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Neste diálogo, a família planeja visitar o Kentucky Derby (também conhecido como Derby de Kentucky), corrida de cavalos em Louisville, Kentucky. Paul conversa com a concierge no hotel a respeito de como comprar ingressos.

Concierge: May I help you?

Paul: Yes. We would like to go to the Kentucky Derby. Where can we buy tickets?

Concierge: You can buy the tickets online or at the gate on the day of the Derby. It’s cheaper to buy them online.

Paul: Thank you. This is our first time. Do you have any advice for us about the Derby?

Concierge: The weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for hot weather or rain or cool weather.

Paul: The actual Derby race is later in the day. Should we go early and see the other races?

Concierge: Yes, I recommend it. Take advantage of being there, and see some other races.

Paul: Great. We will. And is there any special food or drink to have at the event?

Concierge: The event is famous for the mint julep. And if this is your first time visiting the South, then you might want to try some garlic cheese grits.

Paul: Thank you for all of your help.

Agora vamos rever o vocabulário.

A horse race [corrida de cavalos] is an event in which people race on horses, often to win money. People sometimes bet on which horse will win the race. The Kentucky Derby [nome do festival onde ocorre uma corrida de cavalos anual] is a large horse race that is held every year. The length of this race is 1.25 miles (2 kilometers).

A concierge [concierge] is an employee at a hotel. This person’s job is to help guests by providing information and arranging things, such as restaurant reservations, theater tickets, etc.

In this conversation, the gate [portão] is the area which people pass through to enter the event area. At the gate, people buy and/or show their tickets to enter.

Unpredictable [imprevisível] means happening in a way that is not expected. When something is unpredictable, you do not know in advance what will happen or what something will be like.

To take advantage of [aproveitar] something means to use something in a way that helps you and to make good use of something.

A mint julep [coquetel de hortelã, açúcar, uísque e gelo] is a drink made with bourbon (a type of alcohol), sugar, mint and ice.

The South [Sul] refers to the southern part of the United States.

Grits [quirera de milho cozida preparada de várias maneiras] is a dish that is made of a type of ground corn. It is often eaten for breakfast or as part of a meal, especially in the South.

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