"stretch the truth" = exaggerate the truth

"My brother said he saw an alien, but he sometimes stretches the truth. It probably was just a bear."

"cool as a cucumber" = very relax and at ease

"The captain was cool as a cucumber when aliens boarded our ship."

UFO: A Story to Remember

1. Listening Exercises 
Thing of these questions before you listen to the conversation:
  1. What are UFOs and what do they look like?
  2. What do the reported aliens look like?
  3. How do you explain the numerous sightings of these objects?
  4. Do you think that UFOs really exist?
    HELPFUL TIP : Is there really life out there beyond our planet? With more and more planets being discovered, the possibilities seem to be growing. Research the evidence for yourself.
    Do you think there might be life on this world?

    2. Listening Exercises 

    First, listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button.

    1. Where was the man coming from when he first saw the UFO?

    A. He was returning home from a party.
    B. He just got off work when he saw the UFO.
    C. He was driving home from a restaurant.

    2. What time did the man report the incident to the police?
    A. about 12:00 AM
    B. about 3:00 AM
    C. about 5:00 AM

    3. What jumped out in front of the man's car?
    A. a giant deer
    B. a strange man
    C. a hairy alien

    4. What happened next to the man?
    A. He walked to a flying saucer.
    B. He followed the animal to a plane.
    C. He was carried to a spaceship.

    5. What does the police officer suggest at the end of the story?
    A. They should call the fire department.
    B. The man should seek counseling.
    C. The man should contact the newspaper.


    1. He was returning home from a party.
    2. about 5:00 AM
    3. a hairy alien
    4. He was carried to a spaceship.
    5. The man should seek counseling.


    Police Officer: Hello. 24th Precinct. Officer Jones speaking.Man: Help. Yeah, uh, it was wild, I mean really bizarre.Police Officer: Calm down sir! Now, what do you want to report?Man: Well, I'd like to report a UFO sighting.Police Officer: A what?Man: What do you mean "what?" An unidentified flying object!Police Officer: Wait, tell me exactly what you saw.Man: Well, I was driving home from a party about three hours ago, so it was about 2:00 AM, when I saw this bright light overhead.Police Officer: Okay. And then what happened?Man: Oh, man. Well, it was out of this world. I stopped to watch the light when it disappeared behind a hill about a kilometer ahead of me.Police Officer: Alright. Then what?Man: Well, I got back in my car and I started driving toward where the UFO landed.Police Officer: Now, how do you know it was a UFO? Perhaps you only saw the lights of an airplane [No], or the headlights of an approaching car [No]. Things like that happen, you know.Man: Well if it was that, how do you explain "the BEAST"?Police Officer: What do you mean, "the BEAST"?Man: Okay. I kept driving for about five minutes when all of a sudden, this giant, hairy creature jumped out in front of my car.Police Officer: Oh, yeah.Then what?Man: Well, then, the beast picked up the front of my car and said, "Get out of the car. I'm taking you to my master!" Something like that.Police Officer: Wow? A hairy alien who can speak English! Come on!Man: I'm not making this up, if that's what you're suggesting. Then, when I didn't get out of the car, the beast opened the car door, carried me on his shoulders to this round-shaped flying saucer, and well, that's when I woke up along side the road. The beast must have knocked me out and left me there.Police Officer: Well, that's the best story I've heard all night, sir. Now, have you been taking any medication, drugs, or alcohol in the last 24 hours? You mentioned you went to a party.Man: What? Well, I did have a few beers, but I'm telling the truth.Police Officer: Okay, okay. We have a great therapist that deals with THESE kinds of cases.Man: I'm not crazy.Police Officer: Well, we'll look into your story. Thank you.

    3. Post-Listening Exercises

    Suppose that you saw what you thought was a UFO landing in some trees a few blocks away from your house? What would you do?

    V. Online Investigations

    A great deal of debate surrounds the possible existence of exterrestrial beings (aliens). With the discovery of so many planets beyond our solar system, who knows what might be out there? Search online for reports of UFO sightings and analyze the information you read. What do you think is the likelihood that the story is true?

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