F = Friend T = Tian
F You`re so lucky Tina. You travel so much with the orchestra. Where did you go last year?
T We went to New York first, then Tokyo and Rome. But it`s hard work, you know.
F I`m sure it is. I`d just love to travel to all those places. Tell me about them. What are they like?
T Well, New York`s always very exciting. It`s busy day and night � but the streets! They`re so dirty! We went there last February and it was very cold. It snowed the whole time.
F And you went to Tokyo next? What`s that like?
T Yes, we flew there at the beginning of March. It`s another very busy city. It`s very crowded. The streets are clean, but in the centre it can get quite polluted. We had big audiences, they loved the music, and I love Japanese food, so we had a good time.
F And last of all, Rome. I want to go there in the summer. Tell me about Rome. What`s it like?
T Well, we were there in May. It was beautiful. The weather was perfect and not too hot. It`s a noisy city and expensive, but it`s got all those beautiful old buildings. It`s so interesting.
F And the food! I can`t wait to try real Italian food.


Which is the most exciting?

I had a wonderful tour, but it`s always nice to come home. It`s interesting to compare the cities � Tokyo`s exciting, but, for a musician, London in more exciting than Tokyo, and of course, New York is the most exciting of all.

London is, of course, much older than New York, but it isn`t as old as Rome. Rome is the oldest city I visited. London doesn`t have as many old buildings as Rome, but it has more than both New York and Tokyo. Cities are interesting, but walking round them is very tiring. You need places to sit down. New York has Central Park. It has more parks than Tokyo, but London has the most parks. There are five in the city centre.

London is older than New York, but it isn`t as old as Rome.
I`m not as tall as you.
But I`m taller than Ann.
It`s not as cold today as it was yesterday.
But it`s colder than it was last week.
This book is more interesting than I thought. But it isn`t as interesting as the one I read last week.

Synonyms in conversation
a. Mary`s family is very rich.
Well, I knew her uncle was wealthy.
b. Look at all these new buildings!
Yes, this city`s much more modern than I expected!
c. Her boyfriend`s really good-looking.
Well, he`s certainly one of the most handsome men in the room!
d. Wasn`t that film wonderful!
Yes, it wasn`t marvelous.
e. George doesn`t earn much money, but he`s so kind.
I know. He`s very generous to both his family and his friends.
f. Her bedroom`s really untidy again.
�Is it?� I told her it was messy yesterday, and she promised to clean it.
g. Was Sarah angry when you told her?
Yes, she looked really annoyed.
h. I`m bored with this lesson!
I know. I`m really fed up with it, too!

Living in Madrid
I = Interviewer K = Kate Leigh

I Kate, you`re lived in Spain for a long time now, haven`t you?
K Mm. About eight years.
I So you know it well enough to compare living in Spain and living in London?
K Well, I can compare living in Madrid with living in London…
I Ah, yes, all right…
K …not quite the same thing.
I So what are the main differences?
K I think the first one is the time of day that things happen. People get up later, and start work later. I start at ten, and lunch time is much longer. Everything closes for about three hours. Then, at five, people go back to work.
I And what time do they finish?
K About seven or eight. Then they go out, and they go to bed incredibly late � about one or two in the morning.
I Do they have a siesta?
K No, not in Madrid. Well, only summer, because in summer work hours change because it`s so hot. Everyone works from eight thirty to three, then has lunch, then a siesta, and then goes out.
I So office hours change?
K Everything changes, on the first of June.
I For how long?
K Until the fifteenth of September.
I How did you find the differences of time when you first went out?
K Very difficult, because I was hungry all the time! I wanted to eat about eight o`clock, but eating is very different in Spain. People eat all day. They have snacks in the morning, maybe an omelette and a beer, and then have their main meal at lunchtime, and then tapas, which are lots of little dishes, in the evening.
I So that`s what do you now?
K OK, yes. I like it. The Spanish think that the English eat very little!
I And what about the people?
K Well, this is the second big difference. People live in the streets, they live much more outdoors, so you see them more, and it`s easier to get to know them.
I So you think it`s true that the English are cold?
K No, but they live differently. Madrid is a lot smaller than London, and people live in the centre. It`s not like London where people live in houses in the suburbs. In Madrid people live in flats in the centre, so it`s natural to be out on the streets most of the time.
I And how do you find living in Madrid?
K I think it`s nicer. It`s a lot cheaper, and shops are open longer. I find it safer, I can be out in the streets at all hours, and there never any problem. The family is still very important. I think people are more caring other people, if you see what I mean.
I Mm. Anything else about the people?
K Er… They are terrible drivers! There are a lot more accidents � road accidents. And this is strange, because the public transport system is very good and very cheap, but people like to use their car.
I There`s an Underground, isn`t there?
K Mm, with a flat rate fare, so you get ten tickets for about two pounds.
I That`s very good. Are you thinking of coming back to England?
K Er… sometime, but not yet! The weather much better, and I like living in a southern European atmosphere!

When you come out of school, turn left. Walk past the library and through the park until you get to the cinema. Turn left and you`ll find the bus station. Take a number 16 and get off at Blackwood � that`s B-L-A-C-K-W-O-O-D. Go under the bridge and turn right. Go to the end of the road and turn left. My house is the fourth on the right. It`s the one with the red door.