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As I mentioned in the introductory lesson on the topic of English for travelling, you will need to describe your city to your visitor(s) at some point, preferably early in the invitation stage. You need to talk about what the place offers in a passionate way, so that your guests will sense the attraction.
I think the best of the places I travelled to last year was Denmark, and I stopped with a friend of mine in the capital, Copenhagen.
I suggest let’s take this example of a description of this lovely city:
"Come and be charmed by Copenhagen, Northern Europe’s cosiest capital, packed with cafés, shops and the best restaurants in Scandinavia. From the winding streets of the beautiful old town and grand royal palaces to the city’s cutting-edge buildings and attractions, Copenhagen is the perfect blend of old world and new. Hop on a bike or stroll the city on foot and take in its laid-back atmosphere and effortless sense of style."
Now, let’s decompose it, for you to realise the structure it has, so you could then use that structure in your own description of a place:
And this is it, my friends… but how poetically beautiful is it put forth to you – would you not feel the urge to go and visit Copenhagen?
Try your hand at paraphrasing this description. Take the example below, where I replaced all the elements in the original text my words and I built a similar piece, inviting you to visit the resort of Mojácar, in the south of Spain.
I am really glad to see that some of our members have actually read the e-zine including this lesson by the following day of publishing it and one member also sent back the description of his city in China.
Gung is one of our advanced self-taught students, who always dares sharing his ideas in his own words, so his present contribution is not a paraphrasing of the above text. We shall all accept the mistakes in the piece and I shall post a correction of it (in a constructive manner) at a later stage, for all to learn from this exercise. Until then - well done you!
"My city is a very dirty one where you can see what a dirty city in the world through your eyes, where you can almost see every one spit everywhere.
I tell your about these don't mean here the city is not worth your to come here for a short looking or visiting. It is very worth to visit though, by contraries. Just like a perfect film in which have beautiful views and beautiful actors but at same time have also dirty corners and ugly actors.
Einstein's theory of relativity will be very useful for yours when you
come here especially you have been thinking your there is not good than
others. So, I believe the city still can leave a deep impression after
your visiting, lol.
The city can as a very good teaching material by negative example for travelling and for visitors."
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