Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Swimming in the River

Swimming in the River

Date: Aug 08 2008

Themes: Hobbies, Weather


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.

On a hot, summer day, you’ll find a lot of major cities deserted. Where did everyone go? They went swimming.

Of course, there isn’t a pool big enough for a whole town. So people go to the nearest river, lake or coast.

It’s fun to swim with the fish and be out in the wild. Listen to Marni and Mason talk about why they like to swim at the river.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Marni:  It is so hot out. Do you want to go down to the river?

Mason:  And go swimming?

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  Yes!

Marni:  Oh my God, let’s get out of here. It’s so hot.

Mason:  Swimming in rivers and the ocean is so much better than jumping in a pool or whatever.

Marni:  Absolutely. Absolutely.

Mason:  Now, why do you think so? Because not everyone would agree with you.

Marni:  Well, I like the whole natural environment. I like non-chlorinated, as long as it’s clean.

Mason:  Yeah? I mean, on a hot day like this, I love how cold it is.

Marni:  There’s something about it. You know, there’s a nice little current going and you bring a floating device. You’ve got yourself good times.

Mason:  I kind of love how exhausted I am afterwards. You’re fighting against that current and the cold really takes it out of you, but you feel…I feel really drained, but in a good way.

Marni:  And, best part about the river, if the two of us just go, we’re definitely going to make…

Mason:  We’ll walk away knowing like 10 people…

Marni:  Yeah, river friends.

Mason:  ...because really only crazy people in our modern society swim in rivers, so you’re automatically bonded.

Marni:  Absolutely. Yeah, totally. They usually have beer, so, you know…

Mason:  Excellent way to make friends.

Marni:  Yeah, exactly.



Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!


Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >


It’s hot so Marni and Mason decide to go swim in the river. Mason asks Marni why she likes to swim in the river because, he says, many people prefer to swim in swimming pools. She says that she likes the environment and that the water isn’t chlorinated.

Mason likes how cold the water is. Since most rivers come from snow, the water in them is usually colder than a swimming pool.

Another good reason to go to the river is to make new friends. There are always friendly people there with beer to share!

Where do you like to swim on a hot day?



Log in to Comment



Russian Federation

The city where I live is considered to be   cold  and rainy,  but it is only in autumn.  Summer is usually  sunny here, and some days are so hot, that  all the beaches are overcrowded and sometimes we can see people, swimming in  the Neva river, right at the center of the city , in spite of the fact  that the water is very polluted there.

I  think    Marni is right, and there is  something   about  it , when you are swimming  in the  cold river when it is hot  around, but only if the water is clean there, otherwise it is better to go to a swimming pool  to cool down.

07:30 PM Apr 23 2014 |



drinking beer and after jump into the river it’s not good idea

07:33 PM Mar 12 2013 |

1 person likes this



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like swimming because help me for Making my body style! :)

10:14 PM Sep 03 2012 |

1 person likes this




 Coollike swimming beacous type of sport very goodCool

03:16 PM Nov 12 2011 |



I am very good at swimming and like swimming in the sea.

08:55 PM Apr 03 2009 |




swimming in rivers or sea is much better that swimming in pool. I like swimm in sea it's really coolCool

03:25 PM Jan 11 2009 |



i like to swim

01:17 PM Aug 14 2008 |

Xiao xiao

Xiao xiao


I like swiming,but i can’t

08:36 AM Aug 14 2008 |



l like swimming very much.especially in the river or lake.i am from Heilongjiang,China.Wusuli River is near of our town.in summer,I often swim in the river,but i never swim in the sea.I hope some day i can swim in the sea.Wusuli River is between China and Russia,the water in it is very clear.it's one of the fewest river that not been polluted,and many trees and plants are on the both side of the river.it's terrific


08:43 AM Aug 13 2008 |



I like swimming very much.every summer, i went to the wusuli River to swim. it's terrific!the wusuli River is very clear.

08:34 AM Aug 13 2008 |


Viet Nam

very difficult to understand what they re talking about. They speak too fast! oh my god, if i dont see the dialogue, i dont understand

04:53 AM Aug 13 2008 |




Swimming is really wonderful ,but I am not good at swimming.Frown

01:48 AM Aug 13 2008 |



ı like swimming too but ı usually prefer  sea.But ı will try swimming in river ı think it will be more exciting than the others

11:42 AM Aug 12 2008 |




I went to river last sunday. I made rafting and swam. It has a so good time.

09:37 AM Aug 12 2008 |




love swimming



09:21 AM Aug 12 2008 |




it's an interesting topic

09:00 AM Aug 12 2008 |



   I like swimming.When I was a child ,I usually swam in the river before my house.But it disappeared with the development of my city.Thought I can swim in the nice swimming pool,I can find the happiness swimming in the river

07:55 AM Aug 12 2008 |



I prefer swimming in the pool to river. Staying in the swimming pool makes me feel safe. If swimming in a river or lake, maybe there're fish or snakes, that's scary. Beside the unknow animals, there's always a livesaver in a swimming pool. During hot summer, I like to go to swimming that's really very cool. Swimming is a very good sports because you can strentch you body, exercise your arms and legs. It's not a severe sport so you won't injure your joint or muscle. But it's easliy to get burned while swimming under the sun. So remember to use sunscreen.

03:51 AM Aug 12 2008 |



I like swimming too but I never swim in the river…so I think I want to do it someday.


02:11 AM Aug 12 2008 |

Jessica Behrens


Swimming in the river or  some waterfall is really excited!!

It's so healthy and, besides, I think the nature brings good vibes!

So its good for the soul! :D 

11:50 PM Aug 11 2008 |

Likes (54):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast