異文化ディスカッション (76) Traveling in Russia

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ロシア出身のエレイナとアンドレイをお迎えしての「異文化ディスカッション」第2回をお届けします。今回の話題は「ロシアのおすすめ観光スポット」。

「異文化ディスカッション」では、広島大学に学ぶ留学生をゲストに招き、東広島での学生生活や、身近な話題について、英語で話してもらいます。
聞き手:Joe Lauer(広島大学外国語教育研究センタ―)

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Good Tourist Spots in Russia

Andrei
= a man’s name (Note: Actually, Joe misspoke here. “Andrea” is a woman’s name in some countries.)

a secret
= a key to success, 秘訣

brilliant
= intelligent, excellent, exciting

“Friends”
= a 2017 movie, and a long-running American TV series which is now available on DVD

Orenburg
= Elena’s hometown. A Russian city close to the board with Kazakhstan, about 1,500 km. south of Moscow. It has a population about half that of Hiroshima City. The Ural River goes through the city, with one side of the river being in Asia, and the other side being in Europe. A beautiful bridge only for pedestrians (歩行者)crosses the river.

The Dead Sea
= a large body of water between Israel and Jordan. It is almost 10 times saltier per liter than the Pacific Ocean.

Sol’-lletsk
= a small town near Orenburg, featuring a large salty lake called “Razval.” It’s saltiness is similar to that of the Dead Sea. The mineral waters and salt in the public baths nearby are said to be good for the skin.

to float
= 浮かぶ

Sochi
= a city located on the Black Sea. The 2014 Winter Olympics took place in the mountains nearby. But the city itself has a warm climate, so tourists like to go there for the beaches even in winter.

to be renovated
= to be remodeled and built in a new style

a funicular
= a cable car

St. Petersburg
= the second largest city in Russia, with 6 million people. It is a port on the Baltic Sea. It is also known as Russia’s cultural capital, because of its fine museums and international atmosphere.

practically all
= almost all

Russia’s Golden Ring
= eight cities near Moscow, featuring historical spots, nature, tasty Russian food, and more. Some of the cities are Yuriev-Polsky, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, and Vladimir.

Moscow
= the capitol with over 13 million people.

Red Square
= the central place in Moscow next to the Kremlin (government headquarters). The square also has a very popular ice skating rink.

Kaliningrad
= a city on the Baltic Sea with a lot of history and a little less than 500,000 people.

Soviet heritage
= culture from the 20th century’s Soviet Union.

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