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Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting

Learn English meaning of 'whitewater rafting'

Date: Aug 02 2019

Themes: Hobbies, Sports

Grammar: Imperative Form

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Do you ever throw caution to the wind and do something crazy? What ways do you like to get an adrenaline rush? For many people, rafting can be a fun way to get outside and get one’s heart rate up, too.

The scenery is often very beautiful when rafting. You can take a guided tour, or go by yourself for a more intense experience. Most of the time you can just relax and enjoy the ride. Just make sure you don’t go overboard during the rapids!

Jessica and Gary are talking about rafting. Find out why Gary is scared in today’s English lesson about going down the river.

Dialog

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Jessica

Jessica

Gary

Gary

Jessica:  Gary, I am so excited that it’s getting so warm out. Because I am going to go whitewater rafting.

Gary:  I don’t know if I could throw caution to the wind like that and just get in a boat and hop in some water.

Jessica:  You’ve never been rafting before, at all?

Gary:  It’s terrifying. It’s got to be an intense experience.

Jessica:  Well, I would say it’s an adrenaline rush, but in a good way. It’s intense, but it’s beautiful. The scenery, while you’re out there on the rapids, it’s just…

Gary:  I feel like I’d need to put on two life jackets just to be safe.

Jessica:  Oh, it’s safe. They teach you how to do everything, and they go through the instructions of what happens if you go overboard.

Gary:  Oh, no!

Jessica:  But I’ve never had anything like that happen. And it’s a lot of fun.

Gary:  How long is a ride, normally?

Jessica:  Well, it depends on how many people you have, and also your location. I’ve been on a few long rafting trips, but they were all guided. So there was somebody sitting at the front of the raft, helping us.

Gary:  Wow. Well, have fun!

Jessica:  Thank you. I’ll send you pictures.

 

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Jessica is excited to go rafting this summer. She thinks it is an adrenaline rush and loves how beautiful the scenery is. Jessica is surprised that Gary has never been rafting, and promises to send him some pictures from her trip.

Gary thinks rafting is terrifying. He says that he couldn’t just throw caution to the wind and get on a boat like Jessica. He says that if he did go rafting, he would want to wear two life jackets just to be safe! Gary is probably a little more scared than he needs to be.

Have you ever been rafting? Did you like it?

 

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diegorogu

diegorogu

Colombia

I have been rafting before in San Jose, which is the capital of Costa Rica.  My partner and I were visiting San Jose and decided to throw caution to the wind and get and adrenaline rush.  I must say that at first I was terrefied.  Before we started our jorney, the guide told us to pay close attention to the instructions or that otherwise we could die in th eriver.  Therefore, it was a pretty intense experience, but I enjoyed at the end. 

02:40 PM Aug 06 2019 |

diegorogu

diegorogu

Colombia

I have been rafting before in San Jose, which is the capital of Costa Rica.  My partner and I were visiting San Jose and decided to throw caution to the wind and get and adrenaline rush.  I must say that at first I was terrefied.  Before we started our jorney, the guide told us to pay close attention to the instructions or that otherwise we could die in th eriver.  Therefore, it was a pretty intense experience, but I enjoyed at the end. 

11:34 PM Aug 03 2019 |

Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Rafting is the best!

11:34 PM Aug 02 2019 |

jhydo

jhydo

Nigeria

I’d like to throw caution in the wind like jessica

10:44 PM Aug 02 2019 |

katooja 1 4 all

South Africa

throw caution to the wind , overcome your fear and control the nature by your own rules


 


try doing this and keep safe


 

10:13 AM Jul 25 2015 |

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majiaoqin

majiaoqin

China

rafting is so wonderful and I have been rafting,I like it.

11:39 PM Jul 22 2015 |

jef_maiko

jef_maiko

Brazil

I habe never been rafting, but I would like to…It would be an exciting experience.

04:08 PM Jul 22 2015 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

I have never gone  rafting and there is a scant chance that i will ever practice this extreme sport. Throw caution to the wind it is not for me ,  I have climbed with a friend a mountain in Washington State , what i remember from this experience is fear ,even the thought of it creeps me out .  It was me , a false step  and 300 hundred  meters below… death. Bye, bye.

03:28 PM Jul 22 2015 |

shahriyar_1985

Azerbaijan

I would like to do rafting, I have never been!! 

12:45 PM Jul 22 2015 |

s11211s

s11211s

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have never been rafting. Part of me likes the adrenaline rush and throw caution to the wind to new experience and fun. But the other part of me thinks rafting is terrifying and prefer to be on safe ground.



But in general I like new experience, one day maybe I tray rafting on the river, It seems to be so interesting. If there is no any change in our life it will be so frustrating, sometimes if we can, throwing caution to the wind could be useful for us, to being refresh and happy.

12:27 PM Jul 22 2015 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

ı dream it ..wonderful extreme nature sports..high adrenaline..crazy moments on the whitewaters..fear of falling ..challenge to nature and its powerful waters..


ı have not been rafting..but ı would want to try it )))


 

ola33

ola33

Japan

I haven’t come over from the mountain skiing and now a new challenge, whitewater rafting. I don’t have that much adrenaline left:) but I can take goggles in case to be thrown overboard,  just to have a look what lies beneath. Hopefully bears will not bother me:)

Temulen

Mongolia

I havent been whitewater rafting experience, but I just want to throw caution in the wind. However listening to two guys dialog I wanna confront the ride as well.

09:32 AM Jul 22 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Last summer some of us got together and went to Kithulgala, a very famous place for whitewater rafting in Sri Lanka.


I was very thrilled and didn’t worry that much about throwing caution to the wind. But when I went closer to Kelani river and saw some people almost throwing their life to the water, I got cold feet and chickened out at the last minute.


Then I settled for flatwater rafting which wasn’t as adventurous as whitewater rafting, but at least I didn’t have to worry about going overboard and becoming food for the crocodiles. 



La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I prefer to be on the safe side. If I threw my caution to the wind and had a risky experience and something bad came over, that will leave a trace behind like a bad memory I would never forget and I will be phobic against the whole process and maybe risking in general.

02:45 AM Jul 22 2015 |

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