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Fishing Trip

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 : Well, I couldn't have picked out a better spot to fish. What do you think?

Woman : Uh . . .

Man : I mean, the water is so clear here. Listen to the birds and the sounds of nature.

Woman : Well . . . .

Man : I mean, I'm not bragging or anything, but I have a real sense for fishing. I mean, I was born to fish, you know, my dad used to say.

Woman : Really?

Man : Yeah.

Woman : When was the last time you caught a fish? Didn't you tell me that you went fishing six or seven times last month and didn't catch anything?

Man : Well, Well, I'm not making excuses or anything, but the weather was bad a couple of times, and, and . . . and a fish dragged my pole into the water while I wasn't looking another time [ No way! Serious? ] , and . . . and I wasn't wearing my fishing hat another day.

Woman : You have to have a fishing hat to catch fish?

Man : Well, today is different. Listen.

Woman : What's different about it? We've been here about an hour, and you still haven't caught anything.

Man : Well, do you think you can do any better, or are you just going to sit there and continue reading that book?

Woman : Okay, let me show you. Let me show you. Give me that pole. I'll show you. I'm just to cast the bait out right over . . . . there . . . perfect.

Man : Ah, right. You'll probably catch a tree branch or get your line snagged in a tree.

Woman : Yeah, you're going to see. Just wait.

Man : Some big shoe or something like that.

Woman : You just wait. You have to be patient. [ Yeah. ] Yeah . . . Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh! I got a bite. Oh, man, man, man. Look at that! That fish is huge .

Man : Wow, wait, wait, wait, wait. Can't . . . . that . . no, no, no.

Woman : Yes, it is, it is. Help me! Come on. Help me! Come on. Help me. I'm trying to reel it in. Help me!

Man : I . . . I got to go back to the car.

Woman : No, no. Look! Look at thing jump! Go get the net! Get the net!

Man : Well, nah . . .

Woman : Come on. You gotta help me catch it!

Man : That's beginner's luck.

Woman : No. Come on. Wow! I got it Look at that. What are you going to say now? Huh? Huh? What are you going to say?

Man : Nothing!

Woman : So look who's teaching who. I'm going to remember this day FOREVER.

Man : Forget it.

Key Vocabulary [ Top ]

  • brag (verb) : to talk about yourself or others in a way that shows too much pride
    - My brother always brags about his soccer skills, but he really isn't that good of a player.
  • drag (verb) : to pull something heavy or difficult to move
    - He huge fish tried to drag me into the water
    - I took us a few minutes to drag the boat out of the water.
  • pole (noun) : a long slender piece of bamboo, fiberglass, or other material that is used to catch fish
    - My fishing pole broke when I tried to bring in the giant cat fish..
  • cast (verb) : to throw something like food into the water by hand or with a fishing pole
    - My son couldn't cast his fishing line very far, so helped him most of the time yesterday.
  • bait (noun) : food or other material used to attract fish or animals
    - What kind of bait did you use to catch that fish?
  • snag (verb) : to catch or get caught on something
    - I tore my shirt when it got snagged on a tree branch.
  • huge (adjective) : very large
    - My brother owns a huge fishing boat that he uses to catch tuna and swordfish off the coast.

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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