Charming Cities Paris

Unit 18
Charming Cities : Paris

Travel Abroad/Travel strategy


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

What is Paris known about?
What is the most romantic thing to do in Paris?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. oozes  (n.) 洋溢著;滲出
Paris oozes with love.

2. Parisians (n.) 巴黎人
Parisians are known to be romantic.

3. chic  (n.) 時髦的;優雅的
Parisian women are so chic!

4. extravagant (adj.) 奢侈的,鋪張的
Paris is known for extravagant parties.

5. medieval (adj.) 中世紀的
Back in the medieval times.

6. ponder   (v.) 考慮,思考,沉思
He left to ponder on what he discovered.

7. your inner (phr.) 你內心的
Channel your inner Parisian styler.


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Paris is a city that oozes romance: beauty surrounds you wherever you go.

Despite being the fashion capital of the world, Parisians prefer to be chic and sophisticated rather than flashy or extravagant.

For art lovers, why not head over to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa up close and personal?

Or for history buffs, go see Notre-Dame, the medieval cathedral where Napoleon crowned himself emperor.

If you’d rather ponder philosophy than beauty or history, then head over to the Left Bank and let out your inner Sartre or de Beauvoir.

Or join one of the many curious tourists who venture daily into the catacombs, the underground tombs where six million Parisians have been buried.

Of course, no one would judge you if you stayed on the beaten path and enjoyed some luxury shopping on the Champs-Élysées.

It’s often said that Parisians can be a little snobby. But how would you feel if you grew up around so much culture! You’d be a snob too!


Despite being

Words like “despite” and its close cousin “in spite of” are used to link surprising or seemingly unrelated ideas.

Both can be followed by nouns or pronouns. We tend only to place gerunds after “despite,” an example of which we can see in today’s monologue: “Despite being the fashion capital of the world, Parisians prefer to be chic and sophisticated rather than flashy or extravagant.”

The fact that “despite” can be followed by a noun or a gerund is what separates it from the words “although” or “even though.” Those phrases can only be followed by clauses.

1.Despite being the tallest in the class, Mary is actually the youngest.

2.Despite having left late, we still managed to make it on time.

3.Despite creating so much value for the company, Mark’s contract was not renewed.



Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.What can you do in Paris in 7 days?
2.Would you like to choose a country where you would like to live?