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Trans-Siberian Railroad
Jan 11 2017

Trans-Siberian Railroad

Intro 简介

Do you want to travel abroad? Maybe, you want to visit the Great Wall of China. Maybe, you want to see Egypt’s Pyramids. Or maybe, you hope to ride on the impressive Trans-Siberian Railroad, the longest rail in the world. This historic railroad was built over a hundred years ago and is 9,289 km long!

It takes seven days to travel from Moscow, Russia, to Vladivostok, Russia. That’s a long time to travel. You can enjoy good meals in the dining car. You can talk to fascinating people. And when you’re tired, there’s always the sleeper car. If you want extra adventure, you can also take the train through Mongolia and China.

Marni is a bit taken aback that Andy would rather travel on a Russian train than on Amtrak. Listen to this English lesson to find out why he thinks the Trans-Siberian Railroad is so far reaching.

Dialogue 对话

Andy_H:  Chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga… Hey, Marni!

Marni:  Yes?

Andy_H:  Guess where I want to go.

Marni:  On a train, according to the sound effects.

Andy_H:  That train being the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Let me tell you, this rail is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

Marni:  OK, I mean, I’m a little taken aback. I would have thought Amtrak, but you’re thinking more abroad.

Andy_H:  You have to think about something as historic and as far reaching as the Trans-Siberian Railroad. This is a railroad that goes west to east, all the way to China. That means that you can go on a train in the middle of Europe and end in the middle of mainland China. Just that trip alone seems wonderful.

Marni:  It does sound fascinating. I mean, it’s the longest rail in the whole world. If you were literally riding the whole thing, I mean, that’s going to be a long trip.

Andy_H:  It’s really impressive. Not to mention that you get the awesome experience of being on a train, going to the dining car, going to the sleeper car. And apparently, the thing that you always do on a train is drink tea.

Marni:  Ah! Well, cheerio.

Andy_H:  Cheerio!

Quiz 测验

  1. What sound does a train make in English?

  2. What is NOT true about the Trans-Siberian Railroad?

  3. If someone is surprised or shocked, they are __.

  4. This is the best hamburger __.