1297 Hanging out in Santiago


Daniel gives Hana some tips about hanging out in his hometown of Santiago.

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Hana: Hello!

Daniel: Hello! How are you?

Hana: I’m fine, thank you. I heard you’re from Chile.

Daniel: Yes, that’s right.

Hana: Where are you from in Chile?

Daniel: I’m from a city called Santiago, that’s the capital.

Hana: Ah, I see, I've never been. What do you recommend?

Daniel: Well in Santiago there are a lot of things to do. First, we have a lot of historical places. There are a lot of Spanish buildings. But also Santiago has turned into a really modern city, so we have a lot of shopping malls. There are a lot of really modern tall buildings. But on the other hand, we still keep a lot of parks. There is a lot of nature in Santiago. And since Chile is so narrow there is also the Andes Mountains right next to the city. So that is really, really nice.

Hana: I see. How’s the food?

Daniel: Well Chilean food is really good. And the good thing about being in Santiago is that there are a lot of restaurants where you can try really local and traditional food. And also a lot of cafes that you can go have a drink, to have a coffee, relax with your friends. So there are many, many things that you can do if you visit Santiago.

Hana: Wow, it sounds very interesting.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

capital

notesI’m from a city called Santiago, that’s the capital.

The capital is the most important city in a country. Notice the following:

  1. The capital of Australia is Canberra.
  2. Paris is the fashion capital of the world.

turn into

notesSantiago has turned into a really modern city.

'Turned into' means 'become'. Notice the following:

  1. He has turned into a really nice young man.
  2. We hope to turn the old building into a dance club.

a lot of

notesThere is a lot of nature in Santiago.

'A lot of' means 'many' or 'much'. It is used with count and non-count nouns. Notice the following:

  1. There is not a lot of crime in this city.
  2. There are a lot of jobs now in biotechnology.

since

notesAnd since Chile is so narrow, there is also the Andes Mountains right next to the city.

'Since' can mean 'because'. Notice the following:

  1. Since the party is over, I will go home.
  2. Let's stay home since it is cold outside.

right

notesThere is also the Andes Mountains right next to the city.

When the word 'right' comes next to a prepostion, it is similar to 'very' or 'exactly' in meaning. Notice the following:

  1. He is right in front of you.
  2. My house is right by a park.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
capital • turn into • a lot of
since • right
  1. Let's drive the bus is crowded at night.
  2. Paris is the of France.
  3. Even bad kids usually good adults.
  4. He has a house by the beach.
  5. We have work to do.