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Stage 10

Time out in Barcelona

1 . Qual foi a cidade mais interessante que você já visitou? O que torna uma cidade interessante? Na sua opinião, qual a cidade mais interessante do Brasil?

2 . Leia o artigo sobre Barcelona. Observe o comparativo e o superlativo dos adjetivos no texto. Consulte as palavras que você não conhece no Word Bank no final do post.

Visit Barcelona!

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It is not as big as Madrid, but it is thought by many people to be the liveliest and most cosmopolitan of Spain’s cities. The harbour area is becoming as famous as San Francisco’s and Sydney’s. More people visited Barcelona in 2002 than any other Spanish city.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and it has its own language – Catalan. Most Catalans speak Spanish as well as Catalan. However, Catalan is considered to be more difficult to speak. But don’t worry, you can usually find someone who speaks English, French or German.

What to do in Barcelona

A ‘must see’ is the Sagrada Familia. This church, designed by Gaudi, is the most famous building in Barcelona.

For music-lovers, Barcelona has one of the biggest opera houses in the world. Only the Sydney Opera House is bigger.

If you are going with children, don’t miss the aquarium, which has some really wonderful fish. It’s not the cheapest place to go, but the kids will love it.

If you get hungry, you can choose from Catalan or Spanish food or food from further away – North Africa. Most restaurants have a fixed, daily menu. Prices range from € 6–12. This is cheaper than most modern capital cities. The least expensive places to eat are tapas bars. They serve snacks and drinks. Going to a tapas bar is one of the loveliest ways to spend an hour or two.

And the weather…

Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The average temperature is 15°C in winter and 24°C in summer. The coldest months are usually December and January; the hottest are July and August.

Do you know?

É comum dizer que um lugar (p.ex.: Barcelona) enjoys alguma coisa – um clima ou uma vida cultural animada. Porém, algo inanimado como uma cidade não pode curtir nada, isso é apenas um modo de dizer o que as pessoas da cidade curtem ou gostam de fazer.

3 . Complete a tabela abaixo com adjetivos do texto sobre Barcelona.

4 . Observe a tabela que compara três cidades espanholas – Madri, Barcelona e Sevilha. Em seguida, leia as frases e escolha a opção correta em itálico.

1 Madrid has a larger / smaller population than Barcelona.

2 Barcelona has a higher / lower average winter temperature than Seville.

3 Madrid is warmer / colder than Barcelona in the winter.

4 Seville is the coolest / hottest city in the summer.

5 Madrid is the coldest / warmest city in the winter.

6 Madrid has more / less annual rainfall than Barcelona.

7 Barcelona is drier / wetter than both Madrid and Seville.

20 minutes+

Leia o artigo sobre Barcelona novamente e preencha as lacunas com o comparativo ou com o superlativo dos adjetivos entre parênteses.

1 Barcelona is ……………………… (small) than Madrid.

2 Spanish is ……………………… (difficult) to speak than Catalan.

3 Tapas bars are ……………………… (expensive) than most restaurants.

4 The world’s ……………………… (big) opera house is in Sydney.

5 The ……………………… (famous) building in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia.


Word Bank

aquarium (substantivo) = aquário

average (adjetivo) = médio

capital (substantivo) = capital

cosmopolitan (adjetivo) = cosmopolita

famous (adjetivo) = famoso

fixed menu (substantivo) = menu fechado

lively (adjetivo) = cheio de vida, animado

opera house (substantivo) = ópera

population (substantivo) = população

rainfall (substantivo) = chuva

temperature (substantivo) = temperatura


Respostas:

Exercício 3

Regular adjectives:

hot / hotter / hottest

cheap / cheaper / cheapest

cold / colder / coldest

lively / livelier / liveliest

Longer adjectives:

cosmopolitan / more cosmopolitan / most cosmopolitan

difficult / more difficult / most difficult

expensive / less expensive / least expensive

Exercício 4

1 larger

2 lower

3 colder

4 hottest

5 coldest

6 less

7 wetter

20 minutes+

1 smaller

2 less difficult

3 less expensive

4 biggest

5 most famous