New York City

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Midtown Manhattan on a sunny day.

New York is divided into five boroughs. They are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. Manhattan is the most well-known of them, notably for its tourist attractions and busy city life.

The population of the city is eight and a half million, making it the largest city in America. The metropolitan area, though, which encompasses parts of the adjacent states of Connecticut and New Jersey, has 20.3 million inhabitants, one of the largest on Earth.
With a vibrant economy, New York is the leading city on the planet. It is the only one of two cities whose gross domestic product surpasses a trillion dollars–the other being Tokyo. No wonder why it is home to the most millionaires and billionaires in the world.
Before the Covid–19 pandemic, over 60 million tourists visited the city yearly, an average of 1.25 million a week, or almost 180,000 a day. To get around, most tourists and residents use NYC’s subway, one of the largest, most efficient of all modern, large cities. It is so efficient that it gets you to your destination faster than a car.
DICTION ADDICTION–English Classes for Speakers of Portuguese
Midtown Manhattan on a sunny day.
Empire State Building with One World in the background.
Statue of Liberty.
John F. Kennedy Airport
The Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan.
The subway map of the City of New York.
The beach at Jacob Riis Park in Far Rockaway, Queens
A beautiful street in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Promenade with Lower Manhattan in the background.
VOCABULARY FOR THIS TEXT
to divide – divided – divided = dividir – dividia – dividido
into = em
boroughs = grande divisão de uma cidade/zona
the most = o mais
well-known = conhecido
of them = deles/delas
notable = notável
notably = notavelmente
for = por/para
busy = atarefado/ocupado
city = cidade
life = vida
of = de
the = o/a/os/as
and a half = e meio
to make – made – made = fazer – fazia – feito
making = fazendo
America = Estados Unidos
United States (of America) = Estados Unidos da América
large = grande
the largest = o maior
though = embora, no entanto
which = o qual
to encompass – encompassed – encompassed = abranger – abrangia – abrangido
adjacent = adjacente, vizinho
inhabitant = habitante
in the world = no mundo
with = com
leading = que lidera
only = único
of two = de dois
whose = cujo/de quem
gross domestic product (GDP) = produto interno bruto (PIB)
to surpass – surpassed – surpassed = ultrapassar – ultrapassava – ultrapassado
the other being = a outra sendo
before = antes
pandemic = pandemia
over = mais que
to visit – visited – visited = visitar – visitava – visitado
yearly = por ano
an average of = uma média de
a week = por semana
a day = por dia
most tourists = a maioria dos turistas
residents = residentes
to use – used – used = usar/utilizar – usava – usado
NYC’s subway = o metrô de Nova York
one of the largest = um dos maiores
most efficient = mais eficiente
of all modern = de todas as modernas
large cities = grandes cidades
so efficient = tão eficiente
it gets you to = ele leva você a
your destination = seu destino
faster than = mais rápido que
a car = um carro
on Earth = na Terra