79 Adventure

Various people discuss adventures they would like to take.

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Lori / Canada
speakerOh, right now, the adventure I am planning is an extensive trip in Southeast Asia. I've always dreamed of going to Angor Wat, so I want to see that place before it's been overrun with too many tourists.

Chris / England
speakerWell, I always said that I wanted to try parachute jumping, and I had the chance when I was in high school to do that but my dad stopped me going in the end because he said ... well, I'm quite a big guy - quite heavy ... and so, he was like, "Well, if you want to do it, then you really should lose a bit of weight because, you know, you're gonna fall and you're gonna shatter your legs" so he was very supportive of my dream, so in the future I think I'd like to try that, but maybe I should lose some weight.

Aki / Japan
speakerI want to go to Antartica and maybe go on a dog sleigh. I don't like the cold weather, but I want to experience that sleigh and actually I want to go on the dog sleigh for my honeymoon and experience Antartica with my husband.

Amir / Iran
speakerI would like to do skydiving, yeah. Skydiving, because I have acrophobia. This would be the biggest adventure I could can take. Just falling from the airplane for a few minutes. You know, now silence there. It would be strengthening me from inside, doing this adventure.

Helen / Canada
speakerWell, I would really like to go cycling somewhere like Nepal or something like that, where there's lots of rugged mountains and beautiful scenery. I don't think I'm in shape enough to do it just now but maybe some time in the future, when I have more time to work out and stuff.

Eoin / England
speakerA big adventure I'd like to do is another long-distance cycling trip. Previously I cycled around Japan - a few areas in Japan ... a cycle trip around Europe. I think I'd like to do a huge trip from somewhere in Europe to somewhere in Asia and maybe like England across to Beijing or something like that.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lessons



I'm planning an extensive trip.

Here, the word 'extensive' is used to mean a long period of time.  It can also be used to talk about almost any large project.  Notice the following:

  1. He's taken extensive leave for his illness.
  2. The team will conduct extensive research and testing.




It's been overrun with tourists.

If a place is 'overrun' it means there are too many people, animals or plants.  It is like an invasion. It's most often negative.  Notice the following:

  1. The camp is overrun with refugees.
  2. During the sale, the mall was overrun with shoppers.

dog sleigh


I want to go on a dog sleigh.

A 'dog sleigh' is a kind of transport without wheels that is made for traveling over snow and is pulled along by dogs.  Notice the following:

  1. I'd love to travel Canada by dog sleigh!
  2. My girlfriend feels sorry for sleigh dogs.



I have acrophobia.

People with 'acrophobia' have extreme fear of high places.  They could never, for example, go skydiving.  Notice the following:

  1. My brother has acrophobia.
  2. Doctors can't explain acrophobia.

rugged mountains


There's lots of rugged mountains.

'Rugged mountains' are high and difficult to travel through.  Notice the following:

  1. I've hiked the rugged mountains of the Himalayas.
  2. Our train slowly made its way through the rugged mountains.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
extensive • overrun • dog sleigh
acrophobia • rugged
  1. There is so much snow here in the winter that a is the best way to travel.
  2. She has done research on methods for teaching language.
  3. Our bike ride today will be more difficult than yesterday because the trail is .
  4. The yard at her house is completely by weeds.
  5. His is so bad that he can't even climb a ladder to change a light bulb.