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"blow someone out of the water" = destroy or defeat

"The basketball game wasn't even close. I mean, they blew us out of the water and beat us by 60 points."


"a fish out of water" = be out of place

"I went to the party with Sarah, but I felt like a fish out of water. I was at least 20 years older than most people there, and I had nothing in common with them."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Water Conservation
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
mediumsaving waterconversationman - woman01:04

[ In 1999, Randall created a listening activity on saving water, "Saving the Earth," featuring his daughter, Aubrey, who also appears in this listening activity. She is an excellent voice talent for these activities. ]

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are three ways people waste water at home everyday? Do you do these things yourself? Explain.

HELPFUL TIP: Taking quick showers can save money and the environment.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. About how long was the man in the shower?
A. 20 minutes
B. 25 minutes
C. 30 minutes

2. About how many gallons of water did the man waste during his shower? (A gallon is about 3.7 liters.)
A. 40
B. 50
C. 60

3. How much was their water bill last month?
A. $103
B. $113
C. $130

4. The man doesn't have a lot of money because _______.
A. he has an expensive car loan
B. he is paying for school
C. he's not working now

5. The woman suggests that her brother _______________ to help them save money.
A. only shower on weekends
B. take a shower at the gym
C. shower at their parents' house


Score =
Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
To what degree do you waste water at home or at work? Give specific examples and discuss what you could do better to save water.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find answers to these questions:

  • What is the source of the water that you use every day to bathe, cook, and clean (for example, snow runoff, ground water from aquifers, wells, and springs, lakes, rain water, rivers and streams)?
  • How is water used in your area (for example, agriculture, in businesses / industry, in homes, for watering personal gardens, recreational facilities like pools and water parks)
  • How is this water purified, if needed?
  • What are the future water needs where you?
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