"cold feet" = fear of doing something

"James was going to ask Ashley out on a date, but he got cold feet and couldn't do it."

"give someone the cold shoulder" = ignore someone or give someone a cool reception

"Elizabeth gave Ryan the cold shoulder when he tried to apologize for forgetting her birthday."

Snow Skiing

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are some typical sports or recreation activities that people enjoy in your area? In this conversation, you will hear a man and woman discuss snow skiing. What specific gear or equipment do you need for this sport? What are the dangers or risks of snow skiing?

HELPFUL TIP : If you are prepared with the right gear, you'll have fun on the slopes no matter what your skill level is.

2. Listening Exercises
Sarah and Ron are getting married. Listen to this conversation about their wedding plans.

1. The woman __________.
A. has gone skiing many times
B. doesn't have skiing experience
C. skis once to twice a year

2. The ski slopes are ____________.
A. very crowded
B. somewhat icy
C. nearly empty

3. Another skier ___________.
A. drove into the woman
B. forced her into the trees
C. stole her new purple gloves

4. When the woman finds the other skier, she is going to __________.
A. break his face, arm, and legs
B. show his face on social media
C. hit the person in the head with a book

5. The woman says she can recognize the other skier by his __________.
A. hair and eyes
B. crazy laugh
C. clothing


1. doesn't have skiing experience
2. very crowded
3. forced her into the trees
4. show his face on social media
5. clothing

ManWhew! 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?
3. Post-Listening Exercises

Describe a recreational activity you enjoy doing in your free time and answer these questions:

  • What is the name of the activity?
  • Do you do this sport alone or with a group of people?
  • What is object of the activity (for example, you want to score the most points in a game of basketball)?
  • Are are the basic rules of the sport?
  • In what countries is this activity popular?
  • How much experience do you need to play?

4. Online Investigations
Use the Internet to learn more about one of these unusual activities. Use the questions above to help you research the sport:

  • polar bear swimming
  • dog sledding
  • snow tubing
  • ice sailing
  • curling
  • snow biking
  • snow kiting

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