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What is London like at Christmas?
燕山大学 刘立军 宋葳 编写
◆TRANSCRIPT


London is an amazing place all year round, but at Christmas it is just unbelievably beautiful. The lights, the displays, the atmosphere, it really is breath-taking. It's this crazy, busy city for 11 months of the year, but when December comes along you can see all of the busy Londoners making time to take a step back from their routine and just appreciating what the city has to offer. One of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas is buying amazing gifts for my loved ones. One thing I love doing is window shopping. I'll spend an afternoon looking at all the window displays without really buying anything, just trying to gather ideas and inspiration.

London is so great for shopping. The most famous street is Oxford Street but I really like Kings Road as well. The luxury brands really compete with each other. Some of them are pretty impressive. Another lovely place to visit in London at Christmas time is Covent Garden, the centre of which used to be a fruit and vegetable market and then in the 1980s it changed to a shopping centre. There are lots of lovely little shops and you can also see some street performers if you go at the right time. I enjoy heading down south of the river and appreciating the views of the river Thames from one of London's many bridges. It really does make me feel very, very, very small in such a big city. One of my favourite lunch spots is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the whole of London - Borough Market. In 2014, it celebrated its thousandth birthday. If you do head over to Borough Market, don't forget to try some of the hot cider, perfect to warm you up on a cold day.

So that was a little taste of my beautiful city at Christmas time, and I'd love to hear your recommendations. Bye for now.

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◆VOCABULARY

1. breath-taking = take sb.'s breath away: to be very surprising or beautiful 令人惊叹;让人叹绝
○My first view of the island from the air took my breath away. 我第一次从空中看到这个岛时,叹赏不已。
○The views are literally breath-taking. 景色美得简直让人窒息。

2. inspiration (不可数名词) inspiration (to do sth.) | inspiration (for sth.) the process that takes place when sb. sees or hears sth. that causes them to have exciting new ideas or makes them want to create sth., especially in art, music or literature 灵感。例如:
○Dreams can be a rich source of inspiration for an artist. 梦境可以成为艺术家灵感的丰富源泉。
○Both poets drew their inspiration from the countryside. 两位诗人都是从乡村得到他们的灵感。
○Looking for inspiration for a new dessert? Try this recipe. 正在寻找制作新式甜食的灵感吗?试试这份食谱吧。

3. impressive adj. (of things or people 事物或人) making you feel admiration, because they are very large, good, skilful, etc. 令人赞叹的;令人敬佩的。例如:
○an impressive building with a huge tower有高塔的壮观建筑
○an impressive performance令人难忘的演出
○one of the most impressive novels of recent years近年来给人印象最深的小说之一
○She was very impressive in the interview. 她在面试中表现得十分出色。

◆QUESTIONS

Listen to the audio and fill in the gaps in the script.


London is an amazing place all year round, but at Christmas it is just (Q1) __________________ beautiful. The lights, the displays, the atmosphere, it really is breath-taking. It's this (Q2) __________________, busy city for 11 months of the year, but when (Q3) ____________________ comes along you can see all of the busy Londoners making time to take a step back from their routine and just (Q4) ___________________________ what the city has to offer. One of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas is buying amazing gifts for my (Q5) ____________________ ones. One thing I love doing is (Q6) ________________________________. I'll spend an afternoon looking at all the window displays without really buying anything, just trying to gather ideas and (Q7) _________________________.

London is so great for (Q8) ______________________________. The most famous street is Oxford Street but I really like Kings Road as well. The luxury brands really compete with each other. Some of them are pretty impressive. Another lovely place to visit in London at Christmas time is Covent Garden, the centre of which used to be a fruit and vegetable (Q9) ________________________ and then in the 1980s it changed to a shopping centre. There are lots of lovely little shops and you can also see some street (Q10) ____________________ if you go at the right time. I enjoy heading down south of the river and appreciating the views of the river Thames from one of London's many (Q11) ________________________. It really does make me feel very, very, very small in such a big city. One of my favourite lunch spots is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the whole of London - Borough Market. In 2014, it (Q12) _______________ its thousandth birthday. If you do head over to Borough Market, don't forget to try some of the hot cider, perfect to (Q13) ___________________ you _______________on a cold day.

So that was a little (Q14) ____________________ of my beautiful city at Christmas time, and I'd love to hear your (Q15) _________________________________. Bye for now.

◆KEY

London is an amazing place all year round, but at Christmas it is just (Q1) unbelievably beautiful. The lights, the displays, the atmosphere, it really is breath-taking. It's this (Q2) crazy, busy city for 11 months of the year, but when (Q3) December comes along you can see all of the busy Londoners making time to take a step back from their routine and just (Q4) appreciating what the city has to offer. One of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas is buying amazing gifts for my (Q5) loved ones. One thing I love doing is (Q6) window shopping. I'll spend an afternoon looking at all the window displays without really buying anything, just trying to gather ideas and (Q7) inspiration.

London is so great for (Q8) shopping. The most famous street is Oxford Street but I really like Kings Road as well. The luxury brands really compete with each other. Some of them are pretty impressive. Another lovely place to visit in London at Christmas time is Covent Garden, the centre of which used to be a fruit and vegetable (Q9) market and then in the 1980s it changed to a shopping centre. There are lots of lovely little shops and you can also see some street (Q10) performers if you go at the right time. I enjoy heading down south of the river and appreciating the views of the river Thames from one of London's many (Q11) bridges. It really does make me feel very, very, very small in such a big city. One of my favourite lunch spots is one of the largest and oldest food markets in the whole of London - Borough Market. In 2014, it (Q12) celebrated its thousandth birthday. If you do head over to Borough Market, don't forget to try some of the hot cider, perfect to (Q13) warm you up on a cold day.

So that was a little (Q14) taste of my beautiful city at Christmas time, and I'd love to hear your (Q15) recommendations. Bye for now.
 

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