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English & the UK: Cardiff

English & the UK: Cardiff

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rowan rediscovers her Welsh roots and revisits places in Wales she went to when she was a child. The language focus is on words and phrases connected to things that are famous, language connected to the coast & language connected to the mountains. Your task is to tell us what your city is famous for and to tell us about a place on the coast or in the mountains in your country. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

Transcript

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English & the UK: Cardiff
Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan

Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: In the Premier Skills English podcast, we talk about football and help you with your English. 

Rowan: Don’t forget you can find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: This podcast returns to a series of podcasts that we started a while ago where we visited different cities in the UK.

Jack: That’s right in this series we’ve visited many of the UK’s big cities: London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and many more.

Rowan: But we’ve never visited Wales in one of our podcasts so that’s where we are going this week. 

Rich: You’re from Wales, aren’t you, Rowan?

Rowan: Yes, I am.

Jack: OK, everyone probably knows that there are two main languages in Wales: English and Welsh - Welsh is a Celtic language and is very different from English.

Rowan: Yes, it is very different - Helo Rowan ydw i. Cymraeg ydw i. That is hello I’m Rowan and I’m Welsh.

Rich: Can you say that again?

Rowan:  Helo Rowan ydw i. Cymraeg ydw i. 

Jack: The Welsh word I’ve always wanted to learn is a place name and it’s the longest place name in the world.

Rich: Oh, yes. I’ve been to this village it’s on a little island called Anglesey in North Wales. 

Rowan: OK, you want me to say it, don’t you?

Jack: Yes, please.

Rowan: OK, in Welsh this village is called: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Rich: That is very long - I’ll practise it later. I don’t want to embarrass myself on the podcast.

Jack: Let’s leave the Welsh to Rowan. So in our roleplay this week we are visiting three different places in Wales: the capital of Wales, the seaside and the mountains.

Rowan: In the roleplay, I’m revisiting some of the things I did and the places I visited when I was a child growing up in Wales.

Rich: After each part of the roleplay we’ll focus on some language. This week we’re looking at phrases we can use to talk about famous places and things and geographical features connected to the coast and words and phrases connected to mountains.

Rowan: And I’m also on a mission in the podcast. The mission involves cake but more about that later.

Jack: Your task this week is to talk about something your city is famous for.

Rich: If you are listening to us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or any other podcast platform, you should also check out our website.

Rowan: On the Premier Skills English website, you’ll find the transcript, examples and activities to help you understand the language, and a task for you to complete with other listeners.

Jack: Before we do the roleplays let’s look back at last week’s football phrase.

Last week’s Football Phrase 

Rich: OK, our football phrase. If you’ve not listened to the podcast before, every week we set our listeners a challenge. We explain a football phrase or word and you have to guess what it is.

Jack: When you know the answer, go to the Premier Skills English website and write the word or phrase in the comments section for this podcast.

Rowan: Thanks for all your answers last week. The first listener with the correct answer for the second week in a row was WSanta from Argentina. Well done WSanta! 

Rich: And congratulations to these other listeners who also got the correct answer to our football phrase: MoBeckham, and HSN from Turkey, Hayato from Japan, Ranj from Norway, Alex and Liubomyr from Ukraine, Marco Zapien, Mario and Vic from Mexico, Jacek from Poland, and Emmanuel from France.  

Jack: If you didn’t hear last week’s football phrase, we’re going to give you one more chance to guess now. And later on, at the end of the podcast, we’ll tell you the answer. Are you ready?

Rich: Last week’s football phrase was ****** ***. This phrase is used to refer to the return match in a tie that consists of two games. Manchester City and Chelsea played very well at PSG and Real Madrid this week but they have to finish the job in the ****** ***. 

Rowan: And well done to Chelsea and Manchester City who both won their ****** *** matches and will meet in the Champions League Final in Istanbul later this month.

Jack: Last week’s podcast was about the difference between two words: hear and listen. We asked you about the things you hear and listen to and we had some interesting answers.

Rowan: Alex from Ukraine listens to music a lot - wherever he is and wherever he goes he always seems to be listening to music. Is that true, Alex?

Rich: HSN from Turkey listens to BBC radio. I think that is a very good way to practise your English and keep yourself up to date with things happening in the world.

Jack: And MoBeckham from Turkey listens to the Premier Skills English Podcast of course. Thanks for your comment MoBeckham and happy podcast anniversary!

Rowan: If you haven’t heard this podcast it’s called Learning Vocabulary: Hear and Listen and you can find it on the Premier Skills English website or on Apple Podcasts.

Introduction to roleplay

Rowan: As we said earlier, this week our roleplay is in three parts and in each part we visit a different place in Wales.

Jack: As you know, Rowan is from Wales and in the roleplays she goes back to three places she visited as a child.

Rich: But more importantly, she decides to take us with her. Rowan takes us to a rugby match, the Welsh seaside and the highest mountain in Wales.

Rowan: And ... I’m also on a quest - a mission. My mission is to find the best Bara Brith in Wales. 

