地道口语素材 | 城市类口语素材该怎么搞定？
What is it like where you live？
I live in a residential area of a busy town in the south of Spain … we have all the facilities you need … good public transport … a good shopping centre … it’s nice.
residential area: an area where people live
public transport system: public vehicles such as buses and trains that operate at regular times on fixed routes
Do you like living in the city?
Yes I do … I like going out with my friends and there are lots of lively bars and restaurants within walking distance of my apartment … I’m a bit of a culture vulture as well so it’s great to have access to art exhibitions and that kind of thing …
lively bars/restaurants: bars or restaurants with a good atmosphere
Do you get many tourists visiting your area?
Not really no … I live in the inner-city and the area is a little run down … it’s basically a lot of high-rise flats and many of the shops are boarded up … so nothing to interest tourists really …
inner-city: the central part of a city where people live and where condidions are often poor
run down: old and of a poor standard
high-rise flats: multi-story apartments
boarded up shops: shops that are no longer doing business
Describe an interesting town or city in your country that visitors might enjoy.
You should say
what the place is called
where the place is
what the facilities are like
and say why visitors might enjoy going there.
Anyone who comes to my country really should spend some time in Barcelona … it’s a beautiful place … it’s not what you would call a sprawling city … it’s quite compact really and you could walk across the city in a couple of hours … but there’s no need to do that as we have a fantastic public transport system so it’s easy to get around… there are various districts all with their own character … you have the upmarket shops in the centre … you’ll find lots of chain stores you’ll recognise from your own country but also local brands as well … we have the narrow streets in the Gothic district with lots of fashionable boutiques and tourist attractions … there’s the Olympic area and the beaches along the coast … and dotted around the city are some lovely public spaces … parks and squares in the city centre and on the outskirts of Barcelona where people relax with their friends and family … and of course pavement cafes everywhere … all that and some great historical places of interest … so a great destination for tourists …
sprawling city: a city that has grown over time and which covers a wide area
to get around: to travel around
upmarket shops: expensive fashionable shops
fashionable boutiques: fashionable clothes shops
tourist attraction: a place of interest to tourists
pavement cafe: cafes with tables outside on the pavement
places of interest: buildings that have a particular interest for visitors（名胜古迹）
What are the advantages of living in a city or big town？
I think it’s having access to local facilities really … local shops as well as access to larger shopping malls in the city centre … and if you’re well-off you can afford to live in the suburbs away from the busy traffic …
local facilities: local buildings or services serving the public
In your experience are city centres usually attractive places?
Some can be yes … especially those with a historical interest … but sometimes they’re full of ugly office blocks … multi-story car parks … and residents living in poor housing … it depends on the city doesn’t it?
office block: a large building that contains offices
multi-story car parks: car parks on several floors
What are some of the challenges facing towns and cities?
I suppose traffic congestion is a major problem … and the growth in out-of-town supermarkets and retail parks mean lots of town centre shops are closing down … plus a shortage of good quality housing … I think these are the major challenges …
traffic congestion: heavy traffic making it difficult to move around a town or city
out of town shopping centre/retail park: large shopping centres outside of the town or city