|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Describe typical clothing people wear for each season of the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter.
HELPFUL TIP: Wearing the right clothing for the proper occasion is important. However, cultural rules in other countries might be different from your own. Ask for advice so you do things right.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions based on the information you hear. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Ashley: Hey, Jake. Are you ready for your trip?
Jake: Well, not really. I still have to buy some clothes.
Ashley: Well, what’s the weather like where you’re going?
Jake: Well, uh, it’s really hot in the summer, so I’m going to buy some shorts, sandals, and a few t-shirts.
Ashley: What about the rest of the year?
Jake: People say that the fall can still be warm until November, so I’m going to buy some jeans and a few casual shirts.
Ashley: Will you need any warm clothes for the winter?
Jake: Well, the weather doesn’t get too cold, but it often snows in the mountains, so I’m going to buy a couple of warm sweaters, a jacket, and a hat. I don’t have room in my suitcase to pack a coat, so I’m going to wait until I get there and buy it when I really need it.
Ashley: Are you going to take anything else?
Jake: They say it rains cats and dogs in the spring, but again, I’ll probably just wait and pick up a raincoat or an umbrella later on. But, I’m going to take a good pair of shoes because I plan on walking to and from school everyday.
Ashley: Do you need any clothing for formal occasions?
Jake: Well, you never know when you might needs something on the spur of the moment for a wedding or maybe someone’s graduation, or a nice date, so I’ll probably take some nice slacks, a dress shirt, and a couple (of) crazy ties or two.
Ashley: Um, that makes sense.
Jake: And I’ll just rent a suit or tuxedo if I need anything more formal. Hey, maybe I’ll get married.
Ashley: You? Married? Hah!
Jake: Wait. What are you trying to say?
Ashley: I just can’t imagine you decked out in a tuxedo for any formal occasion. [What?!] I mean, for high school graduation, you wore an old pair of jeans and tennis shoes.
Jake: Hey, there was a reason for that, so let me explain. [Yeah, ha, ha.] No, really. You see, it goes like this . . .
Key Vocabulary [Top]
- rest (noun): what is left over after everything else has be used, eaten, etc.
– Wow. Your suitcase is already full of shirts and shoes. What are you going to do with the rest of your clothing?
- room (noun): space
– Do you have any room in your backpack for a couple more books?
- pack (verb): fill a suitcase, box, or another container
– You’d better start packing your bags tonight so we don’t have to rush out the door tomorrow.
- rain cats and dogs (idiom): rain very hard
– Last night, I was walking home from work when it began raining cats and dogs. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my umbrella with me.
- pick up (phrasal verb): buy something
– Could you pick up some white socks from the store on your way home from work?
- formal occasion (noun): an important event where people wear special clothing and behave politely
– I sometimes rent a tuxedo for formal occasions. I don’t want to buy one that I will only wear once every few years.
- on the spur of the moment (idiom): without planning or preparation
– She always makes decisions on the spur of the moment, so you never know what she’s planning.
- slacks (noun): good-quality pants
– You don’t have to wear a suit to the event, but you might want to wear a pair of nice slacks and a conservative tie.
- make sense (idiom): have a clear meaning or a sensible explanation
– It makes sense to ask teachers to wear a nice shirt and tie to work.
- be decked out (idiom): dressed in formal clothes for special occasions
– Everyone was shocked when my brother came to the barbecue decked out in a white tuxedo. Then, we realized he came to propose to his girlfriend.