listening lab 0418

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What is New Orleans celebrating this year? 

 

2.  When the city was founded, was it ruled by the French or by the Spanish?

 

3.  What did free people of color in New Orleans own? 

 

4.  What was born in New Orleans in the 20th century?

 

5.  Where will the fireworks show be held?

 
Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

New Orleans
      
      If you've ever wanted to visit New Orleans, Louisiana, this is the year to do it because 2018 marks NOLA's tricentennial, or the 300th anniversary of its founding.  Yes, this amazing city is older than the United States itself. A brief history of the city will help explain how it got to be so culturally diverse.
      
      In 1718, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) near the mouth of the Mississippi River.  Four years later, after a hurricane destroyed most of the city, it was rebuilt in a grid pattern, creating what is now called the French Quarter.  The early colonists brought with them the practice of slavery. They enslaved the local indigenous population (Native Americans), and they also imported slaves from Africa. The French ruled over the city until 1763, when they gave up the territory to the Spanish.  In 1803, the French regained control of the colony, but they sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase that same year.
   
      By the middle of the 19th century, New Orleans had become a major port city.  Many free people of color were not just living there, but as businesses and property owners,  they contributed greatly to the culture and economy of the city.  Soon people from  Ireland, Italy, Germany, Greece, Vietnam and all over the world joined the African Americans, formerly enslaved Africans, free people of color, Native Americans, Cajuns and Creoles.  This diverse city became the wealthiest city in the United States.
 
      In the 20th century, jazz music was born in New Orleans and soon spread throughout the nation. The city also expanded in size thanks to new technology that enabled people to drain swamps and wetlands. After World War II, the city became a tourist destination, and today it draws millions of visitors for events such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
 
      Because no city parties like NOLA, there are dozens of events planned to celebrate the city's 300th birthday.  In April, you can see historic sailing ships known as "tall ships" along the Mississippi riverfront, or you can attend an outdoor movie festival.  In May, there will be a fireworks show on the riverfront. And all year long there will be music festivals and food festivals, including the Fete des Fromages, or cheese festival, in November.  For a list of events, go to www.neworleans.com/new-orleans-tricentennial. 
 

  

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  What is New Orleans celebrating this year? 

It's celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding.

 

2.  When the city was founded, was it ruled by the French or by the Spanish?

It was ruled by the French.

 

3.  What did free people of color in New Orleans own? 

They owned businesses and property.

 

4.  What was born in New Orleans in the 20th century?

Jazz music was.

 

5.  Where will the fireworks show be held?

It will be held on the riverfront.

 

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