Conversations en anglais : en route pour les plages du New Jersey [audio]

Des vacanciers, à pied et à vélo, sur une promenade en bois (Nathan Siemers via Flickr)
(Nathan Siemers via Flickr)

Cette série de conversations en anglais suit une famille qui part en voyage aux États-Unis. Allez avec elle à la découverte des passe-temps et de l’histoire associés aux lieux qu’elle visite. Ces conversations s’adressent à des personnes ayant un niveau d’anglais intermédiaire, voire plus avancé.

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Dans cette conversation, la famille se rend à Cape May, au New Jersey, et parle des attractions de cette station balnéaire.

Cliquez sur le lien audio et écoutez la conversation tout en la lisant ci-dessous. Les mots importants sont expliqués à la fin, en anglais, de façon à favoriser une immersion totale dans la langue. Certains sont suivis d’une brève traduction ou explication en français.

Paul: That was a long drive down from Maine. I didn’t know we were going to the southern tip of the Jersey shore.

Gina: Cape May is a beautiful place, so it’s worth it. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach. We can pack a picnic and spend the entire day there tomorrow.

Claudine: And can we also go to the Cape May historic district? It’s the country’s oldest seaside resort. Plus, it’s the southernmost point in New Jersey.

Paul: That sounds like a great idea. I’ve read that there are a lot of Victorian homes around here, so I’d like to drive around and see some of the architecture — after a couple of days at the beach, that is.

Un peu de vocabulaire

The shore is the land immediately along the edge of the sea, a lake or other large body of water. (Rivage ; littoral)

The southern tip of the Jersey shore is the narrow, south end of the shore. (La pointe sud)

The Jersey shore is the shore along the Atlantic Ocean in the state of New Jersey. (Le littoral du New Jersey)

When something is “worth it,” it is enjoyable or useful even though you had to make an effort. In the conversation, even though there was a long drive, the effort of getting to Cape May is “worth it” because it is so beautiful. (Valoir la peine, valoir le coup)

A picnic is a meal that is eaten outdoors, especially on a trip away from home. To pack a picnic means to put the food into containers like an insulated bag so that it can be taken to another place to eat. Often in the U.S., people have picnics at special picnic tables or on blankets that are placed on the ground. (Pique-nique)

A historic district is a group of buildings or sites that are important because of their history and/or architecture, or the style and design of a building. (Quartier historique)

A seaside resort is an area, located on the coast, where tourism is a primary part of the culture and economy. (Station balnéaire)

Southernmost means farthest to the south. (Point le plus au sud)

The phrase “that is” is used when a person wants to give more details or be more exact about something. (C’est-à-dire)

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