Michael Jackson’s House – level 3
The price tag on Michael Jackson’s old home is certainly a thriller. His Neverland Ranch in California has gone on sale for 100 million dollars.
Now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch”, it no longer features an amusement park or petting zoo. That means you won’t find Bubbles the chimpanzee, but there is still one llama at the property in Santa Barbara.
The estate spans 2,700 acres and was home to the King of Pop for fifteen years. Jackson purchased the ranch in 1987 for 19.5 million dollars. But after financial troubles, he handed over the title to the ranch in 2008 to investment company Colony Capital LLC which held his $23 million loan on the property.
Jackson died from an overdose at the age of 50 in 2009, just months after announcing plans for a residency show of 50 concerts at London’s O2 Arena.
The renovated property features 22 structures, including a six-bedroom main house complete with attached staff quarters, a four-bedroom guesthouse and another two-bedroom guesthouse. There is also a tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool and a 50-seat movie theatre.
The train tracks and station built by Jackson still stand, as does the iconic floral clock spelling out “Neverland”.
Difficult words: thriller (exciting and the title of one of Michael Jackson’s most famous songs), feature (to have), petting zoo (a zoo where visitors may handle and feed the animals), span (to cover an area), quarters (rooms).
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If you read and listen to two articles every day, your reading and listening skills can improve fast. You can learn quickly and after some time you will not have to translate into your own language. You will simply understand. Why should you do this?
When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.
Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.
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