1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
How flexible are you? If you’re very flexible, you’ll have a great time playing party games like Limbo and Twister. Limbo is actually a dance. Players need to bend backwards and walk under a stick. The stick gets lower each time someone walks under it. This game is very easy at the beginning, but soon only the most bendy players will still be playing.
Twister is another silly and popular game. To play it, you need a mat with red, blue, yellow, and green circles. You put your hands and feet on the circles, and things get crazy fast! Playing Twister is much more fun than a regular board game. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Twister, so it’s a great time to try the game for yourself.
Dominique and Romeo are talking about Twister. Listen to this English lesson to find out what Romeo thinks about the game… and if Dominique thinks it’s OK to cheat!
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Dominique: Did you know Twister turns fifty this year?
Romeo: Fifty? Twister’s been around for fifty? The big five-oh?
Dominique: I loved playing that game when I was a kid.
Romeo: Probably your parents and their grandparents too.
Dominique: Yeah! I actually broke my wrist playing. It was pretty crazy.
Dominique: Yeah. It was actually passed down from my older cousin, and then my cousin after that, and then I got the game.
Romeo: Right, right.
Dominique: And needless to say, I didn’t win. I never won.
Romeo: You never won?
Romeo: Did you ever try to cheat?
Dominique: No! I think if I would have cheated, I wouldn’t have broken my wrist.
Romeo: Good point.
Dominique: It’s a very silly game.
Romeo: I think they call it a board game.
Dominique: I don’t understand that because it’s a mat...
Romeo: I know, right?
Dominique: ...and you don’t put it on the table, so…
Romeo: I like the “right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot.”
Dominique: You have to be very flexible to play that game.
Romeo: Like people who can do that Limbo, you know. You’ve got to be able to do that kind of stuff.
Dominique: You know what? I have it. Should I go get it?
Romeo: Go get it.
Dominique: Let’s do it!
Romeo: On the anniversary.
Dominique: All right!
Romeo: Let’s do it.
Dominique learned to play Twister as a little girl. The game was passed down from her cousins. She loved to play but she never won, maybe because she never tried to cheat. She even broke her wrist once when playing. When Romeo hears this, he tells her that she needs to stretch out before she gets all twisted up.
Romeo and Dominique are not sure if Twister is really a board game, since it’s played on a mat instead of a table. Dominique thinks it’s a silly game. Romeo thinks people need to be very flexible and bendy to play, or they might break something like Dominique did. Because this year is Twister’s fiftieth anniversary, they decide they’re going to play the game right now!
Do you play Twister? What kind of board games are popular where you live?