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Daniel talks about travelling to Chile and things to do on Easter Island.

Olga: The next place?

Daniel: The next place would be well Santiago.

Olga: I don't really look forward to going to Santiago. I would rather go to some other place.

Daniel: OK then. Then if it's around like the center of the country, I would recommend you to go to Easter Island.

Olga: Oh, I've heard about it. The place where they have those big statues, right?

Daniel: Right. Do you know the names of them?

Olga: Actually no.

Daniel: OK. They're called Moai statues. Yes, and you can see them. If you take a plane from Santiago, it will take you around five hours and you can see the indigenous people. You can see the statues and if you're lucky you can stay in a house with an indigenous family.

Olga: Actually those families, do they speak Spanish?

Daniel: They do speak Spanish.

Olga: That's great.

Daniel: But they also speak their local language.

Olga: Maybe I can learn.

Daniel: Yeah. I think you can learn if you live like, if you stay with a family for a week.

Olga: It is thoroughly different from Spanish, right?

Daniel: It is. It's more close, it's more closer to the Polynesia.

Olga: I see. That's great.

Daniel: But it's really interesting and the island it's really beautiful and if you go in summer you can swim and it's going to be a really, really good time.

Olga: It's not expensive to go there, right?

Daniel: It's about five hundred dollars.

Olga: It's OK. Yeah, I can manage.

Daniel: You have to be careful though because the prices in the island are a bit more expensive than...

Olga: Yeah, they do that sometimes in Mexico too. Yeah, touristic places.

Daniel: Yeah. And if you want to go south, I can recommend you Patagonia.

Olga: Yeah, I heard it's really hard to go there. Is it?

Daniel: Well it's really hard to get there if you go on the Chilean part but if you go on the Argentinian part it's not that difficult.

Olga: Then I think we want to go there too.

Daniel: And it's beautiful because you have a lot of mountains, rivers, glaciers.

Olga: It sounds so romantic too.

Daniel: Yeah. It's good that you go with a boyfriend.

Olga: Thank you. I'm looking forward to go there.

Daniel: Good. If you need any other advice just let me know.

Olga: Thank you.

Daniel: You're welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

look forward


I don't really look forward to going to Santiago.

You 'look forward to' something that you are excited about that will happen in the future. Notice the following:

  1. I look forward to spring vacation every year.
  2. Are you looking forward to starting your new job?



You can see the indigenous people.

'Indigenous' people are the people who are native to a certain area.  This word is used to describe the original people in a location, not the colonialists who moved there. Notice the following:

  1. This is a tradition which is practiced by the indigenous people in this area.
  2. There are almost no indigenous people left in this country.

if you're lucky


If you're lucky, you can stay in a house with an indigenous family.

We can say 'if you are lucky' to mean that something would be good outcome or option, but might not be possible or happen. Notice the following:

  1. If you're lucky, you will get to see some wild animals around here.
  2. If we are lucky, we won't miss the flight.



Yeah, I can manage.

If you can 'manage' to do something, it means you will be able to do it. Notice the following:

  1. How do you manage to take care of 5 children by yourself?
  2. I can only manage to make it to the gym 3 times a week.



You have a lot of mountains, rivers, glaciers.

'Glaciers' are large ice formations that can be as big as mountains. Notice the following:

  1. You can take a boat onto to a lake that is surrounded by glaciers.
  2. Many animals live in the glaciers.

Vocabulary Quiz

forward • indigenous • lucky
manage • glaciers
  1. All of these crafts and art come from the people of the country.
  2. Scientists have actually found frozen animals in the .
  3. This festival is something I look to every year.
  4. If you're , we will have a clear sky tonight, so you can see all the stars.
  5. Every year it becomes more difficult to to do everything that needs to be done.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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