Jack: Bara Brith - I’m not totally sure, but isn’t that a type of cake?

Rowan: Good knowledge, Jack. It is indeed a cake, a traditional Welsh fruit cake. When I was a kid, I used to eat a lot of Bara Brith. It really is the taste of my childhood, but I haven’t had a slice for years.

Rich: OK, here’s part one of this week’s roleplay. We are in a cafe in Cardiff - the Welsh capital and have just been to a rugby match.

Jack: While you listen we want you to answer two questions:

Rowan: Question one: Who can’t sing very well?

Rich: Question two: Who likes the cake in the cafe?

Roleplay Part One 

Waiter: Here you are, two teas and a latte and three slices of our famous bara brith.

Rich: I thought Wales was famous for the dragon on its flag, leeks and daffodils, not cake.

Rowan: Come on, Rich. That’s just lazy thinking.

Jack: Are you alright Rowan? You look a bit ... sad?

Rowan: No, I’m not sad. I’m just reminiscing. It's been so long since I went to a rugby match. I used to go to the rugby with my Grandpa when I was a kid. 

Rich: He would have loved the result!

Rowan: Yeah, he would have. He’d have loved the atmosphere, too. He liked the old stadium - Cardiff Arms Park - but he loved the Millenium Stadium, too and it is a world-class stadium.

Jack: It was amazing. When the whole crowd stood up and sang - it sent a shiver down my spine.

Rowan: Yeah, we love singing in Wales. Male voice choirs are very popular. ... Not many of us sing in a choir but we do like to sing in Wales.

Rich: The singing was brilliant, I mean, Wales is known for its singing. 

Jack: I didn’t have a clue what you were all singing about, but yeah, it was awesome.

Rowan: That’s because it was in Welsh, Jack! When everyone sings a hymn like Calon Lan or Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau - that’s like an unofficial national anthem -  Ah... it’s magic. The whole stadium comes alive.

Jack: You need to teach us the words so we can sing it next time, Rowan!

Rich: No chance! I can’t hold a note to save my life. I’m tone-deaf. Right let’s try this cake - what did you say it was called again?

Rowan: Bara birth - it’s a fruit cake and it’s very good. It’s the taste of my childhood.

Jack: Delicious! Quite moist - not too dry and it’s very fruity.

Rowan: Yeah, it’s good but not quite how I remember it. 

Jack: Things are never as good as you remember them. Maybe we can get some better Bara Brith tomorrow.

Rowan: Looks like Rich is enjoying it. Where did your slice go?

Rich: Sorry, sorry - yeah I liked it. So, what are we going to do next?

Rowan: Let’s have a look around Cardiff Castle - I bet that hasn’t changed since I was a kid. I suppose we could go down to Cardiff Bay and do some shopping - there are lots of bars and restaurants around there, too.

Jack: Sounds like a good plan to me.

Language Focus 1

Rich: Before the roleplay, we asked you two questions. The first question was: Who can’t sing very well?

Jack: The answer is Rich. He described himself as being tone-deaf and said he can’t hold a note to save his life.

Rowan: If someone is tone-deaf it means they are not able to distinguish between different musical notes. Basically both tone-deaf and not being able to hold a note are used to describe people who can’t sing.

Jack: It’s well-known that Welsh people like to sing and are good at it and rugby fans are well-known for singing at matches. Rich is not Welsh so we shouldn’t ask him to sing - ever!

Rich:  Our second question was: Who likes the cake in the cafe?

Rowan: The answer again is Rich. I was slightly disappointed with the cake but Jack enjoyed it and Rich ate his slice in about three seconds so he must have liked it best.

Jack: OK, let’s look at some language from the roleplay. I want to look at some phrases that we can use to talk about famous things or places.

Rich: We can start by using that word - famous. We need to add a preposition and use the phrase famous for. A place can be famous for something. Listen to the start of the roleplay again:

Waiter: Here you are, two teas and a latte and three slices of our famous bara brith.

Rich: I thought Wales was famous for the dragon on its flag, leeks and daffodils, not cake.

Rowan: A similar phrase that we have used already is known for or well-known for. 

Jack: We said that Wales is known for its singing in the roleplay and I said a minute ago that Welsh rugby fans are well-known for singing at rugby matches.

Rich: The preposition you need to remember with these phrases is for: famous for, known for, well-known for. 

Jack: Another useful word is world-class. We spoke about Cardiff’s world-class stadium. If something is world-class it’s as good as the best in the world.

Rich: Footballers are often described as world-class and the goals they score. That was a world-class goal by Gareth Bale last weekend.

Rowan: OK, we’ve got an activity on the website so you can check your understanding of more of the words and phrases we used in this part of the roleplay.

Rich: And don’t forget you can find the transcript there, too if you want to listen and read at the same time to check your understanding. Let’s move on to the second part of the roleplay.

Introduction to Roleplay Part 2

Rich: OK, here’s part two of this week’s roleplay. We are in Rhossili which is on the coast in South West Wales. Rhossili was the first place to be named as an area of outstanding natural beauty in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Rowan: And it is a place where I used to go on holiday when I was a child and in this part of the roleplay I’m going back there for the first time in many years.

