We cannot afford that, but tourists can.

If you can 'afford' something, it means you have enough money to pay for it. Notice the following:

  1. I never buy really expensive clothes, because I can't afford them.
  2. We would love to get a new car, but we can't afford it right now.

... I don't know, maybe ...

The ministry of tourism should, I don't know, maybe lower the prices.

You can use the phrase 'I don't know' when you are thinking while you speak. You can also use this phrase if you want to say an idea, but you don't know if it is a good idea or if people will agree. Notice the following:

  1. You could get her, I don't know, maybe some flowers.
  2. She's about, I don't know, maybe 35 years old.


People can go there and the environment is not jeopardized.

When something is 'jeopardized,' it is put at risk or in a hazardous position. Notice the following:

  1. He jeopardized his friendship with his best friend by lying.
  2. Some bad choices can really jeopardize your future.

make sense

I guess that makes sense.

Something that 'makes sense' has good reasoning or is practical. Notice the following:

  1. I'm trying to decide if it makes sense for me to go back to school at this point in my life.
  2. I think it makes more sense for us all to drive together.