VANAKKAM!

Introduction

 

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Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It has a population of 7 million people. It is the fourth largest city in India. It was founded in the 1661 by the British East India Company.

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This 350 year city is today a big commercial and industrial centre, and has much cultural heritage, such as palaces, forts, temples, mosques.

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Chennai is home to diverse communities, although the most widely spoken languages are Tamil and English. Other languages include Telugu and Hindi.

Although Chennai is a very big city, life is quite and people are relaxed. Sometimes it feels like a small town. As they say, Chennai is only a city. Madras is the true emotion.

 

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The weather is quite hot. Chennaites or Madrasis (people from Chennai) say that there are three seasons in Chennai; ‘hot’, ‘hotter’, and ‘hottest’. The coldest month is December, when the temperature drops to 21ºC, while the hottest month is May, with temperatures over 35ºC.

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Task

1 – Answer the following questions according to the text:

 

Where is Chennai?

 

How is weather in Chennai?

 

What are the most important languages of Chennai?

 

What is a “Madrasi”? Why are they called like that?

 

 

 

2 - Complete the names of the following landmarks in Chennai:

 

Corporation ……………..

 

Marina …………….

 

George …………..

 

War ……………….

 

Central Railway ...............

 

Saint Thomas …………….

 

Buckingham ……………

 

Express ……………..

 

Sri Parthasarathy …………..

 

Santhome ……………..

 

Thousand Lights …………...

 

Adyar …………….

 

Government ……………..

 

Fort ………………

 

 

2 – Label each landmark.

 

Process

 

https://wiki.kidzsearch.com/wiki/Chennai

http://www.chennai.org.uk/monuments/index.html

http://www.chennai.org.uk/entertainment/shopping-malls.html