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Neste diálogo, a família viaja para Nova Orleans, na Louisiana e desfruta dos principais atrativos locais: culinária, música e arquitetura

Paul: We’ll take a ghost tour tonight in the French Quarter, so let’s figure out what we want to do until then.

Claudine: I’d like to walk around and admire the architecture. I love the large balconies that so many of these houses have.

Gina: And after that, we should go to a restaurant known for its jambalaya.

Sam: Can we go to a restaurant that also has a live jazz band?

Paul: Of course. We can’t visit the birthplace of jazz without seeing live jazz.

Agora vamos rever o vocabulário.

New Orleans [Nova Orleans] is a port city and the largest city in Louisiana. It has a unique culture that comes from the mix of European, African and Native American cultures.

A ghost tour [tour fantasmagórico] is a guided walk around a town, building, etc., to learn about the stories of ghosts in the area. A ghost is the spirit of a dead person that a living person believes he can see or hear.

The French Quarter [Bairro Francês] is the oldest neighborhood of New Orleans. Many tourists visit this area of New Orleans.

In this context, the phrasal verb figure out [decidir; pensar em alguma solução] means to decide something.

Architecture [arquitetura] is the design or style of buildings.

A balcony [sacada] is a platform that is built onto the side of a building, off the ground, and that has a wall or rail around it.

To be known for [ser conhecido por] something means that someone or something has a particular quality or feature that many people know about.

Jambalaya is a spicy dish of meat, seafood and vegetables mixed with rice. It is a Louisiana Creole dish that is similar to rice dishes from France and Spain.

Jazz is a style of music that started in the African-American communities in New Orleans in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has strong rhythms, and musicians often make up the music as they play it. New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz [berço do jazz] because it is where jazz began.

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