1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Do you want to travel abroad? Maybe, you want to visit the Great Wall of China. Maybe, you want to see Egypt’s Pyramids. Or maybe, you hope to ride on the impressive Trans-Siberian Railroad, the longest rail in the world. This historic railroad was built over a hundred years ago and is 9,289 km long!
It takes seven days to travel from Moscow, Russia, to Vladivostok, Russia. That’s a long time to travel. You can enjoy good meals in the dining car. You can talk to fascinating people. And when you’re tired, there’s always the sleeper car. If you want extra adventure, you can also take the train through Mongolia and China.
Marni is a bit taken aback that Andy would rather travel on a Russian train than on Amtrak. Listen to this English lesson to find out why he thinks the Trans-Siberian Railroad is so far reaching.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Andy_H: Chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga… Hey, Marni!
Andy_H: Guess where I want to go.
Marni: On a train, according to the sound effects.
Andy_H: That train being the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Let me tell you, this rail is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Andy_H: You have to think about something as historic and as far reaching as the Trans-Siberian Railroad. This is a railroad that goes west to east, all the way to China. That means that you can go on a train in the middle of Europe and end in the middle of mainland China. Just that trip alone seems wonderful.
Andy_H: It’s really impressive. Not to mention that you get the awesome experience of being on a train, going to the dining car, going to the sleeper car. And apparently, the thing that you always do on a train is drink tea.
Marni: Ah! Well, cheerio.
Andy makes Marni laugh when he makes funny train noises. Andy has a special reason for making these sounds, though. He wants to travel on the historic Trans-Siberian Railroad. This news would probably make many Americans feel taken aback. Why travel abroad when you could ride from coast to coast on an Amtrak train in the United States? This is what Marni wants to know.
To Andy, the Trans-Siberian Railroad is impressive for several reasons. First, this rail is the longest rail in the world. Second, it’s far reaching. It connects several different countries. Third, he likes the idea of life on a train. He thinks it would be cool to wake up in a sleeper car and go have breakfast in the dining car. Marni agrees that it would be a fascinating trip and Andy would have lots of time to drink tea.
Have you ever been in a sleeper car or a dining car? Do you think trains are fascinating?