No.822 Sri Lanka






Michele talks about the cultural differences of living in Japan and Canada.


Todd: Hello, Mini.

Mini: Hello.

Todd: Now, Mini, you are from Sri Lanka.

Mini: Yes.

Todd: If somebody is going to your country, can you recommend three things they should do or three things they should see?

Mini: OK, the first thing is you can go and see the ancient things that all the Kings and Queens built, like castles. We have a castle called… it’s called the Rock Castle. It’s called Sigirya, so it’s very beautiful.

Todd: This is the Rock Castle.

Mini: Yeah, it’s… the castle is on the rock itself, so you can see the ruins there. It’s really beautiful, with pictures, paintings, arts and stuff.

Todd: Oh, really. That’s really cool, so this rock castle, how old is it?

Mini: I’m not sure, but maybe around two thousand. I’m not sure. Sorry.

Todd: What else should people you see?

Mini: The second thing should be beaches. We have beautiful beaches all over the place, blue, clean. You can swim. You can surf. It’s very beautiful. That’s the second thing.

Todd: Surfing is popular in Sri Lanka?

Mini: M-hm. I mean, not popular amongst Sri Lankans but most of the… many tourists come, especially the Germans, they come to my country and surf because the hotels near the beaches are very cheap and it’s very beautiful hotels and very cheap. Food is cheap. It’s nice.

Todd: OK. So, we’ve got the Rock Castle, surfing on the beach. Anything else?

Mini: And then a third thing should be the Tooth Temple. It’s like the tooth of a Buddha, so we got it from I guess India, King Ashoka, so it’s one of the things that you can see there. It’s a really beautiful temple.

Todd: OK, I’m sorry. Can you say the name of that again?

Mini: Temple of Tooth Relic.

Todd: The Temple of Tooth Relic.

Mini: Yeah.

Todd: OK.

Mini: It’s in Kandy. A place called Kandy.

Todd: Kandy. OK. Well, thanks for the tips Mini.



ancient things

You can see ancient things.

‘Ancient’ things have been around for thousands of years or are really really old.  Notice the following:

  1. It’s an ancient castle.
  2. The great wall is an amazing example of ancient Chinese history.

a castle

We have a castle called the Rock Castle.

A ‘castle; is a large stone building from past history that we can still visit, especially in Europe.  Notice the following:

  1. I loved the castle in Lord of the Rings.
  2. The castle tour was cool!


You can see the ruins there.

‘Ruins’ are parts of old buildings that remain after hundreds or even thousands of years.  Notice the following:

  1. The ruins were interesting to see.
  2. The castle ruins are in quite good condition.

all over the place

We have beaches all over the place.

The phrase ‘all over the place’ means in many different places.  Notice the following:

  1. There are 7-11 stores all over the place.
  2. We walked all over the place trying to find it.


It’s not popular amongst Sri Lankans.

In modern usage we use ‘among’. Here ‘amongst’ is used to describe the feelings within a group of people.  Notice the following:

  1. Rap music is popular amongst American college students.
  2. English is widely spoken amongst the staff.

Learn more!

ancient • castle • ruins
all over • amongst
  1. There are flowers the place in the spring.
  2. Do you think it would have been fun to live in a ?
  3. That is the general opinion my friends.
  4. I thought the were the most interesting.  How did they make that?
  5. The building was , but it was still in amazing condition.

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