Parks and gardens
Do you like going to parks? When was the last time you went to a park? Are there any parks where you live? Should parks be free for people?
Vocabulary
  • Be past it (idiom) - to be too old to do something.
  • Stroll (noun) - a slow relaxed walk, especially for pleasure.
  • Weather permitting - if the weather is good enough to allow it.
  • Lead (noun) - a piece of rope, chain, etc. tied to an animal, especially to a dog at its collar when taking it for a walk.
  • Refreshing (adj.) - making you feel less hot or tired.
  • Secluded (adj.) - quiet, private, and not near people, roads, or buildings.
  • Safari park (noun) - a large park where wild animals are kept and can move freely, and can be watched by visitors driving through in their cars.
  • Green space (noun) - space consisting of land (such as parks) rather than buildings.
Questions and answers
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M: Would you like to play in a public garden or a park?

R: Well, I think I'm a bit past that now, don't you think? I used to like doing it when I was younger, and we would go there all the time. But now I'm almost never in the park unless it's taking the dog for a walk or going for a stroll.

M: Do you like going to parks?

R: I'm not opposed to them, weather permitting. Although these days I usually don't have time for it.

M: What do you like to do when you visit a park?

R: Well, if I have one, then letting the dog off the lead and watching other animals or children playing is quite pleasant. If it's near the sea, it's also possible to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing and the smell of salt in the air.

M: When was the last time you went to a park?

R: Oh, probably last weekend, I took the dog for a walk in the park just outside our house. It stretches along the seafront. The weather wasn't the best, sadly. Though, the walk was quite refreshing. So that's good.

M: Will you go to parks more often in the future?

R: I imagine so. Though, I don't have any set plans to go to any. If I had to pick one, it might be the National Park north of where I live. It's quite secluded out there. But I quite like the quiet in that sense, so that should do quite well. Oh, we have a safari park as well, which is quite cool. Although that's further away.

M: Are there any parks where you live?

R: Well, like I said, there's one like, right outside my house next to the public gardens. Although by contrast, it's just one big open green space, whereas the public gardens are a bit more, well, well decorated.

M: Should parks be free for people?
R: Well, I think they all are where I'm from, unless it's something specialist like that safari park I mentioned, for example. Though, like I say that one is about an hour away. And I can't imagine the animals would be very happy in the weather, to be honest. So I don't know if it's worth paying to go right now.

M: Rory, thank you so much for your lovely answers!

R: That's okay.
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