Monday, 23 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 84. Interview with an Adventure Sailor. Extra Listening


1. A

2. C

3. A

4. B

5. D

6. B

set off: to begin a journey. E.g. We set off for London just after ten.
set out to leave a place and begin a journey. E.g. They set out on the last stage of their journey.

perilous:  /ˈperələs/ very dangerous. E.g. a perilous adventure/ journey.

take somebody on to employ somebody. E.g. to take on new staff. She was taken on as a trainee.

comradeship /ˈkɒmreɪdʃɪp/ the feeling of friendship between people who live or work together, especially in a difficult situation. E.g. I also like the comradeship of working with someone.

unsung /ˌʌnˈsʌŋ/ not praised or famous but deserving to be. E.g. the unsung heroes of the war.
sort something/somebody/yourself out to deal with somebody's/ your own problems successfully. E.g. If you can wait a moment, I'll sort it all out for you. You load up the car and I'll sort the kids out.

driven: (of a person) determined to succeed, and working very hard to do so. E.g. Douglas was driven by a need to learn the truth.

single-handedlyon your own with nobody helping you. Alone. E.g. She single-handedly saved the town from disaster.
have a go (at something/at doing something) to make an attempt to do something. E.g. ‘I can't start the engine.’ ‘Let me have a go.’I'll have a go at fixing it tonight. 

hang-gliding: a sport in which you fly while hanging from a frame like a large kite which you control with your body movements. Sp. ala delta. E.g. to go hang-gliding.

kite-surfingthe sport of riding on water while standing on a short wide board and being pulled along by wind power, using a large kite.

take it/things easy to relax and avoid working too hard or doing too much. E.g. The doctor told me to take it easy for a few weeks.I like to take things easy when I'm on holiday.

ultimate: /ˈʌltɪmət/  1. happening at the end of a long process.  Final. E.g. our ultimate goal/ aim/ objective/ target 2. most extreme; best, worst, greatest, most important, etc. E.g. This race will be the ultimate test of your skill. Silk sheets are the ultimate luxury. Nuclear weapons are the ultimate deterrent.
scratch the surface (of something) to deal with, understand, or find out about only a small part of a subject or problem. E.g. We left feeling that we had just scratched the surface of this fascinating country.

drive: to make someone determined to do something. E.g. We want to find out what drives a successful businesswoman like Sylvia.  Douglas was driven by a need to learn the truth.
have your hands full to be very busy or too busy to do something else. E.g. She certainly has her hands full with four kids in the house. 

dinghy:  /ˈdɪŋi/ a small open boat that you sail or row. E.g. a sailing dinghy.

take something/somebody on to decide to do something; to agree to be responsible for something/ somebody. E.g. I can't take on any extra work. We're not taking on any new clients at present.

be down to: be attributable to (a particular factor or circumstance). E.g. he claimed his problems were down to the media.

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