Listen to five speakers talking about vacations they didn’t enjoy.
Speaker 1: When I was 7, I went on vacation with my parents to Brittany, in France.My parents rented a nice house on the beach, and the weather was great We went for a delicious meal for my birthday, but I was miserable. I wanted to be with my friends, and I didn’t smile once in two weeks!
Speaker 2: A few years ago, I went to visit an old school friend, but I didn’t enjoy the weekend at all. At school we got along really well, but now she has two small children, so she didn’t want to go out. I spent a very boring two days in her house watching TV. I don’t think I’m going to visit her again.
Speaker 3: It’s really hot where we live, so we always try to goon vacation where it’s cool. Last year, we booked a vacation in Canada, but we arrived in the middle of a heat wave. It was awful because there was no air-conditioning anywhere. We just sat in cafes and argued all day. We can do that at home!
Speaker 4: When finished college, I went on a cruise around the Mediterranean with some friends from my classes. We wanted to celebrate the end of our exams. As soon as we left the port, I started feeling seasick. I spent the whole week in bed, and I hated every minute of the cruise.
Speaker 5: Three years ago, I broke up with my boyfriend, so l decided to go on an expensive vacation on my own to the Seychelles. Unfortunately, the travel agent didn’t tell me that the islands were popular with couples on their honeymoon. Everywhere looked, there were people holding hands, and I felt very lonely.
Listen to a conversation between Matt and Jenny about a photo.
Jenny: What should we do this afternoon, Matt?
Matt: I know!Let’s take a look at that box of photos my aunt gave me yesterday. .Here it is. .Oh, look at that!
Jenny: Who’s that?
Matt: That’s my grandfather. And that’s my grandmother behind him on the right. She’s the one in the flowery dress. It was just after they got married, before they had any children. My aunt told me all about this photo a few years ago.
Jenny: So, where are they?
Matt: Well, as you know my dad is Spanish. My grandparents lived in the center of Madrid, and this photo was taken in the district where they lived.
Jenny: What’s going on exactly?
Matt: Well. there’s a festival there called La Paloma”. It takes place in the middle of August every year, and it still happens now. There are lots of stalls selling food and also stalls where you can win a prize.
Jenny: So, what was your grandfather trying to win?
Matt: He was trying to win a bracelet for my grandmother He was shooting at a target at the stall, and all those people were watching him.
Jenny: Do you know any of the other people in the photo?
Matt: No, I don’t. But I think they all lived near my grandfather.
Jenny: Who took the photo?
Matt: The man at the stall. The photo was included in the price. You had three chances to hit the target, and you got the photo for free.
Jenny: It’s a great photo. think your grandfather was very good-looking!
Matt: That’s what everyone says!
Listen to a radio program about people who had lucky escapes.
Host: Hello, and welcome to the program. Today, we’re looking at lucky escapes, and Nick Williams from the news desk is here to tell us some amazing stories. Nick?
Nick: Hi, Gloria. Well, my first story is about a tourist who fell into a volcano. Maureen Evason was walking at the top of the Teide volcano in Tenerife, when she tripped and fell. She fell 80 feet until she hit a tree, which stopped her fall and saved her life. The rescue operation took nearly four hours, and after that, Maureen spent two months in the hospital before she could go home.
Host: Lucky Maureen! What else do you have for us?
Nick: Joseph Rabadue had a lucky escape when he was at home watching TV. Joseph was sitting on the floor, so his father told him to go and sit on the sofa. Five minutes later, a truck crashed into their living room, and threw the family television into the air. The TV
then landed on the exact spot where Joseph had been on the floor before.
Host: What a lucky escape! Do you have anymore?
Nick: Yes, just one more for now. One Saturday morning, Barry McRoy was leaving a cafe when two men came in. The men were fighting, and one of them had a gun. The man fired, and the bullet hit Barry in the chest. Luckily, he had a DVD in the pocket of his jacket at the time, and the DVD stopped the bullet.Barry McRoy is a very lucky man.
Host: Absolutely!So, now it’s time for you, the listeners, to call in and tell us about your own experiences. And here’s our first caller.