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"fish story" = a big lie

"He didn't graduate from Harvard University. That's just a big fish story."

"fish out of water" = to be out of place in an uncomfortable situation

"My brother doesn't dance at all, so he felt like a fish out of water at last night's party."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Fishing Trip
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultfishingconversationman - woman02:03

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Is fishing a common recreational activity where you live? Why or why not? What special techniques or equipment do you need to catch fish and lots of them?

HELPFUL TIP: In some places, you might need a fishing license, so check your local laws so you don't break the law.

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

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1. At the beginning of the conversation, the man feels that he ____.
A. is a natural fisherman
B. needs more fishing practice
C. doesn't have the right equipment

2. Last month, the man didn't catch any fish because __________.
A. he always went the wrong time of day
B. he was too busy at work to go
C. the weather wasn't very good

3. While the man is fishing, the woman is _____________.
A. texting her friends
B. reading a book
C. watching him fish

4. The man had been fishing for ___________ without success.
A. 20 minutes
B. an hour
C. a couple of hours

5. When the woman catches a fish, the man ____________.
A. starts taking pictures of the fish
B. encourages her to catch more
C. says she was just lucky

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]
Describe a time when you went fishing. Where did you go? What did you catch? What kind of bait did you use? Did you keep the fish or did you release them?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Imagine that you want to go on a fishing vacation in the United States. Use the Internet to find information on these questions:

  • What is the name of place you want to go?
  • What is included in the fishing vacation (e.g., accommodations, fishing gear, transportation, etc.)
  • How long is the fishing trip?
  • What amount of experience do you need on this fishing trip (e.g., for beginners, intermediate, or advanced)?
  • How much does does the trip cost?
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