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Neste diálogo, a família conversa sobre fazer uma caminhada em New Hampshire.
Claudine: There was so much news about the New Hampshire primary during this election year, and now we are here.
Gina: Well, what we’re going to do here is quite different from the primary. We’re going hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Sam: We’re not hiking the entire New Hampshire section of the trail, are we?
Paul: Of course not. We’re just hiking for a few hours. Then, tomorrow we’ll drive up Mount Washington.
Gina: Let’s make sure we have snacks and water for the hike.
Claudine: Should we bring a compass and a map? What if there’s no service on the trail?
Gina: Good idea. We don’t want to get stranded in the middle of the woods!
Agora vamos rever o vocabulário
A primary (or primary election) [primária; eleição primária] is a preliminary election that helps decrease the number of candidates, or people running for a political position, before a major election, especially a presidential one.
The term election year [ano eleitoral] usually refers to a year in which a U.S. presidential election takes place. U.S. presidential elections are held every four years.
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) [trilha dos Montes Apalaches] is a hiking trail in the eastern part of the U.S. It goes from the state of Georgia to the state of Maine. The trail is approximately 3,500 kilometers long.
When Sam asks, “We’re not hiking the entire New Hampshire section of the trail, are we?“ [A gente não vai fazer uma caminhada por toda a parte da trilha que fica em New Hampshire, né?] he uses a tag question. A tag question is a special construction in English. It is a statement followed by a short question, such as right?, isn’t it?, are we?. People usually use tag questions to ask for confirmation.
Mount Washington [Monte Washington] is the highest mountain peak in the northeastern U.S. It is 1,917 meters high.
A compass [bússola] is an instrument used to find direction, with a needle that always points north.
In this context, no service [sem sinal de celular] means no cellular service, meaning that cellphones (also called mobile phones) do not work in that area.
The verb to strand [encalhar] is usually used as be stranded. To be stranded [ficar preso, encalhado] means to be in a place without a way of leaving it. In this conversation, “we don’t want to get stranded in the middle of the woods” means that the speakers do not want to lose their way in the woods and then not be able to find their way out or communicate with someone to come get them.
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