1244 Ecuador and Colombia
Felipe has lived most of his life in Colombia and Ecuador. He compares both.
Felipe: Hello, I'm fine.
Katia: Listen, I was thinking you know a lot about Ecuador and Colombia right?
Katia: What is it that you like about those two countries or what is it that you don't like that much or what would you like to change?
Felipe: Well, what I really love of both countries is nature because, you know, my hobby is mountain climbing so I enjoy climbing high mountains in both countries because you have that, you know that in Colombia and Ecuador there is the highlands and you have really, really high mountains so I enjoy that. And also let's say one thing that I don't like is that cities are too big, you know, and if you get lost, if you travel to Bogot·, it's huge so I don't like cities in Colombia because they're so big, they're huge and you get lost.
Katia: What about in Ecuador? Quito, is it also a big city?
Felipe: Well it is a big city but it's not as big as Bogot·. If you think, you can travel from the south to the north in a couple of hours, maybe two hours, it's not that huge as Bogot·.
Katia: That is so interesting. What about something that you would like to change perhaps of Ecuador or Colombia?
Felipe: Well, the only thing I would like to change is something about tourism because you know that people overseas outside of Colombia and Ecuador, they don't know too much about Colombia and Ecuador. So I don't know, I think the government should, you know, make people overseas know more about Colombia and Ecuador so that we can attract more tourists to our countries.
Katia: That is so true. Actually just by knowing more I want to go to Ecuador and Colombia.
Felipe: There you are, that's great.
Katia: So thank you Felipe.
Felipe: OK, you're welcome.
Sometimes cities are too big, and you get lost.
When you 'get lost,' you make a mistake in the direction that you are walking or driving, you arrive in an area that you are not familiar with.Notice the following:
- It's almost impossible to get lost around here.
- I get lost a lot when I first move to a new city.
What is something you would like to change, perhaps of Ecuador or Colombia?
'Perhaps' is another way to say 'maybe.' Notice the following:
- I was going to go for a bike ride or perhaps a run this afternoon.
- Perhaps you should go to the doctor. You sound really sick.
I don't like cities in Colombia because they are so big; they're huge.
Something 'huge' is really, really, really big. Notice the following:
- This sweater is a size medium, but it's huge.
- It's impossible to understand how huge the ocean really is.
People overseas don't know much about Colombia or Ecuador.
Here, people 'overseas' just means people in a different country. Notice the following:
- We are going on an overseas honeymoon next month.
- She has been living overseas for most of the last 15 years.
There you are
There you are; that's great.
You can use this sentence when you have given someone else something he wanted and the conversation is ending. Notice the following:
- There you are. Have a nice day.
- I have the books that you wanted to borrow, so there you are.
overseas • There you are