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"drive someone up the wall" = to annoy or bother someone a lot

"My brother kept talking in his sleep during our vacation, and that drove me up the wall."

"hit the road" = to begin or start your travel

"Hey. We need to hit the road before 5:00 a.m. if we want to arrive at mom's house by noon.

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[ Quiz Script ]

Summer Vacation
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Many people travel to new places during their summer vacations. Some go on cruises; other people visit the beach. However, other people like to spend time near home and just relax where they are. How about you? What are some activities you like to do during your vacations?

HELPFUL TIP: Summer vacations don't have to be expensive to be fun. Often, it is just a matter of people being together and sharing good times.

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

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1. The woman wants to _____________ on Monday.
A. go to the lake
B. visit the city park
C. walk along the river

2. The man doesn't want to go because he ___________.
A. is busy with work
B. wants to see a movie instead
C. is worried about the sun

3. On Tuesday, the woman suggests ___________.
A. visiting an art museum
B. going for a bike ride
C. driving in the mountains

4. On Wednesday, the woman wants to __________
A. go fishing
B. catch a movie
C. have a barbecue

5. On Friday or Saturday, the woman would like to __________.
A. go shopping for clothing
B. have a nice picnic
C. play games at home

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Correct answers:

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Describe a vacation you took by yourself or with family and friends. Where did go and what did you do? What did you enjoy most about the trip?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find a good place to take a vacation and find information to answer these questions:

  • What place did you chose to research?
  • What is the best way to get there and how much does it cost to travel?
  • What are two places to stay in this area (e.g., hotel, bed and breakfast, campground, etc.) and how much does it cost each night?
  • What activities are available nearby? How much do these attractions cost?
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