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Academic English

“Tour of Kyoto, Japan”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate travel and tourism man 01:57

Pre-Listening Exercise

Imagine you are going on a bus tour of a famous city like Kyoto, Japan. What general places do you think you would visit? What things would the tour guide point out about a famous landmark (for example, the date of its construction)?


“take in” = attend a movie, concert, or play
Why don’t we take in a traditional Japanese play while we’re in the city?

“for a song” = very cheaply
We were able to buy these Japanese dolls for a song.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Are there any sightseeing tours available in your home city? If so, where would they take a visitor to your city? Pretend you are the tour guide hosting exchange students in your city. What details about the city would you share with your guests? What would be the best way to see your city: on foot, by bicycle, by bus, or by taxi?

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