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Snow Skiing

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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Man: Whew! It's pretty cold today.

Woman: Yeah. My fingers are numb.

Man: So, do you often ski here?

Woman: No, this is my first time. Actually, this is my first time skiing . . . ever.

Man: So, how do you like it so far?

Woman: The snow is great [ Yeah . . .], but it's too crowded. You know, two people crashed into me on my first run, and some stupid skier was going way too fast . . . drove me into some trees. [ Wow! ] I crashed and lost one of my gloves. [ Oh, man. ] Fortunately, I had an extra pair with me.

Man: Wow. Well, did the woman stop and apologize?

Woman: No, it was a man. I'm certain of it. He just . . . he just laughed at me. Why do you think it was a woman, anyway?

Man: Uh, well, no reason. I mean, well, you know.

Woman: What? You know what?

Man: Uh, uh, nothing.

Woman: Yeah. You just wait until I find that guy.

Man: Uh, well, what are you going to do to him, I mean, if you find him?

Woman: First, I'm going to break his skis. [ Oh, well . . . ] And then, I'm going to take his picture and post it on Facebook.

Man: Uh, don't you think that's a little drastic? Perhaps, it was a simple mistake. And how are you going to identify him anyway?

Woman: Oh, that's easy. He was wearing bright red boots and a purple hat . . . um, just like yours. Heh, heh, heh . . .

Man: Now, now, now. Wait, wait! Yeah. What do you mean? [ Yeah . . . ] Wait! Why are you looking at me? You don't think it was me, do you? . . . Do you like jazz music?

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • whew (interjection): a sound to show that you are surprised, hot, or relieved
    - Whew! I almost ran into that tree. That was close!

  • numb (adjective): not able to feel parts of your body because of cold
    - My fingers and toes are so numb. I'd better go inside and get warm.

  • drive something (verb): move something with force (this is different than driving a car
    - The hunters drove the deer out of trees and into the open meadow.

  • apologize (noun): to say sorry or feel regret for doing something wrong
    - I apologize for not going skiing with you today. I'm just not feeling well.

  • certain (adjective): without a doubt, positive
    - I am certain that Jennifer will come with us to the ski resort tomorrow.

  • drastic (adjective): extreme, serious
    - The ski resort took drastic steps to increase business.

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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