©BBC, David Perry
- Do you like visiting old villages? Why or why not?
- Could you tell me about your favorite vacation spot?
- picturesque /pik-chuh-RESK/
- progressive /pruh-GRES-iv/
- signal /SIG-nl/
- schedule /SKEJ-ool/
- remote /ri-MOHT/
[adjective] – (especially of a place) attractive in appearance, especially in an old-fashioned way
We visited the picturesque fishing village of Lochinver.
[adjective] – developing or happening gradually
This is a very progressive firm that uses the most modern systems.
[noun] – a series of electrical or radio waves that are sent to a radio or television in order to produce a sound, picture, or message
The weak TV signal is the source of the poor picture quality.
[noun] – a list of planned activities or things to be done showing the times or dates when they are intended to happen or be done
Let me check my schedule.
[adjective] – a remote area, house, or village is a long way from any towns or cities
In remote regions, the air is pure and the crops are free of poisonous insecticides.
Half-timbered homes; a lonely location in the wooded hinterland of eastern Germany; menacing rock pinnacles encircling the town on one side, and the surging Elbe River on the other—Schmilka has all the elements of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale from the 19th century. The picture is complete once a wicked witch is introduced. The only street in the village was naturally cobblestoned, so you have to run up and down it looking for a Wi-Fi signal. The buildings are about 200 years old, and the food and beer are made using similarly antique methods. Schmilka was a popular holiday destination 200 years ago, according to local art historian Andrea Bigge. She said, “It is again, yet it still feels like that time period.” “You have time here,” added guest-house proprietor Ansgar Rieger. “No schedules, no lists. You come to Schmilka to “do nothing.”
Technically speaking, Schmilka is not a municipality in and of itself; rather, it is the downstream outpost of the bigger town of Bad Schandau. But it’s not hard to imagine a tiny, remote country town in a park where mountain climbing and hiking are popular as a getaway for nature lovers.
- How old are the buildings in Schmika?
- Who is Andrea Bigge?
- What did Ansgar Rieger say?
- According to the article, how are food and beer made?
- Whom is Schimika popular with?
- Could you tell me about your last vacation? Please elaborate on your answer.
- Have you been to a town with old buildings around it? If so, could you tell me about it? If not, would you like to have a vacation there? Why or why not?
- If you were to travel back in time, what would you like to change in your life?
- Do you believe that Schmilka is a good vacation destination?
- Do you think Schmilk could be a nice movie setting? Why or why not?