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Hunting Trip

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

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Dan: Hey. Paul. Thanks for coming on this hunting trip with me. When my friend came down with the flu and couldn't make it, your sister wasn't going to let me go alone. You know, for safety reasons.

Paul: Yeah, well, as you know, I really don't like to hunt. [That's okay!] But I only came because my sister twisted my arm.[Ah, that's okay!] I didn't realize I was marrying into a family of hunters.

Dan: Shh. Quiet. I can see some deer down there, I think. You'll scare the deer away. They have a great sense of hearing and smell, so we have to remain out of sight.

Paul: Well, as you know, I really don't eat much meat . . .

Dan: You don't have to eat it. I'll take care of that. Just get ready. As soon as the sun comes up in a few minutes, you can often see the deer down in that meadow. You see that stream down there. [Yeah. ]We just need to quietly get a little closer.

Paul: Uh, Dan. How about if I just wait here and watch, you know, watch our stuff?

Dan: No, man. We'll have a better chance at bagging a deer if we're together.

Paul: Uh, man, I forgot my ammo back at the truck. What a bummer! I guess I'll just have to sit here and watch.

Dan: Are you crazy? Here. Take these shells and load your rifle. Taken 'em. Take 'em.

Paul: Uh. [cough, cough, cough . .] Hey deer. If you're out there, run!

Dan: What are you doing? Cut it out! There's a huge deer now. Ah, he's mine! Watch this!

Paul: Run, Bambi.

Dan: [Bang, bang, bang.]

What did you do that for?

Paul: Yes, [looking confused . . .] Why are you reloading? They're gone.

Dan: Stand around here for much longer, and you'll see. Any last words?


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • come down with something (idiom): get sick
    - My wife came down with a bad cold and couldn't go on the trip.

  • out of sight (idiom): not visible
    - Please try to stay out of sight when Mom gets here. I don't want her to know that you are here.

  • twist someone's arm (idiom): strongly persuade someone to do something
    - I had to twist his arm to get him to tell the truth.

  • bag something (idiom): catch or kill an animal
    - We were out hunting for three days and couldn't bag a single wild turkey.

  • ammo (noun): bullets or shells that are fired from a gun
    - We ran out of ammo on the fourth day of the hunt.

  • bummer (noun): disappointment
    - It was a real bummer that the weather was bad.

  • cut out something (idiom): stop or end something
    - Be quiet. If you don't cut out the noise, we won't be able to sleep all night.

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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