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 visite la baie de Chesapeake au Maryland et parle des merveilles naturelles de l’État.

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Sam: We made it to Maryland. Now we’re just a short trip away from visiting the White House.

Gina: True, but there’s a lot to see here. The Chesapeake Bay is an incredible, complex ecosystem.

Paul: That’s right. It includes important habitats. The bay and its rivers, wetlands, and forests are home to diverse groups of plants and animals.

Sam: I’m still disappointed we didn’t see any moose in Maine. I’m assuming there are no moose here. So what types of creatures can we see here?

Gina: There are so many different types of fish. Plus, we’ll most likely see crabs. Maryland is famous for blue crabs.

Claudine: Anything cuter than crabs and fish?

Paul: It’s likely we’ll see deer and squirrels, and we might see rabbits and foxes too.

Gina: And I’m hoping we don’t see a black bear.

Un peu de vocabulaire

The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary in the state of Maryland. An estuary is a semi-enclosed body of water. It is a place where freshwater (from streams and rivers) flows into the ocean and mixes with seawater. (Baie de Chesapeake)

Complex means made of many different things that connect in complicated ways.

An ecosystem is everything that exists in a particular environment, including living things (such as plants and animals) and things that are not living (such as rocks, soil, sunlight and water).

A habitat is a place where a particular type of animal or plant normally lives or grows.

Wetlands are an area of land that is covered with shallow water. Although wetland is a countable noun, it is usually used in the plural form, wetlands. (Zones humides)

Diverse means varied; made up of many people or things that are different from one another. (Varié)

Assume means to think that something is true without knowing for sure that it is true. (Présumer)

A creature is a living thing, such as an animal.

Chesapeake blue crab is a species of crab found in the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. (Crabe bleu de la baie de Chesapeake)

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