111 Summer

Kerri answers questions about summer where she grew up as a teenager.


Todd: Hey, Keri. Let's talk about summer.

Kerri: OK.

Todd: Do you like summer?

Kerri: Yes, I do.

Todd: OK. Why?

Kerri: Because it's warm, and blue skies, and fluffy white clouds.

Todd: That's true. Now, you grew up in Southern California. What was it like growing up on the beach in the summer?

Kerri: It was great. It was a lot of fun. It's nice.

Todd: Did you learn how to surf?

Kerri: I tried a couple of times but I didn't want to learn in the summer time cause the beaches are too crowded so I tried in the winter but the water is very cold so I gave up after a couple of tries.

Todd: Oh, really. Even in winter it's too cold, the water.

Kerri: Yeah, the Pacific's cold.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


Fluffy white clouds.

If a cloud is 'fluffy' it has the appearance of being very soft, like a pillow.  Notice the following:

  1. All the pillows and blankets on the bed were so fluffy that he fell asleep immediately.
  2. He gave his girlfriend a fluffy, stuffed bear for Valentine's Day.

grow up

You grew up in Southern California.

Where you 'grow up' is the place where you live for most of the time or for a long time when you are a child.  Notice the following:

  1. We moved a lot when I was a child, so I grew up all over the country.
  2. She was my neighbor when we were young.  We grew up together.


It was great. It was a lot of fun.

'Great' is a positive adjective similar to fantastic or wonderful.  Notice the following:

  1. The party was great.  All of my old friends were there.
  2. I had a great day today.

give up

The water is very cold so I gave up.

If you 'give up' trying to do something then you stop doing it because it is difficult and you don't think you will have success.  Notice the following:

  1. I know that Chemistry class is difficult, but don't give up.
  2. He tried to break the school record for three years, but finally he gave up.


I gave up after a couple of tries.

To be exact a 'couple' of tries means two tries, but we use this word to mean any number from two to four.  Notice the following:

  1. He has been waiting for me for a couple of hours now.
  2. There are a couple of eggs in the refrigerator.


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Complete the sentences with the words below.
fluffy • grew up • great
gave up • couple
  1. He in Mexico, but moved to Canada when he was seventeen.
  2. This coat is big, and warm.
  3. We all trying to learn Vietnamese after two classes.
  4. I think this is a place to take a vacation.
  5. I've only been to this cafe a of times.