Jack: And Rowan is still on her mission to find the best Bara Brith in Wales. Will she find the best fruit cake in Rhossili? 

Rich: While you listen we want you to answer two questions:

Rowan: Question one: How are we going to get onto the beach?

Jack: Question two: Does Rowan like the cake?

Roleplay Part Two 

Rich: Are we nearly there yet? All these bends are making me feel sick? Why can’t I drive?

Jack: You know why, Rich. We’d all be sick the way you drive!

Rowan: We’re nearly there - first to see the sea wins an extra slice of leek quiche at lunch!

Rich: Oh yeah and we’ve got that Bara Brith from that bakery just outside of Swansea.

Jack: I see it. There it is. We’ve got to park up on top of the cliffs and we can wander down to the beach.

Rowan: Yeah. Let’s have the picnic on the beach. 

...

Jack: Where did you say this was again - the Gower Peninsula?

Rowan: Yeah, Rhossili Bay. I used to come here a lot as kid with the whole family - every summer - I learned to surf.

Rich: You can surf - cool! I wish I could surf. Look at this place - it’s absolutely stunning.

Jack: It’s incredible - really unspoiled. Look at those sand dunes. Let’s get down to those they look awesome.

Rich: Or we could walk out to the headland over there. The views will be breathtaking from the tops of the cliffs. Look there’s a sign there - headland walk.

Rowan: Oh, yeah I remember now - this really takes me back. We can go out to Worm’s Head but we’ve gotta get back before the tide comes in. Then there’s a little path that takes us down to the beach.

Jack: Shall we have the picnic now? Before the walk.

Rich: Yeah, get the picnic blanket out. I am a bit peckish.

Rowan: you’re always hungry but all right.

Jack: Let’s start with the bara brith.

Rowan: Start with it? Come on then. Let’s see if this is how I remember it from my childhood.

Rich: Well, it is from an award-winning bakery. Let me cut you a slice.

Rowan: Mmm … it tastes good - fruity … sweet … moist … but it’s just not right - there’s something missing. It’s never quite how you remember it, is it?

Jack: Ah well! The mission continues.

Rich: Tastes all right to me. Can I have another bit?

Language Focus 2

Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you two questions. The first question was: How are we going to get onto the beach?

Jack: The answer is we have to follow a small path down through the cliffs. 

Rich: And the second question was: Does Rowan like the cake?

Rowan: Well, I liked it but it still wasn’t as good as the ones I ate as a child. I’ll carry on looking for the next Bara Brith.

Jack: Let’s look at some of the language we used in the roleplay. We were on the coast in South Wales - a really beautiful place. We used lots of words to describe what we could see - geographical features.

Rich: Let’s start with that word you just used - coast. The coast is the land next to the sea or ocean. We were on the coast or at the coast in the roleplay.

Rowan: Listen to this part of the roleplay again. How many geographical features can you hear us talk about?

Jack: Where did you say this was again - the Gower Peninsula.

Rowan: Yeah, Rhossili Bay I used to come here a lot as kid with the whole family - every summer - I learned to surf.

Rich: You can surf - cool! I wish I could surf. Look at this place - it’s absolutely stunning.

Jack: It’s incredible - really unspoiled. Look at those sand dunes. Let’s get down to those they look awesome.

Rich: Or we could walk out to the headland over there. The views will be breathtaking from the tops of the cliffs. Look there’s a sign there - headland walk.

Rowan: The first word we used here was peninsula. A peninsula is an area of land that is almost totally surrounded by water but connected to a larger piece of land at one point.

Jack: Italy is a peninsula - it is surrounded by sea apart from in the north where it connects to the rest of Europe.

Rowan: The next word is bay. We were in Rhossili Bay. A bay is where the sea comes into the land a little and creates a curve. The sea is usually calmer in a bay and there are often beaches to enjoy.

Jack: In Rhossili Bay there are sand dunes on the beach. Sand dunes are small hills of sand that are created by the wind. You often see them in the desert as well as on beaches.

Rich: The next word I want to look at in this section is cliff. A cliff is a high area of rock with a very steep side that goes directly down. Cliffs can be very dangerous places if you’re not careful.

Jack: The last word I want to look at is headland. We said that we were going to go on a headland walk.

Rowan: A headland is a little piece of land that sticks out into the sea. There are usually cliffs on either side of a headland. I suppose it’s like a little peninsula.

Rich: OK, on the website we have some more examples, pictures and activities to help you understand the geographical features of coastlines but for now let’s move on to the final part of our roleplay.

Introduction to Roleplay Part 3

Rich: OK, here’s the final part of this week’s roleplay. We are in Snowdonia which is a National Park in North Wales. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales.

Rowan: And it is another place I visited a lot as a child.

Jack: Rowan still hasn’t found the perfect Bara Brith on her trip to Wales. Will she find the best fruit cake in Wales at the top of the mountain? 

