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Hula Hoops

Hula Hoops

Date: Apr 25 2005


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.

This lesson is about an old fad that is coming back, hula hooping!
There are so many people doing it, a local newspaper decided to write an article about it.


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




Steph:  Hey John. Did you read about the hula hoops in the paper this week?

John:  Hula hoops? You mean the thing that you spin around on your waist?

Steph:  Yeah. You can spin it on your waist, on your neck, on your wrists, on your ankles. It doesn’t matter.

John:  I used to do that when I was a little kid. What’s going on with the paper now?

Steph:  Well, they’re coming back into style for adults. Ya know, they’ve always been popular for kids. But now, like, big people are using them.

John:  Seriously?

Steph:  Seriously. They’re great exercise. They can burn like 600 calories an hour.

John:  Just for jiggling your hips back and forth.

Steph:  Yeah. It’s crazy and people are meeting in the park and, like, hula hooping for fun.

John:  Wow. I wanna check that out. So are you into it now?

Steph:  Oh yeah. I’ve been into it for years. I love it.

John:  That’s cool.

Steph:  Yeah. We meet at the park and stuff and hula hoop and it’s fun.

John:  Will you teach me?

Steph:  Uh, I could try. I’ll bring my hula hoop next week.

John:  Ok.



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The modern hula hoop was invented by a company called Wham-o in 1958. It is a simple round tube that people spin around their bodies.
It’s pretty easy to learn and you can have fun for hours!
Try it sometime. It’s a lot of fun!


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