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Summer Vacation

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again on summer vacation plans by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Woman: Hey, Hey. Why don't we do something fun next week? We have time off. We never do anything fun.

Man: Well . . . I don't know. What do you have in mind?

Woman: Well, I was thinking like . . . . Okay.

Like the library? The library is . . . What?

The library is boring. We could do that anytime. Listen. How about on Monday we go down to the lake and go swimming at the lake?

Man: Ah, I don't know. I think it's going to hot that day, and I might get a sunburn. [ Come on! ] You know how tender . . . tender my skin is.

Woman: wimp! We can do . . . Okay. So Monday, we'll go down to the lake. Tuesday, we're going to go mountain biking. Um, it's supposed to be cloudy so your tender skin shouldn't get burned.

Man: Oh, that's sounds great . . . but I'd probably crash like I did last time and break my arm or something.

Woman: You didn't break your arm last time. You won't break it this time. Come on. We'll go . . . So Monday, we'll go to the lake; Tuesday, we're going to go mountain biking. [ Okay. ]

Um, Wednesday, I was thinking we could go fishing. Remember the last time we went? I caught like 10 huge fish . . .

Man: Yeah. I remember. And the only thing I caught was an old boot. And you won't ever, EVER let me forget that one. So, if we do anything, I'd like to enjoy it.

Woman: Well, okay then. Um, do you suggest?

Man: Well, alright. Well, we could stay home and uh, you know . . . pop some popcorn and play like Scrabble or another board game. Yeah, something like that . . . . What?

Woman: You know, I like board games, but we can do that anytime. Why don't we go . . . listen . . . Friday or Saturday. We'll do all those things we talked about and then Friday or Saturday, we'll go on a picnic to the mountains. You won't break your arm, you won't get a sunburn. It'll be really pleasant. Let's do that, okay?

Man: Well . . . . .

Woman: Come on. Let's do it. It'll be fun.

Man: Okay. We'll give it a try.

Woman: Good.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • time off (noun): vacation time away from work
    - I don't have much time off to travel during the summer break.

  • to have something in mind (verb): to think about or plan to so something
    - Do you have a plan in mind for the weekend
    I don't have particular food in mind for the party. I think anything is probably fine for most people.

  • tender (adjective): delicate; also, very loving
    - It is a very tender time for the family because of their father's passing.

  • wimp (adjective): a person who does not have courage or is afraid (negative meaning)
    - Don't be such a wimp. You need to try new foods. You can't avoid them when you travel overseas.

  • pleasant (adjective): nice or comfortable
    - The walk along the beach was very pleasant. We enjoyed the cool breeze and the sound of the waves.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]

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