Rich: While you listen we want you to answer two questions:

Rowan: Question one: Who gets to the top of the mountain first?

Jack: Question two: Does Rowan like the cake?

Roleplay 3 

Rich: So we’re going to climb Snowdon - the highest mountain in Wales. I feel exhausted just thinking about it.

Jack: Come on Rich you can’t be that sleepy - you went to bed at nine last night and we’re not going to climb it, we’re going to walk up it. It’s not really mountaineering. 

Rich: How long is it going to take to get to the summit?

Rowan: It’s a three-hour hike to the top but it depends on how fast we walk. Jack - you’ve got the picnic, right?

Jack: Lovingly prepared by your Great Aunty Gwen - it was lovely to meet her. It was a shame that we couldn’t have stopped for lunch.

Rich: We don’t want to be coming down a mountain in the dark. So, how many times have you climbed Snowdon, Rowan?

Rowan: Lots of times, I know this path like the back of my hand. On a clear day, we might even be able to see Ireland from the top.

Rich: Well, we’ve got blue skies so we might be in luck.

Jack: Come on guys let’s pick up the pace a bit. We want to get to the top before Sunday.

Rich: I just need to catch my breath. I’ll catch you up around the next corner.

...

Jack: I know Rich seemed shattered but I can’t believe he turned back so soon - so lazy.

Rowan: I know - a very poor show. I tell you what - let’s crack out the Bara-Brith - that’ll serve him right.

Jack: This is the good stuff right - homemade by your Great Aunt.

Rowan: Wow! This is it! This is what I remember - I’ve found it - the perfect Bara-Brith. Delicious. 

Jack: Mission accomplished and I can see the top of the mountain - we’ve made it.

Rich: Hey guys! What kept you? The views are stunning from up here.

Rowan: You didn’t, did you? You did, didn’t you? You are so lazy!

Jack: What’s he done?

Rowan: He’s only gone and caught the train to the top. 

Rich: I only got a single. We can run back down, can’t we?

Rowan: Well, you’ve missed out on the homemade Bara-Brith and it was the best I’ve ever tasted!

Language Focus 3

Jack: Before the roleplay, we asked you two questions. The first question was: Who gets to the top of the mountain first?

Rich: The answer was me as I’m a world-class mountain climber.

Rowan: No, you’re not you cheated by getting the train to the top! 

Jack: The second was: Does Rowan like the cake?

Rowan: And the answer is finally yes - I found the cake I remembered as a child and I should have known really. The best cake is always homemade!

Rich: OK, let’s look at some language. We’re going to look at a few words connected to mountains and getting up them.

Jack: We go up and go down or come down mountains. These are a few useful phrasal verbs. Have you ever gone up a mountain?  How long did it take you to come down again? 

Rowan: The verb we associate most with mountains is probably climb. When we talk about climbing mountains we often think about ropes and lots of equipment - we are talking about rock climbing or mountaineering.

Rich: We didn’t need any ropes to get to the top of Snowdon so we can’t really describe it as rock climbing or mountaineering.

Jack: The top of Snowdon? There’s another word we used in the roleplay to describe the top of a mountain. We used the word summit. It took us about three hours to reach the summit of Snowdon.

Rowan: So if we weren’t climbing or mountaineering what were we doing?

Rich: In the roleplay, we used the word hike. Rowan said it was a three-hour hike to the top.

Jack: A hike is a long walk usually for enjoyment and usually in the countryside. We can use it as a verb but it’s more common as a noun. I like to go hiking in the mountains at the weekend. It’s a three-hour hike to the summit.

Rowan: A similar word to hike is trek which can be used in the same way. We’ve looked at quite a lot of language connected geography in this podcast. You can check your understanding of all these words and phrases on the website.

Task

Rich: We’ve been speaking about Cardiff and Wales in this week’s podcast. We’ve spoken about things Cardiff and Wales are famous for and places on the coast and in the mountains.

Jack: Your task this week has two parts. First, we want you to tell us something your city or country is famous for.

Rowan: And your second task is to tell us either about a place next to the coast or a place in the mountains that you have visited.

Rich: Try to use some of the language we have introduced in this week’s podcast when you write your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: And don’t forget to reply to other listeners about their cities and countries - let’s see what new places and things we can learn about.

Football Phrase

Rowan: It’s time for this week’s football phrase and it’s a bit different this week, isn’t it? 

Rich: Yes, it is. Remember last week we asked you if you had a football phrase. Well, this week’s football phrase comes from HSN in Turkey - thanks for the idea, HSN. 

Jack: This week’s football phrase is ***** ********. This phrase is used when a team doesn’t have a fixture - maybe because a league has an odd number of teams and each week one team doesn’t play or maybe a scheduled match has been postponed. This term is used a lot in fantasy football, too - you don’t want to choose any players with a ***** ******** because they won’t score you any points.  

Rowan: This is a difficult phrase - the first word describes something that is empty or clear and the second word is used to describe each round of fixtures in a season.

