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"gift of gab" = skill of interesting conversation

"Not only was Allen a great cook, he also has the gift of gab that keeps a crowd entertained."

"not your cup of tea" = not be the kind of thing you like

"I'm sorry, but playing volleyball at a picnic isn't my cup of tea."

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Picnic Preparations
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type: Speakers:Length:Accent:
easyfood, numbersconversationtwo men01:54US

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Imagine you have been asked to organize a picnic? Where would you hold the picnic and what food, appetizers, and drink would you buy? Make a list and discuss it with a partner.

HELPFUL TIP: Cooking hamburgers over a grill isn't hard to do, but don't cook the meat too long, or you might end up with a tasteless and dry meal.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. When is the picnic?
A. on Thursday
B. on Friday
C. on Saturday
D. on Sunday

2. Where is the picnic being held?
A. at a park
B. at the beach
C. at Dave's house
D. by a river

3. How many packages of hot dogs do they decide to buy?
A. six
B. seven
C. eight
D. nine

4. Why has Kathy been so busy lately?
A. She has been working a lot recently.
B. She has been taking care of her sick mother.
C. She has been taking two night classes.
D. She has been looking for a new job.

5. What does Dave suggest Scott make for the picnic dessert?
A. cherry pie
B. chocolate cake
C. oatmeal cookies
D. fudge brownies

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Plan a picnic or barbecue with a friend or classmate. Where would you have your picnic? What foods would you buy or prepare for the picnic? What activities or games would you plan to entertain your friends? Share your ideas with your class.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Although the most people know the meaning of the word, barbecue, what people do, where they have a barbecue, and what they eat often varies from culture to culture. Use the Internet to find out how people hold barbecues in three different countries or cultures.

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