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intensive • in the woods • take walks 
stress relief • get back out
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49 Nature
Kevin shares his thougths about nature and why he likes it so much.

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intensive course

I'm teaching an intensive English course up here.

An 'intensive course' in something is a class that is given for many hours a day for a short period of time.  The idea is that you will learn a lot in a short time.  Notice the following:

  1. She is teaching an intensive drawing course this summer.
  2. I took an intensive Spanish course when I first moved to Peru.

in the woods

Sometimes, I go for a jog in the woods.

'The woods' or 'the forest' is a natural place where there are a lot of trees and many animals live.  Notice the following:

  1. They are building a cabin in the woods.
  2. I love biking in the woods.

take walks

I enjoy taking walks in the woods.

To ' take a walk' is to go for a walk for exercise and your health.  You are not walking to anywhere in particular, but just walking for the experience of walking.  Notice the following:

  1. We used to take walks around the lake.
  2. He loves to take walks with his dogs.

stress relief

The best thing about being in nature is the stress relief it provides.

Something that gives 'stress relief' is something that reduces or takes away stress that you feel in your life.  Notice the following:

  1. Many stress relief candles smell like peppermint.
  2. I really enjoy stress relief massages.

get back out

It's just nice to get back out into nature.

To 'go back out' is to return to a place you have visited or spent time in before.  We frequently use this in a general sense, not referring to any particular place.  Notice the following:

  1. You need to get back out there and find a job.
  2. It was difficult for him to get back out on the road after the accident.