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From: Janet Hill
To: Sunny Chen
Subject: Hi!

Hi Sunny!

How are you?

We're finally coming to Singapore so I wanted to ask your advice on what we should do while we're there. What shouldn't we miss? We'll have our two kids aged 6 and 8 with us so ideally we want to do things we can enjoy as a family.

We've already got a hotel booked in Marina Bay and we arrive on 12 May for a week.

I hope you're around so we can meet up!

See you soon,


From: Sunny Chen
To: Janet Hill
Subject: Re: Hi!

Hi Janet!

Lovely to hear from you and how exciting that you're coming!

You've picked a great area to stay in as it's right next to a must-see attraction, Gardens by the Bay. They light them up at night and the kids will love it. Another place to take the little ones is the zoo, and the Night Safari is really worth doing. The animals are much more active at night than during the day, so it's pretty special.

As for food, there's quite a variety here. I'd recommend trying laksa and kaya toast – they're both really typical Singaporean foods. You can also eat well and cheaply at street markets. You should definitely check them out.

Can't wait to see you all!


P.S. My number here is +65 1234 1234.


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Language level

Intermediate: B1


If you come to Caracas, you should definitely visit Avila Mágica, it is the largest Cable Car in Venezuela. The main station is about 20 minutes by car from the city center. Just few minutes later you get into the cable car you will see how huge Caracas is, I prefer to do it during the sun set, it is a romantic and colorful show, but you can also do it when returning. Bring your jacket, you will feel the cold once you are in the top of the Avila Mountain. Once you´ve arrived you´ll see the coast side of Venezuela on the other side of the mountain. It´s kind of contrast, on one side the cold nice city, on the other, the hot summery beach!!

Hello my friend I hope you're doing well.

If you live or stay in Caracas I'd definitely recommend you going to downtown Caracas.

You should start in Bolivar's Square. It's a great place to getting fresh air. The children can play there and feed the squirrels and pigeons with corn.

Cafe Artesano is another worth seeing as well. They offer a very good attention, good coffee and tasty desserts like 'golfeados'.

'La Casa Natal del LIbertador' is another must-see. It's the birthplace of our national hero Simón Bolívar. It's a great place to learn about the Venezuelan colonial life. In ther room you can see some famous paintings by Tito Salas like 'Delirio sobre el Chimborazo'.

After that, if you want going for a drink you should go to 'Chocolates con Cariño'. There are a really friendly atmosphere.

I will waiting you.

Hi Alex!
Lovely hear from you!! Unfortunately we won't be in Caracas while you are here, because we have a family trip planned for the same date. However I'd like to recommend to many places which you can visit. Caracas is a city with a pleasant climate all year. You should go to the beach it is very close to the city. The Waraira Repano park is going to. You will love it, if you stay until night the view of the city is brilliant and romantic. If you have time other things that's worth doing is walking in the downtown. The house of the Libertador, the Plaza Bolívar and the Cathedral are must-see atrraction. I hope that with these tips you can get to know some typical places in my city. Enjoy you stay here.
See you another time.

Hi, bro!
How are you?
I have the place that I want you to visit. That is Ueno. Ueno is one of the places I like. This city is in Japan and it is also famous in Japan, so I hope you to visit here.
Do you know Ame-yoko? There are a lot of stores. There are sold fishes, fruits, some foods, shoes, clothes, and so on. Anyway, you can see so many things. You will feel fun and freshness only to walk Ame-yoko. In fact, I have visited there many times because I like here but I’m always feeling freshness so I can say there is the place you are able to feel new if you visit several times. Therefore, here is worth visiting.
I have one more thing. I’d also recommend you go to Shinobazu Pond. It has many attractive points. If it becomes spring, you can see cherry blossoms. What is more, if it becomes summer, you can see lotus flowers as far as the eye can see. This pond of lotus flowers is covered with them and it is dyed pink. I think this is thing that you cannot see too much. When I’m writing, I become also to want to go there. There is quite beautiful so you should go there.
Can’t wait to see you all!
P.S. Let me know your flight details!

