Some people love to get back to nature, going camping, hiking or fishing. They enjoy being with trees and animals. How about you? Have you tried fishing before? First, you need to learn how to swim, or make sure you go someplace with a lifeguard!
A: If it’s a nice day tomorrow, I’ll have a barbecue. Care to join me?
B: Sorry, if the weather’s good, my husband and I will go fishing.
A: That sounds good. I’ve never tried fishing. Where’ll you go?
B: I’m not sure. My husband likes fishing. This will be my first time. I think we’ll go to a lake and fish from a boat. They stock it with fish.
A: So, you’ll be sure to catch something. That sounds like a nice thing to do.
B: Well, if you’re free, please join us. We’d be happy to have you along. We can spend a few hours getting back to nature and enjoying the fresh air.
A: Thanks, but I can’t spend a few hours without a washroom. I drink a lot of coffee.
B: Don’t worry, if you need the washroom, just go behind a tree. And they have port-a-potties everywhere.
A: Great. If I could swim, I would come, but I’m afraid I’ll drown.
B: No sweat, if the boat capsizes, you’ll have on a life jacket and there’ll be a lifeguard.
A: Yes, but I don’t have a fishing pole. If I had fishing gear, I’d join you.
B: Relax, if you don’t have any equipment, you can rent it there. They have everything you need. They even have electronic fish finders.
A: That sounds cool. But, I’m squeamish. If I didn’t have to touch worms or bait a hook, I’d come, but that’s part of fishing.
B: That’s okay, if you don’t want to do that; I’ll do it for you. It doesn’t bother me. I can clean your fish for you, if you like.
A: Thanks. If you really want me to come, I’d be happy to. But, are you sure I won’t be disturbing you? Like they say, two’s company, three’s a crowd!
B: That’s why I want you to come. If I have to spend 4 hours alone talking with my husband, we’ll start to argue for sure!
1. barbecue: 烧烤野餐会。
2. no sweat: 〈美俚〉不用担心。
3. fishing pole: 钓竿。
4. fish finder: 鱼(群)探测器，能够帮助钓鱼者发现鱼儿的位置。
5. bait: 置饵于(钩上、陷阱中等);hook: 挂钩，吊钩。
1. care to a. join us when we go
2. stock b. two people are good together, three are too many
3. have sb. along c. wear
4. get back to nature d. enjoy away from city, such as in parks or
5. spend a few hours e. temporary toilet outside
6. port-a-potty f. someone who works to help swimmers who are in
trouble or danger
7. capsize g. business puts fish in lake for customers to take
8. have on h. boat turns upside down in water
9. life jacket i. don’t like to see or touch disgusting things
10. lifeguard j. good idea! Fun!
11. gear k. use some time
12. cool l. Would you like to...?
13. squeamish m. wear this to stay up in water in emergency
14. doesn’t bother me n. things that are used in this sport or hobby
15. two’s company, three’s a crowd o. some people don’t like it, I’m okay
Answers: 1–l, 2–g, 3–a, 4–d, 5–k, 6–e, 7–h, 8–c, 9–m, 10–f, 11–n, 12–j, 13–i, 14–o, 15–b
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