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VOCABULARY for Today's Podcast


(to) represent - (to) symbolize

emerald - a green gemstone

(the) edge  - the boundary line, the end point

tourist attractions - a place where tourists like to go

one in particular- one that we are special attention to

(to) sunbathe - (to) sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy the sunlight and maybe try to get a sun tan

in Today's Podcast

Punta Blanca



Jaramijo City

Esmeraldas City


Tarqui Parish

Manta City

The Galapagos Islands

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The Blues and Greens of Ecuador
An Audio Story

Hello!  We're really glad that you stopped by the ESL Help Desk, your home page for questions and comments about English grammar. The ESL Help Desk is based in Boston, Massachusetts and we are proud that today's episode is our sixteenth episode.  The ESL Help Desk is unique because all our examples come from authentic language spoken or written by learners of English. So now let's talk about today's episode.

The school year is almost over and people are asking each other the question, "What are you doing for vacation?" or "Are you going anywhere special this summer"?  Today we're going to present you with an essay written by Wilfrido Lopez, in which Wilfrido writes about the beauty of his native country, Ecuador.  Listen to Wilfrido's description.  Doesn't it make you want to travel there?

Before You Listen:

What colors do you think of when you think of your native country?  Why?

Look at the photographs below, and answer the questions you see.  Study the vocabulary to the left.  Have you heard of any of the places listed?

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