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"gym rat" = someone who spends a lot of time exercising at a gym

"My brother is a gym rat. He goes there every day after work for about three hours."

"fit as a fiddle" = to be in very good physical condition

"My grandfather is fit as a fiddle. He runs and hikes every morning before he goes to work."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Health Club
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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easypersonal introductionsconversationman - woman01:46

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

People often go to a gym or fitness center to exercise, but it is also a place to meet people and socialize with new friends. In this conversation, a man meets a woman at a health club. He wants to find out more about her, but he has a big problem. What kinds of appropriate questions can people ask when they meet new people for the first time? What questions are NOT okay to ask?

HELPFUL TIP: Exercising with good friends be a positive way to improve your physical and emotional health.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

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1. What is the woman's name?
A. Her name is Ruth Ann.
B. It's Ronda.
C. The woman's name is Rachel.

2. The woman spent most of her life in _____________.
A. California
B. Utah
C. New York

3. What does the woman do for a living?
A. She is a computer programmer.
B. She works at a school.
C. She has a job at a bank.

4. How often does the woman go to the gym?
A. She goes there three times a week.
B. She works out four times a week.
C. She exercises five times a week.

5. Which statement is NOT true about the conversation?
A. The man is from a city called Salt Lake.
B. The woman gives the man her phone number.
C. The woman knows a lot about history.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
People make new friends at different places in the community. Some people find new friends at school; other people meet online. In your case, how do you meet new people? What are safe ways to make new friends?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
It is fun to learn new expressions in different languages, and this is especially true about greetings and introductions. Use the internet to find out how to say, "Hello", in these languages. Be sure to write the names of the countries where people speak this language:

  1. Spanish - Mexico, Spain, Chile, Honduras
  2. Arabic -
  3. Japanese -
  4. Quechua -
  5. Sango -
  6. Wolof -
  7. Esperanto -

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