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Buenos Aires

Daniel gets some travel tips from Valeria about her home city of Buenos Aires.

Daniel: Hey how are you?

Valeria: Fine and you?

Daniel: Good thanks. I have a question. I'm planning to go to Buenos Aires.

Valeria: That's great.

Daniel: And I need your advice basically.

Valeria: Sure, no problem.

Daniel: What's the city like?

Valeria: Well, the first thing you will notice when you are there, it's like everybody in a hurry, everybody is busy.

Daniel: OK.

Valeria: And everybody has a lot of things to do. And I'm not only talking about working, right?

Daniel: What else?

Valeria: Usually porteos, people from Buenos Aires, is very stressful but once you finish your work, you have a lot of things to do in the city like you have plenty of cinemas, restaurants, theater, festivals. I don't know, so many things. Tell me what kind of things you like.

Daniel: I don't know. I'm looking for something that it's unique in Buenos Aires.

Valeria:: I think that one like unique from Buenos Aires is like art in the street.

Daniel: OK.

Valeria: This is one thing.

Daniel: What about it?

Valeria: Art in the street means you are walking and you will find like people dancing tango.

Daniel: OK.

Valeria: Or people like playing music and that is free of charge of course.

Daniel: Yeah, because they're in the street.

Valeria: Yes. So once they finish they will offer you one hat and if you enjoy the spectacle, you will put some money on there.

Daniel: OK, that's a good nice idea.

Valeria: Yeah. But besides these kind of shows, you can also find cultural spectacles more organized like in theater or there is an opera house, a big one, where you can also enjoy ballet, like high quality opera and ballet.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson



I need your advice, basically.

You can use the word 'basically' to summarize what you would like to say. Notice the following:

  1. He is just lonely, basically.
  2. Basically, I am just too tired to go out tonight.

plenty of


You have plenty of cinemas, restaurants, theater, festivals.

If you have 'plenty of' something, you have enough of it.  Notice the following:

  1. I have plenty of shoes, but I don't like any of them.
  2. It's nice to go running around here at night, because there are plenty of lights.



I'm looking for something that's unique in Buenos Aires.

Something that is 'unique' is different from all other things like it.  It is one of a kind. Notice the following:

  1. She has a very unique style of dress that suits her personality.
  2. I can't tell if I like this soup.  It's very unique.

free of charge


You will find people dancing or playing music free of charge

When something is 'free of charge,' you don't have to pay for it. Notice the following:

  1. The only thing you get free of charge on airplanes these days is something to drink.
  2. You can try that gym for a week free of charge.



If you enjoy the spectacle, you will put some money in there.

Used like this, 'spectacle' refers to a public performance or demonstration.  Notice the following:

  1. She is a big spectacle when she drinks too much.
  2. They make quite a bit of money with their daily spectacles on the street.

Vocabulary Quiz

basically • charge • plenty
unique • spectacle
  1. They usually have really clothing in this store.
  2. She always has to make a big of everything.
  3. There will be of food for everyone, so you don't have to bring anything.
  4. , we just need to finish all of this by next Tuesday.
  5. We are having a promotion right now where you get one of these products free of .
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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