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Date: Aug 06 2010

Themes: Hobbies, Sports

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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There is nothing better than going for a dip on a hot summer day. Whether you prefer swimming in a pool, a river, or the sea, getting into the water can be a fun and relaxing way to cool off.

Swimming is also a great form of exercise. And when you get tired, you can lounge in the sun and work on your tan. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Listen as Marni and Jeff make plans to go swimming.



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Jeff:  Hey Marni, it’s a pretty nice day outside. What would you feel about going for a swim?

Marni:  I love swimming. That would be great. I’m not very good at it, though. I kind of doggy paddle and things like that. But if you’ll hold my hand through it, I’d love to go.

Jeff:  Just as long as we can go for a dip.

Marni:  Yes.

Jeff:  That’s generally how I enjoy swimming. I don’t swim for exercise normally, although I understand the benefits of it.

Marni:  Right, I don’t know how to do that either. I’m not a very advanced swimmer. But I do enjoy going for a dip. Should we go to a public pool or do you like going to the lake to go swimming?

Jeff:  I’m not a real huge fan of public pools, chlorine, itchy eyes. You can use your imagination for the rest. But the river or the lake, those aren’t necessarily clean these days either. But I prefer those.

Marni:  OK.

Jeff:  The natural environment.

Marni:  Well, let’s go for that.

Jeff:  Sounds good.


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Jeff asks Marni if she wants to go swimming. Marni loves to swim, although she isn’t a strong swimmer. Luckily, Jeff isn’t a very serious swimmer either. He does it for fun and to cool off, not for exercise.

Jeff would rather go swimming in a lake or river than in a public pool. The chemicals in pools make his eyes itch, and he doesn’t think pools are very clean. So Marni and Jeff agree to go swimming outside, in a natural river or lake.

Do you like to go swimming? Where do you prefer to swim? Do you swim for exercise, or just for fun?



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Saudi Arabia

me too, i love swimming but I am not a strong swimmer hahaha

05:24 AM Aug 06 2010 |




I love swimming,although I can't swim! Haha,but going for a dip kind of relax for me  as long as that I've got a rubber ringCool

04:45 AM Aug 06 2010 |




I really like swimming and I would like to do it more often like a discipline but I don't like to have to shower in public bathrooms and those kind of things 

04:24 AM Aug 06 2010 |




I love swimming,and often go to swim in the public pool ,but I am still not good at it.

03:54 AM Aug 06 2010 |



Viet Nam

hey, i hate swimming. it’s wrong with my ears. haiz, i always have to keep my ears from water.

03:23 AM Aug 06 2010 |

laura, baby!


I love to go swimming, when is summer I go to the sea for fun! And now, when it´s winter, I swim for exercise, for me is the best way of exercise, you can also lounge in the water for a long time, I agree is like fly..

01:36 AM Aug 06 2010 |




i love

12:51 AM Aug 06 2010 |




I swins for exercise and to relax …

12:36 AM Aug 06 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

i love  swimming its like to fly

07:05 AM Aug 01 2010 |



I love swiming,but at least when i go to the pool with a friend i used to make jokes in the pool or try not to be a strict swimer… 

09:31 PM Jul 31 2010 |

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