Places to Visit in the United Kingdom

An Englishman recommends some places to visit if you go to the U.K.

Self Study

Dictation

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Transcript

Where would I recommend visiting in the U.K.?

Well, that depends on the person, if you're after a sightseeing, shopping holiday, I would have to recommend London or Manchester. The big cities with a lot to offer.

In London, you can go to the West End and catch a show, or in Manchester you can go shopping, you've got a wide selection of stores, and some big brands, and some quite small, independent ones, that are very cool and have some unique items.

Both of them have some amazing restaurants. I was in London once and I went to a hot dog restaurant. Now, this place only served hot dogs, which doesn't sound that strange, but it was a real sit-down dining experience with a waiter, and they served gourmet hot dogs and that was it, that was all they served, it wasn't a fast-food joint.

Self Study

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Questions

  • Which two cities does he recommend?
  • Why?
  • What can you do in the West End in London?
  • What types of shops are in Manchester?
  • What was unusual about the restaurant he visited in London?

Answers

He recommends going to London or Manchester.

They're both big cities with a lot to offer. Shopping, sightseeing, restaurants.

You can catch a show (see a play / watch theatre) in the West End.

In Manchester you have a mix of big brands with smaller independent stores.

It was a hot dog restaurant, not a fast food hot dog restaurant, but a real high quality dining experience.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

sightseeing - visiting places that are interesting because they are famous, well known, historical, popular, etc.
A sightseeing tour of Sydney
We went sightseeing around Paris

a lot to offer - with many things and activities to do.
New York is a great city for tourists, it has a lot to offer.

gourmet - high quality food
The cafe sells gourmet foods and coffee.