Rich: Useful help, Rowan - let’s see if anyone gets the football phrase right and who is first this week. If you are still wondering what the answer was to last week’s football phrase it was second leg.

Jack: If you have a football phrase that you would like us to use in the podcast, just get in touch and let us know.

Rowan: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. If you get it right, we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast. 

Rich: If you have a question for us about football or English you can email us at premierskills@britishcouncil.org

Jack: or you can leave your questions and comments on the website in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Rowan: or you could give us a rating and a fantastic review on Apple Podcasts. 

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

Gareth Bale is a famous Welsh footballer.

In the podcast, Rich, Rowan and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. Do you know the words in bold?

No, I’m not sad. I’m just reminiscing. It's been so long since I went to a rugby match.

When the whole crowd stood up and sang - it sent a shiver down my spine.

Are we nearly there yet? All these bends are making me feel sick? Why can’t I drive?

It’s incredible - really beautiful and totally unspoiled.

We can go out to Worm’s Head but we’ve gotta get back before the tide comes in.

I know this path like the back of my hand

The views are stunning from up here.

Activity 1

Activity 1: Match the definitions to the words and phrases from the roleplay.
Do you know these words and phrases?

UK Cities

Cardiff: Things to see & do

Cardiff Castle is worth a visit.

The capital of Wales is well worth a visit and is well-known for its heritage, culture, and festivals and is a great place for something to eat and a night out. There are many things to see and do in Cardiff. Some highlights include: 

  • Cardiff Castle (a medieval castle that was built in the 11th century)
  • The Millenium Stadium (a 74,000 capacity stadium that is home to Welsh rugby)
  • National Museum (visit a world-class art and natural history museum and find out more about Welsh history)
  • Cardiff City (watch a match at Cardiff City's stadium which is also home to the Welsh football team)
  • Flat Holm Island (take a boat trip to an island that has been a sanctuary for monks, Vikings and smugglers since the Dark Ages)
  • Cardiff Bay (go shopping or have a meal in Cardiff's most exclusive shopping area)

Vocabulary

Wales: What's it known for?

Rugby is the national sport in Wales.

In the first part of the roleplay, Rowan, Jack and Rich were in a cafe in Cardiff. They had just been to a rugby match at the Millenium Stadium. Look at the dialogue again and think about the words and phrases in bold that are used to describe things that are well-known about Wales. 

Waiter: Here you are, two teas and a latte and three slices of our famous bara brith.

Rich: I thought Wales was famous for the dragon on its flag, leeks and daffodils, not cake.

Rowan: Yeah, we love singing in Wales. Male voice choirs are very popular. ... Not many of us sing in a choir but we do like to sing in Wales.

Rich: The singing was brilliant, I mean, Wales is known for its singing and Welsh rugby fans are well-known for singing at rugby matches.

Rowan: He loved the Millenium Stadium, too and it is a world-class stadium.

In the language focus, Jack, Rich and Rowan introduce looked at more words and phrases we use to take about things that are famous or well-known in a place. Have a go at this activity and check your understanding of this language.

Activity 2

Activity 2: Read the sentences and choose the correct preposition.
What's Wales famous for?

Vocabulary

Wales: The Coast

Rhossili in Wales is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

In the second part of the roleplay, Rowan, Jack and Rich were at the coast in a place called Rhossili Bay in South Wales. Look at the dialogue again and think about the words and phrases in bold that are used to describe geographical features we might see near the sea. 

Jack: Where did you say this was again - the Gower Peninsula.

Rowan: Yeah, Rhossili Bay I used to come here a lot as kid with the whole family - every summer - I learned to surf.

Rich: You can surf - cool! I wish I could surf. Look at this place - it’s absolutely stunning.

Jack: It’s incredible - really unspoiled. Look at those sand dunes. Let’s get down to those they look awesome.

Rich: Or we could walk out to the headland over there. The views will be breathtaking from the tops of the cliffs. Look there’s a sign there - headland walk.]

Vocabulary

Wales: The Mountains

Rich cheated and got the train to the summit of Snowdon instead of climbing.

In the final part of the roleplay, Rowan, Jack and Rich were in the mountains. They were in a place called Snowdonia in North Wales. Look at the dialogue again and think about the words and phrases in bold we might use in connection with mountains. 

Rich: So today we’re going to climb Snowdon - the highest mountain in Wales. I feel exhausted just thinking about it.

Jack: We’re not going to climb it, we’re going to walk up it. It’s not really mountaineering

Rich: How long is it going to take to get to the summit?

Rowan: It’s a three-hour hike to the top but it depends on how fast we walk. 

Have a go at this activity and check your understanding of language connected to coastlines and the mountains.

Activity 3

Activity 3: Look at the words and decide if they are connected to coastlines or mountains.
Have you learned the vocabulary?

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Task

My Country

We learned more about Wales in this podcast. What can you tell other listeners about your country?

This week's task is to tell us a few things about your city and country.

