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People often go to a gym or fitness center to exercise, but it is also a place to meet people and socialize with new friends. In this conversation, a man meets a woman at a health club. He wants to find out more about her, but he has a big problem. What kinds of appropriate questions can people ask when they meet new people for the first time? What questions are NOT okay to ask?
“gym rat” = someone who spends a lot of time exercising at a gym
“My brother is a gym rat. He goes there every day after work for about three hours.”
“fit as a fiddle” = to be in very good physical condition
“My grandfather is fit as a fiddle. He runs and hikes every morning before he goes to work.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Justin: Oh, oh man. By the way, my name's Justin. Rachel: I'm Rachel.
Rachel: Um, I spent most of my life in a small town in Utah called Spanish Fork actually.
Justin: What do you do for a living anyway? Are you a body builder or something? Rachel: No, no. I'm a teacher.
Justin: No, no, no. Not Spanish . . . . Ah, No, I'm from Salt Lake City. So, what do you do for a living anyway? Are you a body builder or something? Rachel: No, no. I'm a teacher.
Justin: No, no, no, no, no! I just need to rest. Oh yeah, I'm from, from, uh, from Spanish Fork.
Justin: No, I'm okay, I'm okay. I'll stand here in a minute. Uh, could I have your phone number? You know, just in case.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
People make new friends at different places in the community. Some people find new friends at school; other people meet online. In your case, how do you meet new people? What are safe ways to make new friends?
It is fun to learn new expressions in different languages, and this is especially true about greetings and introductions. Use the internet to find out how to say, “Hello”, in these languages. Be sure to write the names of the countries where people speak this language: