General Listening Quiz

“Fishing Trip”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult fishing man – woman 02:03

Pre-Listening Exercise

Is fishing a common recreational activity where you live? Why or why not? What special techniques or equipment do you need to catch fish and lots of them?


fish story” = a big lie
He didn’t graduate from Harvard University. That’s just a big fish story.”

fish out of water” = to be out of place in an uncomfortable situation
My brother doesn’t dance at all, so he felt like a fish out of water at last night’s party.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

At first, the man feels that he ____.

Man: I mean, I'm not bragging or anything, but I have a real sense for fishing. I mean, I was born to fish, you know, my dad used to say.

Last month, the man didn't catch any fish because ____.

Man: Well, Well, I'm not making excuses or anything, but the weather was bad a couple of times, and, and . . . and a fish dragged my pole into the water while I wasn't looking another time [ No way! Serious? ] , and . . . and I wasn't wearing my fishing hat another day.

While the man is fishing, the woman is ______.

Man: Well, do you think you can do any better, or are you just going to sit there and continue reading that book?

The man had been fishing for _____ without success.

Woman: What's different about it? We've been here about an hour, and you still haven't caught anything.

When the woman catches a fish, the man _____.

Woman: Come on. You gotta help me catch it! Man: That's beginner's luck.

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a time when you went fishing. Where did you go? What did you catch? What kind of bait did you use? Did you keep the fish or did you release them?

Online Investigation

Imagine that you want to go on a fishing vacation in the United States. Use the Internet to find information on these questions:

  • What is the name of place you want to go?
  • What is included in the fishing vacation (e.g., accommodations, fishing gear, transportation, etc.)
  • How long is the fishing trip?
  • What amount of experience do you need on this fishing trip (e.g., for beginners, intermediate, or advanced)?
  • How much does does the trip cost?