"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."

Health Club

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

Want to Tell People About This Listening Activity?

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
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

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 programmar.
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.


1. The woman's name is Rachel.
2. Utah
3. She works at a school.
4. She exercises five times a week.
5. The woman gives the man her phone number.


Justin: Uh, hi. Do you need some help with those weights? I can move them for you.Rachel: Uh, no. I can do it myself. I just have to put them back over there.Justin: No, let me help you. Uh, Oh, Hmpf.Rachel: Oh, it's okay.Justin: Oh, my back!Rachel: It's okay, it's okay. Are you okay?Justin: I just need to lie down here. Uh. Do you come here often?Rachel: Yeah. I usually come five times a week.Justin: Oh, oh man. By the way, my name's Justin.Rachel: I'm Rachel.Justin: Uh, so, where are you from?Rachel: I'm originally from California . . . Are you sure you're okay?Justin: (Said in agony) Yeah, um, I'm okay. Where are you from?Rachel: Um, I spent most of my life in a small town in Utah called Spanish Fork actually.Justin: Oh, um, I just need to lie here.Rachel: Um, so, where are you from, Justin? I'm going to call the manager.Justin: No, no, no, no, no! I just need to rest. Oh yeah, I'm from, from, uh, from Spanish Fork.Rachel: Wait. Are you sure? You're just not thinking right.Justin: No, no, no. Not Spanish . . . . Ah, No, I'm from Salt Lake City. So, what do you do for a living anyway? Are you a body builder or something?Rachel: No, no. I'm a teacher.Justin: Oh, so what do you teach?Rachel: I teach math and science, and it doesn't take a science teacher to tell me that you need a doctor.Justin: No, I'm okay, I'm okay. I'll stand here in a minute. Uh, could I have your phone number? You know, just in case.Rachel: I don't think so. I think 911 is the number you need at this point.Justin: (Crying in pain) Ohhhh!  
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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?

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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