  1. What is your city famous for? Why is it well-known in your country or internationally?
  2. Tell us about a place on the coast in your country. What does it look like? What can you see?
  3. Tell us about a place in the mountains in your country? have you been there? Have you climbed to the top of a mountain? 

Write your answers in the comments section and try to use this week's vocabulary and don't forget to have a guess at this week's football phrase.

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Amirasalah's picture
Amirasalah
09/08/2021
EG
37
points

My city is famous for pyramids it is well known because it is amazing and ancient
The coast in my country is outstanding it’s colour is bright and shiny it’s beautiful blue i can see the fishes through the sea
I can tell you about santcatrien it’s wonderful mountain but I didn’t climb a mountain yet


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Amirasalah
09/08/2021 22:29
Egypt
West Bromwich Albion
37

My city is famous for pyramids it is well known because it is amazing and ancient
The coast in my country is outstanding it’s colour is bright and shiny it’s beautiful blue i can see the fishes through the sea
I can tell you about santcatrien it’s wonderful mountain but I didn’t climb a mountain yet

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wsanta
14/05/2021
AR
5053
points

When Lady Di visited Gaiman, a Welsh town in Argentinian Patagonia, she drank tea but didn't eat any Welsh cakes.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.infobae.com/turismo/2018/09/16/como-es-...


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wsanta
14/05/2021 04:08
Argentina
Leeds United
5053

When Lady Di visited Gaiman, a Welsh town in Argentinian Patagonia, she drank tea but didn't eat any Welsh cakes.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.infobae.com/turismo/2018/09/16/como-es-...

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wsanta
14/05/2021
AR
5053
points

There are several Welsh colonies in my country, the most important are in Patagonia, southern Argentina. In some of these colonies children are taught a little Welsh at school. When you visit these villages you have to eat the Welsh cake in a tea house.


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wsanta
14/05/2021 03:44
Argentina
Leeds United
5053

There are several Welsh colonies in my country, the most important are in Patagonia, southern Argentina. In some of these colonies children are taught a little Welsh at school. When you visit these villages you have to eat the Welsh cake in a tea house.

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Rich
14/05/2021
ES
594
points

This is really interesting. I had heard about it a long time ago but had completely forgotten. I really like the Argentinian - Welsh flag! More information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_Wladfa


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Rich
14/05/2021 09:28
Spain
Liverpool
594

This is really interesting. I had heard about it a long time ago but had completely forgotten. I really like the Argentinian - Welsh flag! More information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_Wladfa

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mobeckham
13/05/2021
TR
6414
points

Happy Eid Al-Fitr to all my friends here who are celebrating.
Enjoy the festivities with your beloved family and friends :)


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mobeckham
13/05/2021 16:45
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

Happy Eid Al-Fitr to all my friends here who are celebrating.
Enjoy the festivities with your beloved family and friends :)

Rich's picture
Rich
13/05/2021
ES
594
points

Yes and a happy Eid Al-Fitr to you, Mo and to everyone who is celebrating today!


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Rich
13/05/2021 20:13
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes and a happy Eid Al-Fitr to you, Mo and to everyone who is celebrating today!

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hsn
14/05/2021
TR
3553
points

Happy Eid Al-Fitr-:)


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hsn
14/05/2021 08:48
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3553

Happy Eid Al-Fitr-:)

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mobeckham
14/05/2021
TR
6414
points

Much appreciated dear teacher :)


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mobeckham
14/05/2021 00:00
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

Much appreciated dear teacher :)

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mobeckham
13/05/2021
TR
6414
points

3. There’s a neighbour City to İzmir where my brother lives which is Manisa. It has a huge range of mountains called ( Spil Dağı ) Spil mountains which are located in Manisa as well as the road between Manisa and Izmir.
I have been there for a few times with my friends and family.
We reached to the summit of the mountains once by my brother’s car. The distance between the ground and the summit is around 2 kilometres high. It was on the first of January 2016. It was freezing cold and the snow was everywhere on the summit. We took unforgettable pics together.


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mobeckham
13/05/2021 16:42
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

3. There’s a neighbour City to İzmir where my brother lives which is Manisa. It has a huge range of mountains called ( Spil Dağı ) Spil mountains which are located in Manisa as well as the road between Manisa and Izmir.
I have been there for a few times with my friends and family.
We reached to the summit of the mountains once by my brother’s car. The distance between the ground and the summit is around 2 kilometres high. It was on the first of January 2016. It was freezing cold and the snow was everywhere on the summit. We took unforgettable pics together.

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mobeckham
13/05/2021
TR
6414
points

2. İzmir is a coastal city as Aegean Sea takes along from the north to the south.
My district which is Konak is by the coast and on the other side of the coast , there’s Karşıyaka which is another beautiful district. The city has such a splendid view and you can breath fresh air while hiking or riding your bike along the seaside.


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mobeckham
13/05/2021 16:28
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

2. İzmir is a coastal city as Aegean Sea takes along from the north to the south.
My district which is Konak is by the coast and on the other side of the coast , there’s Karşıyaka which is another beautiful district. The city has such a splendid view and you can breath fresh air while hiking or riding your bike along the seaside.

