Fanny from China gives Brian some tips about what to see when in China
Brian: Hey Fanny.
Brian: So we’re asking each other questions about our countries, and I have a couple of questions about China for you.
Fanny: Sure, go ahead.
Brian: So the first thing I was looking to know was, what’s the best time to visit China? what time of year?
Fanny: Oh yeah, I think … you know because China has four seasons … it’s really cold in the winter for, I mean because I come from the north part of China. So if you wanna go to China I think the best season should be summer.
Brian: OK, so maybe like June or July is a good time?
Fanny: I think July is the best time to go, because August there will be a lot of tourists there … so July will be the best time because you can see the best view and there will not be that crowded.
Brian: Now does it rain a lot in July? I’ve heard there’s, like, rainy seasons?
Fanny: In the north part … it doesn’t rain that much but in the south part it does.
Brian: So I should probably bring an umbrella and a raincoat?
Fanny: Oh yeah, I think so.
Fanny: Which city do you want to visit?
Brian: Well that’s actually a good question. You know I’ve never been to China and I don’t know so much about it. What would be the most interesting place that you can recommend?
Fanny: It depends on what kind of view you want to see, what kind of … you know, especially in the north part, there are a lot of historical cities like Beijing, Xian you can visit. You can see the old China because there are other … for example there is the Summer Palace. Have you ever heard of that?
Brian: I’ve heard of it but I don’t actually know what it is.
Fanny: Yeah, it’s just a palace which the old Chinese king lived there. It’s a very good place to visit because you can see the long history you know because China has a long history, so you can see that kind of thing.
Brian: So this is a pretty popular tourist place …
Fanny: Very popular. And also there is the Great Wall in Beijing
Brian: Ah, I do know the Great Wall, I’ve heard of that one.
Fanny: Yeah, so I think a lot of foreigners are very interested in the Great Wall, so maybe you can go there and see …
Brian: OK, that sounds pretty good …
Fanny: .. then maybe you don’t need the umbrella then
Brian: Fair enough.
What would be the most interesting place that you can recommend?
The word ‘recommend’ means to suggest something. Note the following:
- Can you recommend a good restaurant?
- We do not recommend going downtown on the weekend.
not … that crowded
It will not be that crowded.
The phrase ‘not that’ is similar in meaning to ‘a little’. Note the following:
- New York is expensive but not that expensive.
- The math test was actually not that difficult.
There are a lot of historical cities like Beijing.
Historical things are important to help us remember and understand the past. Note the following:
- There are many historical buildings downtown.
- This monument has historical importance.
a long history
China has a long history.
We use the phrase ‘long history’ to talk about something that has been around or been happening for a long time.
- Countries in the Western Hemisphere do not have long histories.
- He has a long history of letting people down.
So this is a pretty popular tourist place.
A popular place has many visitors. Note the following:
- MoMo’s is a popular tourist place.
- The park is a popular place to spend the weekend.
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