Esta série Conversações Diárias é sobre uma família em viagem pelos 50 estados dos EUA. Junte-se a eles à medida que vão conhecendo as atividades de lazer e a história de cada lugar. Essas conversas são para alunos de inglês de nível intermediário ou superior.
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Neste diálogo, a família visita a Universidade de Harvard e depois faz planos para dirigir até uma outra área histórica de Massachusetts.
Claudine: I can’t believe I’m standing in the middle of Harvard Yard. This is the oldest part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S.
Sam: Harvard University is definitely recognized around the world.
Paul: Yes, but did you know that the university was established not too many years after Plymouth Colony was founded?
Sam: And that was the colony founded by the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower, right?
Gina: That’s right. And it’s not too far from here, so we’ll drive there next. There’s a lot of history to soak up in Massachusetts.
Claudine: Well, let me soak up all I can about Harvard first.
Agora vamos rever o vocabulário.
Harvard Yard [Parque de Harvard] is a large grassy area enclosed by fences on the Harvard University campus. It is the oldest part of the campus.
An institution of higher learning [instituição de ensino superior] is a college or university.
In the context of the conversation, recognized [reconhecida] means to be known.
Establish [criar, estabelecer, fundar] means to create or start an organization that is meant to last a long time.
Plymouth Colony [Colônia de Plymouth] was an area in Massachusetts that was formed by people (later called Pilgrims) who came to the New World from England. It existed from 1620 to 1691. The New World is used to talk about North America, Central America and South America, especially in the past.
To found [fundar] means to be the first to start building and living in a town (or country). Plymouth Colony was founded in 1620.
The Pilgrims [peregrinos] were the people who traveled by boat from England to America and started a colony in what became Massachusetts.
The Mayflower is the name of the ship on which a group of people traveled from England to America in 1620.
To soak up [mergulhar] means to spend time experiencing something; to learn a lot of information in a short amount of time.
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