"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.

Summer Vacation

1. Pre-Listening Exercises
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.

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


1. go to the lake
2. is worried about the sun
3. going for a bike ride
4. go fishing
5. have a nice picnic


: Hey, Hey. Why don't we do something fun next week? We have time off. We never do anything fun.

Man: Well . . . I don't know. What do you have in mind?

Woman: Well, I was thinking like . . . . Okay.

Like the library? The library is . . . What?

The library is boring. We could do that anytime. Listen. How about on Monday we go down to the lake and go swimming at the lake?

Man: Ah, I don't know. I think it's going to hot that day, and I might get a sunburn. [ Come on! ] You know how tender . . . tender my skin is.

Womanwimp! We can do . . . Okay. So Monday, we'll go down to the lake. Tuesday, we're going to go mountain biking. Um, it's supposed to be cloudy so your tender skin shouldn't get burned.

Man: Oh, that's sounds great . . . but I'd probably crash like I did last time and break my arm or something.

Woman: You didn't break your arm last time. You won't break it this time. Come on. We'll go . . . So Monday, we'll go to the lake; Tuesday, we're going to go mountain biking. [ Okay. ]

Um, Wendesay I was thinking we could go fishing. Remember the last time we went? I caught like 10 huge fish . . .

Man: Yeah. I remember. And the only thing I caught was an old boot. And you won't ever, EVER let me forget that one. So, if we do anything, I'd like to enjoy it.

Woman: Well, okay then. Um, do you suggest?

Man: Well, alright. Well, we could stay home and uh, you know . . . pop some popcorn and play like Scrabble or another board game. Yeah, something like that . . . . What?

Woman: You know, I like board games, but we can do that anytime. Why don't we go . . . listen . . . Friday or Saturday. We'll do all those things we talked about and then Friday or Saturday, we'll go on a picnic to the mountains. You won't break your arm, you won't get a sunburn. It'll be really pleasant. Let's do that, okay?

Man: Well . . . . .

Woman: Come on. Let's do it. It'll be fun.

Man: Okay. We'll give it a try.

Woman: Good.

3. Post-Listening Exercises  
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?

4. Online Investigations   
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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