General Listening Quiz

“A Hiking Family”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate family activities man – woman 01:52

Pre-Listening Exercise

What things can parents do to strengthen the relationship with their children? Some people go hiking or do outdoor activities; other people watch movies or go to amusement parks. Discuss your ideas. 


get ahead” = become successful in your business or career
Often, people give up time with their families to get ahead in life.”

control/hold the purse strings” = control the money in a family
My wife is much better at managing our finances, so she controls the purse strings.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where did Randall grow up?

My name's Randall Davis, and I'm originally from the state of Indiana in the United States.

What was his undergraduate major?

I majored in Spanish education and TESOL, or teaching English as a second language.

How many children does he have?

I have four children, and we go hiking and camping together, usually in Utah.

Randall ______ when he goes on hikes with his children.

On our hikes, we often talk about life, and I tell stories or share personal experiences.

Randall suggests that parents _____.

However, we try to talk openly about our problems, and we try to solve our problems together. Building a strong family takes time, but it is worth the effort.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Are there outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or camping that you enjoy doing with your family? What things can families do together to strengthen the family relationship? Discuss these topics with a partner and see if your families do similar activities.

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find five places where families can spend time together in your area or in a city or country where you want to visit. Answer these questions:

  1. What are the names of these places?
  2. What activities can you do there?
  3. How much does it cost to visit these places?