857 Tampa, Florida
Mike talks about living in Florida and what is nice and not nice about living there.
Mike: Good! How are you?
Mari: I'm alright. So you're from Florida right?
Mike: Well, actually, I went to college in Florida.
Take the Interactive Audio Quiz
Mari: Why did you choose Florida?
Mike: Well, the weather is similar to Hawaii, where I'm from, and I also got a scholarship to play soccer.
Mari: Oh, wow, so you play soccer.
Mike: Yeah, I played midfield for my college for four years.
Mari: Wow, you must be really good.
Mike: I don't know about that.
Mari: Where was your university?
Mike: It was in the Tampa Bay area, right on the bay, on Tampa Bay, and it's surrounded by the city of Tampa and Clearwater.
Mari: So what is there to do in Tampa Bay?
Mike: There's a lot of things. You can go fishing, boating, sailing, or kayaking. We used to do all of that when I was there.
Mari: Wow, sounds like a really great city.
Mike: Yeah, it was really fun if you like the outdoors type of thing.
Mari: Do you think it's the best city in Florida?
Mike: Yeah, I think it's a good location. It's right in the middle of Florida so you can go to Miami. It's a few hours away drive, or to Orlando, that has Disneyworld.
Mari: Wow. Sounds like a really great place. Can you tell me about the weather?
Mike: The weather's really nice in Florida most of the year, which is one reason why I went from Hawaii but in the summer time it gets really hot and when it gets hot you really need air-conditioning, but that's not problem.
Mari: Does it rain?
Mike: Actually in the summertime, there's really bad lighting storms. It's always... It lasts for about half an hour but it's always between three and five o'clock in the evening.
Mari: Sounds pretty scary?
Mike: Yeah, but when you're inside it's OK. It's kind of cool to watch.
Mari: Is there something you don't like about Florida?
Mike: The only thing I don't like is the bugs. There's so many bugs, especially during summer time. And really scary ants, and bugs you can't even see and they end up biting you.
Mari: Wow. Sounds pretty scary.
Mike: Yeah, but as long as you have bug repellant when you go outside in the summer, there's no problem.
I got a scholarship to play soccer.
A 'scholarship' is an amount of money given to someone by a school or organization to help pay for their education. Notice the following:
- I'm on a football scholarship.
- She won a full scholarship to Harvard.
It lasts for about half an hour.
'Half an hour' is a time expression that means 30 minutes. Notice the following:
- I'll be back in a half an hour.
- The show starts in half an hour.
There's so many bugs.
'Bug' is an informal name for an insect. Notice the following:
- The bugs drove us crazy.
- She's scared of crawly bugs.
They end up biting you.
The phrase 'end up' describes the situation or result that follows an action, event or activity. Notice the following:
- We ended up staying in a hotel.
- I often end up falling asleep when I read.
As long as you have bug repellent, it's no problem.
'Repellent' is a substance that keeps insects away. In this case, it's a liquid we rub on our skin. Notice the following:
- Don't forget the insect repellent.
- You need insect repellent at night.
Below are some more great lessons!
ended up • repellent