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Lesson: Mountain Wonderland
Setting the scene:
The family departs Germany by
train. They use public transportation to various locations in the Alps. Maria welcomes
them at the train station in Zürich.
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Welcome to Switzerland, my friends. We are most pleased to greet you.
Hello, Maria. Are the computer students all
hyped for the
Ja [German for "yes"], I believe so. They are excited to learn.
Hello, Maria. it's nice to see you again. Let me introduce you to our
children, Mel and Wes.
I am pleased to know you both.
Hiya, Maria. Whaddaya
[what do you] got
fer [for] us that's exciting?
Don't let Wes rattle you, Maria.
He's just teasing.
[Laughing] The thought crossed my mind.
Wes, would you enjoy riding a mountain tram?
We might even see an Alpine ibex.
Cool, let's go!
Whadder [what are] we waiting for?
Hold your horses, son.
We have a few things to prepare.
Sorry, Mom. Sometimes I jump the gun.
Well, I understand. You're not
in the doghouse.
[They gather jackets for the cool mountain air. Maria leads the way.]
Maria, can we see the Matterhorn?
I've been itching to see it ever
since I saw the Disney movie, "Third Man on the Mountain."
Certainly. That mountain is near Zermatt. We can take a train and be there early in
the afternoon. It is a beautiful site.
That's right. Look, we're already in Thun.
I don't work on Friday. Maria already booked
us on a special ride.
[Friday morning finally arrives. The family follows Maria's directions and
they wait with a few other passengers in front of a post office.]
What are we waiting for, Dad?
The Post Bus.
I read about this in a travel magazine. It delivers the mail, but also takes passengers through
Maria and I thought you would like the ride.
gonna [going to] enjoy this.
Ditto. What else can we see on the ride?
high in the Pass.
Switzerland most definitely is a mountain wonderland! It's too bad we must leave
I agree, but won't let anyone see me with a
I plan to just coast along today.
We can visit Lake Lucerne
tomorrow prior to departure from the airport in
[The family returns to the United States for a trip to Lake Charles,
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Bayou Sea Turtle.]