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"no spring chicken" = no longer young

"I don't think he'll be able to hike to the summit because he's no spring chicken."

"play it safe" = be careful and not take chances

"My knee still hurts, so I'm going to play it safe and not go jogging today."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Camping under the Stars
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises

Level:Topic:Type: Speakers:Length:
medium campingconversation man - woman01:17

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What camping gear would you take to the mountains to make it a pleasurable experience (e.g., tent, cooking stove, etc.)? What problems could occur and what precautions would you take to prevent them?

HELPFUL TIP: Be sure to take a survival kit when you go camping in case of emergency, which could include bandages, a lighter for making a fire, a whistle for getting someone's attention, and a knife.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. 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. What are they planning on doing in the morning?
A. fishing
B. mountain biking
C. hiking

2. According to the weather report, when would it start raining?
A. in the afternoon
B. at night
C. in the morning

3. What did Paul forget to bring?
A. rain coats
B. umbrellas
C. rain boots

4. Where did Sara leave the playing cards?
A. next to picnic table
B. on picnic table
C. under picnic table

5. What do they finally decide to do?
A. stay at a hotel
B. return home
C. sleep at the campground

Score =
Correct answers:

II. 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]

Talk about popular recreational activities in your country. Include the following ideas in your discussion:

  • seasonal activities for spring, summer, fall, and winter
  • recreational sports that are popular among different age groups including children, teens, adults, and senior citizens
  • different activities popular with men or women

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