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"let the grass grow around your feet" = wait, waste time, or delay in doing something

"Don't let the grass grow around your feet. Stop sitting at home and get out and apply for a job."

"turn a new leaf" = change one's behavior

"I don't think he'll turn over a new leaf just because he is getting married."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Gardening Show
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultgardeningconversationman - woman02:47

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What types of gardens do people grow in your area? Do people raise flowers and/or vegetables?

HELPFUL TIP: You can't expect to throw a plant in the ground and then expect it to grow. You have to prepare the soil with the right mix of ingredients, including a little fertilizer, and make sure the plants get the right amount of sun and/or shade.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Mark is calling the gardening show about ____________.
A. a diseased fruit tree
B. a strawberry patch
C. some dying flowers

2. His wife received the particular plant(s) from her _______________.
A. mother
B. sister
C. a close friend

3. Mark thinks that he might have _________________.
A. covered the plant(s) accidentally
B. driven his truck over the plant(s)
C. killed the plant(s) with deadly chemicals

4. Mark won't be able to deal with the situation unless ___________.
A. his wife goes on vacation
B. the weather improves soon
C. he can buy the right plant food

5. Which advice does Susan, the gardening show host, NOT give Mark at the end of the conversation?
A. Susan suggests that Mark ask for forgiveness.
B. Susan recommends that Mark go on vacation.
C. Susan advises that Mark put away any dangerous items.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are the benefits or challenges of trying to raise your own fruits, vegetables, and even herbs?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Imagine that are moving to Denver, Colorado, in the United States for a couple of years, and you are into gardening. Because you are concerned about maintaining a healthy diet, you want to look into what edible plants you can grow in the area. Use the Internet to identify two vegetables and two fruits/berries that can be raised in that area. Then, answer the following questions:

  • What are the names of the plants you found?
  • When is the best time to plant them?
  • What is the growing season for each?
  • When are the vegetables ready for harvest?
  • In what kinds of recipes can the food items be used?

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