3rd May 2023
We have a project to write about our city or town. How has it changed ?
Remember, when we write about the past we use Verb 2 (simple past) but when we write about today, we use Verb 1 (simple present).
In the past there was or In the past there were …
There wasn’t … or There weren’t …
These days there is or These days there are …
Today or Nowadays …
Example: In the past, the city was called Sài Gòn. Today, the city is called Ho Chi Minh City.
Let’s set the scene – we need some old time music.
To help you, compare and contrast these photos. First, we have the General Post Office in Quận 1 (District 1, downtown or city centre).
Post offices were mainly for sending letters. Do people send letters these days ?
If people could not write, what did they do ?
Today, the Post Office has many shops inside, and many tourists visit to take photos.
How about street life ?
Sài Gòn 1960s (above), and Ho Chi Minh City today
Of course, Sài Gòn is famous for street food.
Some food is traditional, but nowadays there are a lot of fast food restaurants.
Finally, we need some modern music. Do you know this song ? The video was filmed in Quận 7
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