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"cold feet" = fear of doing something

"James was going to ask Ashley out on a date, but he got cold feet and couldn't do it."


"give someone the cold shoulder" = ignore someone or give someone a cool reception

"Elizabeth gave Ryan the cold shoulder when he tried to apologize for forgetting her birthday."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Snow Skiing
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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difficultsnow skiingconversationman - woman01:27

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some typical sports or recreation activities that people enjoy in your area? In this conversation, you will hear a man and woman discuss snow skiing. What specific gear or equipment do you need for this sport? What are the dangers or risks of snow skiing?

HELPFUL TIP: If you are prepared with the right gear, you'll have fun on the slopes no matter what your skill level is.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Sarah and Ron are getting married. Listen to this conversation about their wedding plans.

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1. The woman __________.
A. has gone skiing many times
B. doesn't have skiing experience
C. skis once to twice a year

2. The ski slopes are ____________.
A. very crowded
B. somewhat icy
C. nearly empty

3. Another skier ___________.
A. drove into the woman
B. forced her into the trees
C. stole her new purple gloves

4. When the woman finds the other skier, she is going to __________.
A. break his face, arm, and legs
B. show his face on social media
C. hit the person in the head with a book

5. The woman says she can recognize the other skier by his __________.
A. hair and eyes
B. crazy laugh
C. clothing


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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Describe a recreational activity you enjoy doing in your free time and answer these questions:

  • What is the name of the activity?
  • Do you do this sport alone or with a group of people?
  • What is object of the activity (for example, you want to score the most points in a game of basketball)?
  • Are are the basic rules of the sport?
  • In what countries is this activity popular?
  • How much experience do you need to play?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to learn more about one of these unusual activities. Use the questions above to help you research the sport:

  • polar bear swimming
  • dog sledding
  • snow tubing
  • ice sailing
  • curling
  • snow biking
  • snow kiting

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