Hoy, un texto y un poco de vocabulario en inglés, sobre la famosa Ruta 66 en mi tierra querida.
(Si no sabes, soy de Arizona en Estados Unidos, pero llevo mucho tiempo viviendo en España.)
Aquí tienes el vocabulario del texto, antes de empezar:
highway = carretera
drought = sequía
motel = hotel al lado de la carretera (viene de las palabras motor + hotel)
flat = llano, plano
landscape = paisaje
plain = planicie
replace = reemplazar
Texto y vocabulario en inglés
Aquí el texto…
Route 66 was a highway opened in 1926 that crossed the western United States from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. The route was 2,448 miles (3,940km) long, and passed through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
It was known as “the Main Street of America” because along its route there were thousands of restaurants and motels, as well as small businesses, that served the cars passing through.
During the Great Depression in the 1930s, many farmers from the midwest (Oklahoma, for example) were forced to move off their land by droughts and unscrupulous banks. They moved west along Route 66 to California and the Pacific coast, where there was more work–John Steinbeck wrote “The Grapes of Wrath” about one such families and it remains one of the defining novels of the 20th century.
Other books and films have romanticized Route 66: the mostly flat landscapes and wide open countryside make for excellent television. A person could expect to spend at least four days making the journey from Chicago to Los Angeles, and would go through the Great Plains and the desert before arriving at the coast.
Route 66 was replaced by other highways as time went on, and it was officially removed from the Highway System in 1985, but many places conserve parts of the road because it is much smaller and more beautiful than the massive interstate highways constructed more recently.
Muchos españoles quieren pasar días y días haciendo un viaje por Estados Unidos en coche… Yo ya lo hice varias veces y es algo que prefiero no repetir. Pero bueno. Para gustos, los colores!
P.D. Para mucho más inglés, echa un vistazo a mi curso de inglés básico.