Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!


Learn English with this snorkeling English lesson

Date: Dec 14 2018

Themes: Holidays, Travel

Grammar: Past Perfect Tense


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

Our oceans are vast, full of tropical fish of all sizes, beautiful reefs, various plants, and a whole lot more. The ocean has a remarkable ecosystem unlike any other ecosystem that we know of. People who learn to scuba dive or go snorkeling see an underwater world so different from life above water that it looks like another planet.

Is there anything to be afraid of in the ocean? Well, sure. There are sharks, of course, and a few other creatures that might bite or sting you if you get in the way. But most marine animals won’t hurt people. They’re afraid of us and just want to be safe. If you don’t know how to swim, that’s a problem, but if you do, the ocean is an amazing world to explore.

Jeff is afraid of swimming in the ocean, and Marni is trying to change his mind. Find out why in today’s English lesson about snorkeling.


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:  My last vacation, which… now, let me tell you, was a long time ago… one of the best things that I did that I’d never done before was go snorkeling.

Jeff:  Oh, man.

Marni:  Isn’t it incredible?

Jeff:  I really want to. I’ve never gone before.

Marni:  You haven’t?

Jeff:  No, I’m scared of the ocean.

Marni:  Oh, no! Oh, it’s amazing. You just see this vast ecosystem underwater that you’ve never seen before. It’s just remarkable. All the reefs, and all the different tropical fish…

Jeff:  I love marine life. My little sister, she’s a marine biologist.

Marni:  Really?

Jeff:  Yeah. And she knows how to scuba dive. And snorkel, obviously. I’m really jealous, but I’m scared.

Marni:  And you’ve never done it? You’re really that scared?

Jeff:  Yeah.

Marni:  Oh. You’ve got to try it. It’s just so extraordinary. You just feel like you’re on another planet. It’s so peaceful and relaxing.

Jeff:  It seems like it, yeah.

Marni:  I think you should try.

Jeff:  I’m going to try and work my way up to it.

Marni:  Yeah. I absolutely think it’s worth it, because it’s like nothing else you can experience on earth.

Jeff:  This is encouraging.

Marni:  Good, good.

Jeff:  Thank you.


Grammar Point

Go Super to learn "Past Perfect Tense" from this lesson Go Super!


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 >


Go Super to Listen Go Super!

Marni is truly excited to talk about her experience with snorkeling. She loved seeing the ocean this way, because there’s a lot going on underwater. All of the different fish and the reefs make the ocean seem like another planet to Marni. It was an amazing experience for her.

Jeff appreciates how incredible it would be to see all the marine life in the ocean. Unfortunately, he’s afraid to swim in it. Even though his sister’s job is all about the animals found in the sea, Jeff isn’t comfortable with the idea of snorkeling. One day he hopes to try it, but he’s just not ready yet.

Have you ever been snorkeling? What was it like? Would you like to snorkel again?



Log in to Comment


bora_78Super Member!


Hi all,

When I was teenage I could have loved snorkelling but,I am doing spearfishing and free-diving now.My friend had encouraged to me before I didn’t start.It’s been my vast hobby,I like seeing reefs and fish.As well as,I want to try scuba diving one day because ,if you make scuba diving you can go down more deep and you can stay under the water more a long time.

08:38 AM Dec 14 2018 |

1 person likes this




I hadn’t been snorkeling, but I have been scuba dive. _
My wife and I had been scuba dive at Racha Island Phuket in August 2013.
This is my first to scuba dive, only time until now.
It’s a wonderful experience, I had never seen so many marine creatures in the ocean.
Perhaps, someday, I have a chance for scuba dive again.

07:54 AM Dec 14 2018 |

1 person likes this




I´ve been snorkeling a few times with my wife while we´ve been on our summer holidays.We went to Tunis,Maroco,but so far , Egypt has been the most remarkable snorkeling experience for us yet.The reefs were so pretty,colorfull and the fish too.

Can´t wait to snorkeling again…

I have to share this : http://natureisspeaking.org/theocean.html

07:04 AM Nov 14 2014 |

1 person likes this




I love snorkeling. It’s a magic world for me. You can swim with colorful underwater life for hours. It’s like  in a movie with the coolest high tech effects. Plus you can touch a fish. But! be careful with some of them. Actually is hard  to know. Once I touch a coral reef and was poisoned. The scars from it were minor, but they were growing. On the 7th day I got scared. Luckily they fade away within two weeks. ;) but I turned into a cat ;))

03:34 PM Nov 12 2014 |




When I was in Spain and Turkey I did some snorkeling. It is fantastic to observe the marine life in the sea. I hope I can get to any sea again and of course, I will try snorkeling again.

12:54 PM Nov 12 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Snorkeling?! It’ll be fantastic.

Give It A Go.

12:32 PM Nov 12 2014 |




I have been snorkeling,at least i could have done it once in my life.It was during a trip to Maui,Hawaii. One of the attractions is booking a boat trip out to Molokini, a crater volcan island not far away from the coast, and here is where the fun begins, snorkeling and scuba diving,the gear? no problem !! it is provided by the boat company, as well as floating devices to which i am thankful for, otherwise i might not be around today.  As i Am not good at scuba diving (and a little afraid) i did snorkeling,what can i say about the experience? Unforgettable,the multi-colored marine life i could see it was like magic to my eyes. I like to come back to Molokini and splash in its crystal waters  again. 

09:17 AM Nov 12 2014 |




i have never done that, i know swimming though.  But i would love to do it this year or next year for sure.

07:47 AM Nov 12 2014 |




New tip for me.
work one’s way up to it expr.

07:09 AM Nov 12 2014 |




No, I have never been snorkeling but maybe I will do it one day. I am not a good swimmer at all and it stops me from scuba diving. Though I have heard that skills of swimming are not needed for snorkeling. The main thing there is a correct breath and no phobia of water. :-)

Owing to my friend, Julito I open for myself great videos of talking nature. 

Listen what ocean says:


05:19 AM Nov 12 2014 |



Snorkeling is really amazing. You can get in touch with the marine life – somewhere we are not used to see in our day by day. Better than snorkeling is scuba diving – a remarkable experience that allow you to know colofful reefs, different species of animals – and all them creatures seem to be floatin in the water!

If you are afraid of go deep in the sea, you can start snorkeling. You just need a mask and I really recommend you to take a waterproof camera to register all the amazing moments down there. And anytime you feel uncomfortable, you can raise your head, as you normally are in the sea. 

03:46 AM Nov 12 2014 |

Likes (13):

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