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mobeckham
13/05/2021
TR
6414
points

1. Our city , İzmir , is famous for a few things such as Balçova Telefrik , Ephesus , Kadifekale , The Clock Tower and The Elevator.
İzmir is well-known for Ephesus which is an Ancient Greek settlement , Ephesus is one of the most best-preserved archaeological sites in Eastern Mediterranean. The splendour of the ruins reflects the marvellous long-gone era of the artistic Greek domination , transporting the astonished traveller back in time.
A perfect day trip solution , Ephesus is located an hour-ride away from İzmir city centre.


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mobeckham
13/05/2021 16:23
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

1. Our city , İzmir , is famous for a few things such as Balçova Telefrik , Ephesus , Kadifekale , The Clock Tower and The Elevator.
İzmir is well-known for Ephesus which is an Ancient Greek settlement , Ephesus is one of the most best-preserved archaeological sites in Eastern Mediterranean. The splendour of the ruins reflects the marvellous long-gone era of the artistic Greek domination , transporting the astonished traveller back in time.
A perfect day trip solution , Ephesus is located an hour-ride away from İzmir city centre.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
14/05/2021
UA
6192
points

Happy Eid Al-Fitr to you and your family! My son Vladimir was in Turkey several times and loves the country. Last September he visited Izmir and was delighted with his 6-day stay. He also travelled south of the city for sightseeing. There was an earthquake there in November, though, - I saw sorrowful photos in the internet media. Nevertheless, I want to visit Turkey in the near future, learning even the language. Have a nice May and summer, MoBeckham!


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Alex_from_Ukraine
14/05/2021 07:48
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

Happy Eid Al-Fitr to you and your family! My son Vladimir was in Turkey several times and loves the country. Last September he visited Izmir and was delighted with his 6-day stay. He also travelled south of the city for sightseeing. There was an earthquake there in November, though, - I saw sorrowful photos in the internet media. Nevertheless, I want to visit Turkey in the near future, learning even the language. Have a nice May and summer, MoBeckham!

Vic
10/05/2021
MX
817
points

CDMX is famous for has a several museums, outsatnading National Museum of History and Anthropology and Museum Home Frida Kahlo.

Huatulco´s Bays, its a stuning beach in Mexico, the sand is too clean, the atmosphere fells paceful.

Mountains, well, Popocatepetl Volcan, its famous for his activity, and history among the people live around Popo.


Vic
10/05/2021 20:08
Mexico
Liverpool
817

CDMX is famous for has a several museums, outsatnading National Museum of History and Anthropology and Museum Home Frida Kahlo.

Huatulco´s Bays, its a stuning beach in Mexico, the sand is too clean, the atmosphere fells paceful.

Mountains, well, Popocatepetl Volcan, its famous for his activity, and history among the people live around Popo.

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hsn
10/05/2021
TR
3553
points

Hi Rich! That is another football phrase suggestion-:)

It's called "Applying Advantage" As you know, although she/he has been fouled, player continue dribbling. The referee doesn't stop the game. She/he open two arms in order to be known that the foul had been seen and the game has to be continued. When the player who is dribbling lose her/his position the referee blow the whistle and gives free or indirect kick.

Stay fit and healthy.


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hsn
10/05/2021 16:06
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3553

Hi Rich! That is another football phrase suggestion-:)

It's called "Applying Advantage" As you know, although she/he has been fouled, player continue dribbling. The referee doesn't stop the game. She/he open two arms in order to be known that the foul had been seen and the game has to be continued. When the player who is dribbling lose her/his position the referee blow the whistle and gives free or indirect kick.

Stay fit and healthy.

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hsn
09/05/2021
TR
3553
points

TASK

1. My city famous for castle which has been established in 8th century B.C. It's a tourist attraction place. There are lots of restaurants that has delicious Turkish cuisine and souvenir shops around it.

2. A city called Antalya in the south of my country by the Mediterranean sea. Every year millions of tourist come for the sun and , beaches.There are plenty of hotels along the seaside. A forested area right after the sea. Sun, sand and forest provides a very nice vacation facility.There are also many uplands and mountains subject to hiking or mountaineering.

3. It’s called Nemrut mountain that has more than two thousands metres height. I've been there. There are many statues on the top of the mountain. Ancient civilizations put them and used this place to worship. It takes one hour to walk up to the summit. It's been said that one of best place in the world to observe sunrise. Therefore we went up to the summit in the night by walking.This place worth to visit.
For more information Please visit this web site-:)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nemrut

FOOTBALL PHRASE By the given clues I think it's- ***** SCHEDULE

PHRASES

• Tone-deaf people easily get to be out of tune with choir and broke harmony.

• If a country have many companies that well known for producing world-class outputs economists describe its as a developed one.

• It's a lazy thinking that all the football fans tend to be violence. Many of them humanist like me-:)

• Veterans like reminiscing and talking about hard times of Independence war.

