【英語リスニング・初級】Summer (0:49)

Kerri answers questions about summer where she grew up as a teenager.

リスニングクイズ

What is fluffy?

Correct! Wrong!

Does she surf?

Correct! Wrong!

Why is the summer a bad time to surf?

Correct! Wrong!

Why is the winter a bad time to surf?

Correct! Wrong!

How many times did she try to surf?

Correct! Wrong!

英語リスニング字幕

Todd: Hey, Keri. Let’s talk about summer.

Kerri: OK.

Todd: Do you like summer?

Kerri: Yes, I do.

Todd: OK. Why?

Kerri: Because it’s warm, and blue skies, and fluffy white clouds.

Todd: That’s true. Now, you grew up in Southern California. What was it like growing up on the beach in the summer?

Kerri: It was great. It was a lot of fun. It’s nice.

Todd: Did you learn how to surf?

Kerri: I tried a couple of times but I didn’t want to learn in the summer time cause the beaches are too crowded so I tried in the winter but the water is very cold so I gave up after a couple of tries.

Todd: Oh, really. Even in winter it’s too cold, the water.

Kerri: Yeah, the Pacific’s cold.

語彙

fluffy

Fluffy white clouds.

If a cloud is ‘fluffy’ it has the appearance of being very soft, like a pillow. Notice the following:

  • All the pillows and blankets on the bed were so fluffy that he fell asleep immediately.
  • He gave his girlfriend a fluffy, stuffed bear for Valentine’s Day.

grow up

You grew up in Southern California.

Where you ‘grow up’ is the place where you live for most of the time or for a long time when you are a child. Notice the following:

  • We moved a lot when I was a child, so I grew up all over the country.
  • She was my neighbor when we were young. We grew up together.

great

It was great. It was a lot of fun.

‘Great’ is a positive adjective similar to fantastic or wonderful. Notice the following:

  • The party was great. All of my old friends were there.
  • I had a great day today.

give up

The water is very cold so I gave up.

If you ‘give up’ trying to do something then you stop doing it because it is difficult and you don’t think you will have success. Notice the following:

  • I know that Chemistry class is difficult, but don’t give up.
  • He tried to break the school record for three years, but finally he gave up.

couple

I gave up after a couple of tries.

To be exact a ‘couple’ of tries means two tries, but we use this word to mean any number from two to four. Notice the following:

  • He has been waiting for me for a couple of hours now.
  • There are a couple of eggs in the refrigerator.