Learn English in Hong Kong – Travelling in China

Learn English in Hong Kong - Travelling in China

Todd: OK, Phil, you just got back from living in China.

Phil: Yeah, I lived in China about two years ago.

Todd: Wow. What was China like? Do you understand the Chinese language?

Phil: No I only understand English. China was an eye-opener. It’s a very old culture, but there’s not many new, there’s not many old things around in China, through wars, through the cultural revolution, a lot of stuff’s been burnt, a lot of stuff just’s been knocked down. One of the few old things that is there is the Great Wall of China. It’s very famous this wall, very big. They are doing some efforts to try and build the wall up again, but when I was there, I believe it was August 2002 it was still mostly old stuff.

Todd: Yeah, what else did you see in China?

Phil: Ah, I went to Xian and I saw the Terra-cotta warriors. Terra-cotta warriors were discovered shortly after Mao died in the late 70’s by a farmer who was digging a well, and he was digging this well and he found all these stone warriors, literally hundreds of them, and it’s a national treasure now.

Todd: Wow! That’s fascinating.

Phil: Yeah, it’s really an impressive thing to see. Those are the two really old man-made things that I saw in China.

Todd: Was there anything else that was really spectacular?

Phil: The Three Gorges tour was really good. Sadly they are all under water now because of the dam project, but I was able to go shortly before it was flooded and really, really enjoyed it. Saw a lot of beautiful things. Surprisingly enough the water was a lot cleaner than I thought and I actually went swimming in it.

Todd: Oh, cool.

Phil: Yeah, for, this is the Yangzhe River in China and if you’ve ever seen the Yangzhe, most parts of it, you certainly wouldn’t want to swim in it, but these parts were pristine.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


China was an eye-opener.

An ‘eye-opener’ is a surprising or shocking experience. The phrase refers to when you open your eyes really wide if you are surprised. Notice the following:

Living with him was an eye-opener to his real personality.

Although the vacation was relaxing, it was also an eye-opener.

knock down

A lot has been knocked down.

To ‘knock something down’ is to destroy it until there is nothing left. This is when construction companies hit a building with a big heavy ball. Notice the following:

My brother knocked down my sand castle.

The office building was almost completely knocked down by the hurricane.


Wow! That’s fascinating.

Something that is very interesting is ‘fascinating.’ Notice the following:

This book that I’m reading is absolutely fascinating.

Don’t you think that archaeology is fascinating?


Those are the two really old man-made things I saw in China.

Something that is ‘man-made’ is not natural and has been built or constructed by humans. Notice the following:

The man-made bridge was very difficult engineering accomplishment.

Is the lake natural or man-made?


These parts of the Yangtze were pristine.

If a place is ‘pristine’ it is pure, natural and people have not changed it. Notice the following:

The scenery was so pristine that you felt like you were in a painting.

Behind the house there is a huge pristine woods.

English lesson in Hong Kong – Traveling in China in Jiayuguan Pass

English Course Hong Kong – My Favorite Food

English Course Hong Kong - My Favorite Food

Ron: Hi, I’m Ron from Hawaii. I’m here with Mari from Japan. Today we’re gonna be talking about food. So Mari, what’s your favorite cuisine?

Mari: I think I like American and English food.

Ron: What type of American food? What about Chinese food?

Mari: I like hamburgers.

Ron: Hamburgers. Is that your favorite dish as well?

Mari: That is my favorite dish. My favorite hamburger place is right near where I went to university and they have this hamburger called the Danish Burger, and the Danish Burger has blue cheese inside the hamburger, so I love … my favorite dish has to be the Danish Burger.

Ron: Do you like any side things like french fries with your hamburger?

Mari: I love french fries but I know that eating hamburger and french fries is a little bit unhealthy so I always replace the french fries for a salad.

Ron: A salad. OK. What about dessert? What’s your favorite dessert?

Mari: My favorite dessert has to be chocolate cake.

Ron: Chocolate cake. Anything else? Do you like to eat it with anything?

Mari: No, I like chocolate cake by itself. Anything else? I like brownie sundaes, like brownies and choc … brownies with vanilla ice-cream. I guess my favorite dessert is anything chocolaty.

Ron: Sounds good. So before you said you like to eat a salad. What type of salad, what type of vegetables do you like?

Mari: I like all vegetables. I like them cooked or raw but I don’t like raw onions.

Ron: Not raw onions.

Mari: I really can’t eat onions raw. That’s probably the only vegetable I can’t eat raw.

Ron: That’s interesting. Thanks Mari.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


What’s your favorite cuisine?

‘Cuisine’ talks about a style of cooking or kinds of food from different countries. Note the following:

Thai cuisine is too spicy for me.

I prefer Italian to French cuisine.

side things

Do you like any side things like french fries with your hamburger?

A side thing or side dish is a small amount of food serverd with the main course. Note the following:

I never order side things like fries, just burgers.

The set includes side things like soup and salad.


I always replace the french fries for a salad.

At a restaurant we can sometimes change one dish for another. Note the following:

Can I replace the soup with a salad?

It’s time to replace the battery in my watch.

has to be

My favorite dessert has to be chocolate cake.

‘Has to be’ is simlar in meaning to ‘must be’. Note the following:

The greatest golfer ever has to be Tiger Woods.

Whoa! It has to be the hottest day of the year.


I really can’t eat onions raw.

‘Raw’ means not cooked. Note the following:

Sushi is basically raw fish.

Raw vegetables are healthier than cooked vegetables.

Do you know what these Chinese food mean during CNY?