Conversações diárias: uma viagem ao litoral de Nova Jersey

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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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A família viaja para Cape May, em Nova Jersey, e discute o que fazer lá.

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.

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

The shore [litoral; costa] is the land immediately along the edge of the sea, a lake or other large body of water.

The southern tip [extremo sul; extremidade sul] of the Jersey shore is the narrow, south end of the shore.

The Jersey shore [litoral de Nova Jersey] is the shore along the Atlantic Ocean in the state of New Jersey.

When something is “worth it,” [vale a pena] 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.

A picnic [piquenique] 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.

A historic district [distrito histórico; centro histórico] 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.

A seaside resort [resort à beira-mar] is an area, located on the coast, where tourism is a primary part of the culture and economy.

Southernmost [extremo sul; ponto mais austral] means farthest to the south.

The phrase “that is[ou seja; quer(o) dizer] is used when a person wants to give more details or be more exact about something.

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