Hi kaito. Lovely to hear from you. There are two shops I would like to recommend. First, I would recommend going Jiro café near Yachiyodai station. A lot of local people often visit this café. I have been this café several times. Not only coffee but also food is very good at this café. My favorite thing in this café is pancakes. This pancake is very fluffy and good. Furthermore, there are many fruits such strawberries ad grapes, it is very good. So, it is worth spending money on this pancake. Also, since you can enter the shop with pets such as dog and cats, so you can enjoy more. Second, I would recommend going Panke ramen shop. There are a lot of taste at this ramen shop. I like spicy miso ramen. Ramen in this shop is especially spicy. It is also close to the station, so this ramen shop is recommended. You should go there.

Lovely to hear from you! I will be available in April "In Shaa Allah" to meet with you.The capital is a very nice place to stay as every thing will be closer to you. I would recommend you to visit the Roman theater In the down town.However,you should go to Petra which is one of the most famous place in the world.
I am looking forward to seeing you soon .

From: Nanako Suzuki
To: Momoka
Subject: Re: Hi!

Hi Momoka!

Lovely to hear from you and how exciting that you're coming!
I will be at Aizuwakamatsu city in Fukushima prefecture in April, so that we can meet there.
When you will come and see this city, Aizuwakamatsu castle is worth seeing I think. Aizuwakamatsu castle is often called "Tsuruga castle" in local.
Every year, many tourists from other prefecture come to see it and feel magnificent.
In the Tsuruga castle, there is a folk museum of Wakamatsu castle and you will see a lot of materials of Wakamatsu castle, and will study history of Aizuwakamatsu city.
In addition, a lot of cherry trees surround Aizuwakamatsu castle, and you can see very beautiful flurry of cherry blossoms in spring with Aizuwakamatsu castle.
By the way, Aizuwakamatsu castle park are illuminated during nights.
Autumn leaf seasons are especially beautiful, so I'd recommend coming and seeing views in autumn night. You should definitely check them out.

Can't wait to see you all!

Nanako Suzuki

P.S. My number here is xxxxxxxxxxx

Hi! Makiko.
Lovely to hear from you. I’d recommend going café enzo near Warabi station.
It is local café only the people who know it know. You can enjoy both of view and foods.
Inside of café, wall and floor are made of woods, there are retro furniture and some foreign magazine and so, on. It looks like private house. Few people can have meal there at the same time. I think not too large is one of attractive points.
You should try unique sweets only can eat there. I recommend eating Ja-cakes and cheese omelet. Ja-cake has various types. It is like parfait. For example, oreo, green tea and vegetable cakes. I especially recommend eating vegetable cakes. I think even person who don’t like vegetable can try it. Mainly ingredients are tomato sweet tomato and boiled carrot and some green vegetable. It is famous for healthy parfait. Cheese omelet is also recommend because cheese inside of omelet gives us happy at the moment. You should try it when you go there.
Also, you can celebrate friends birthday with reservation until the previous day. All clerks cerebrate with singing song. I heard you will celebrate John’s birthday as surprise. You should check its service.

From: Rushikesh
To: Sudhir
Subject: Coming to Visit!

Hi Sudhir!

How are you?

We're finally coming to Shirdi so I wanted to ask you what we should do while we're there. We want to do things we can enjoy as a family.

We've already got a hotel booked in Sai Palace and we arrive on 19 April for two days.

I hope you're around and we can meet up!

See you soon,


Hi Sümbül,
Great to hear from you that you're coming and how wonderful!
Unfortunately I won't be in Ankara while you are here. I am so so sorry.
But, well, I'd like to recommend you to many places which you should visit.
Firstly there is Anıtkabir where Atatürk'ü grave is located. Another place is Kocatepe Mosque. This is the biggest mosque in the Europe and Asia. In addition you should visit 'Hamamönü House's'. These houses was built thousands of years ago.
So, I am sorry that I can not accompany you in this trip. However, when you need me, pls call me.

See you another time.