• There is an alternative road to my hometown which I know like the back of my hand. It's included green, unspoiled and have breathtaking scenery but a lot of bends so I don't prefer it.

• When I bumped a car I felt a shiver down my spine because of fear.


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hsn
09/05/2021 13:53
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3553

TASK

1. My city famous for castle which has been established in 8th century B.C. It's a tourist attraction place. There are lots of restaurants that has delicious Turkish cuisine and souvenir shops around it.

2. A city called Antalya in the south of my country by the Mediterranean sea. Every year millions of tourist come for the sun and , beaches.There are plenty of hotels along the seaside. A forested area right after the sea. Sun, sand and forest provides a very nice vacation facility.There are also many uplands and mountains subject to hiking or mountaineering.

3. It’s called Nemrut mountain that has more than two thousands metres height. I've been there. There are many statues on the top of the mountain. Ancient civilizations put them and used this place to worship. It takes one hour to walk up to the summit. It's been said that one of best place in the world to observe sunrise. Therefore we went up to the summit in the night by walking.This place worth to visit.
For more information Please visit this web site-:)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nemrut

FOOTBALL PHRASE By the given clues I think it's- ***** SCHEDULE

PHRASES

• Tone-deaf people easily get to be out of tune with choir and broke harmony.

• If a country have many companies that well known for producing world-class outputs economists describe its as a developed one.

• It's a lazy thinking that all the football fans tend to be violence. Many of them humanist like me-:)

• Veterans like reminiscing and talking about hard times of Independence war.

• There is an alternative road to my hometown which I know like the back of my hand. It's included green, unspoiled and have breathtaking scenery but a lot of bends so I don't prefer it.

• When I bumped a car I felt a shiver down my spine because of fear.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/05/2021
UA
6192
points

Thank you, Hasan, for the valuable information. I'll try to reach Antalya and Nemrut Dagi when in Turkey.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
14/05/2021 07:57
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

Thank you, Hasan, for the valuable information. I'll try to reach Antalya and Nemrut Dagi when in Turkey.

hayato
08/05/2021
JP
410
points

I think the phrase is a ***** ********


hayato
08/05/2021 02:14
Japan
Everton
410

I think the phrase is a ***** ********

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Alex_from_Ukraine
08/05/2021
UA
6192
points

Rowan: Alex from Ukraine listens to music a lot - wherever he is and wherever he goes he always seems to be listening to music. Is that true, Alex?

- Yes, it's true, Rowan. At home, I listen to either youtube songs or my CD record player, and outdoors my mobile's headphones are all the time in my ears for prerecorded music. Btw, I like not only songs in English or Russian (my native language) but also in German, Italian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, French, even Turkish.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
08/05/2021 00:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

Rowan: Alex from Ukraine listens to music a lot - wherever he is and wherever he goes he always seems to be listening to music. Is that true, Alex?

- Yes, it's true, Rowan. At home, I listen to either youtube songs or my CD record player, and outdoors my mobile's headphones are all the time in my ears for prerecorded music. Btw, I like not only songs in English or Russian (my native language) but also in German, Italian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, French, even Turkish.

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
07/05/2021
MX
79
points

***** ********


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Marco Zapien
07/05/2021 18:57
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
79

***** ********

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
07/05/2021
TR
6414
points

I think this week’s football phrase is ( ***** fixture )


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
07/05/2021 18:54
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

I think this week’s football phrase is ( ***** fixture )

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/05/2021
TR
6414
points

So it’s ***** ******** then :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/05/2021 16:13
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

So it’s ***** ******** then :)

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
07/05/2021
UA
4408
points

I think that the phrase is a '***** ********'


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Liubomyr
07/05/2021 18:48
Ukraine
Watford
4408

I think that the phrase is a '***** ********'

wsanta's picture
wsanta
10/05/2021
AR
5053
points

Congratulations Liubomyr!!! for bouncing back to the Premier League :)


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wsanta
10/05/2021 04:15
Argentina
Leeds United
5053

Congratulations Liubomyr!!! for bouncing back to the Premier League :)

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Daniel_Baron1503
07/05/2021
CO
119
points

Hi
The phrase is ***** ********


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Daniel_Baron1503
07/05/2021 17:56
Colombia
Chelsea
119

Hi
The phrase is ***** ********

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6414
2Alex_from_Ukraine6192
3wsanta5053
4kwesimanifest4754
5Liubomyr4408
6elghoul3988
7assemjuve3705
8aragorn19863557
9hsn3553
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia68692
2Ukraine34033
3Serbia27090
4Spain24611
5Brazil21051
6Albania20577
7Macedonia19063
8Vietnam18417
9Turkey16867
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United130616
2Liverpool99039
3Chelsea82327
4Arsenal78318
5Manchester City48043
6Tottenham Hotspur14717
7Leicester City12466
8Newcastle United9888
9Leeds United7384
10West Ham United5393

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Vocabulary: Phrases to describe things that are well-known

Vocabulary: The coast

Vocabulary: The mountains

Task: Places in your city and country