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Off to Switzerland

Christophe tries to convince Aiste to go to Switzerland.

Christophe: Hey, Aiste, I know you're not really into running, but would you like join me running a marathon?

Aiste: Join you running a marathon? What do you mean?

Christophe: Well, actually, next week I am going to run a marathon in Switzerland, so right now I'm going alone all by myself. I have nobody to go with me, so I was thinking maybe you would like to go with me. Join me, so I'm not alone.

Aiste: Oh, next week, yes, we have a holiday and actually I was thinking I have no plans for this holiday. And Switzerland, that sounds like a wonderful country. How are we going to get there?

Christophe: Well, I was thinking of taking the train from Brussels, so we just take the train around eight o'clock in the evening, and when we arrive there in the morning, we can have a nice sleep during the night on the train and, well, just next morning we are there.

Aiste: Oh, that sounds great. Definitely. Can you tell me more about the marathon? What type of marathon it is, and how are you planning to do that?

Christophe: Well, actually, it's a mountain marathon. It's quite interesting. It's not just like a flat marathon. It goes from 500 meter altitude to 2,300 meters altitude, so the finish is close to a glacier. It's really very impressive. I think you will like it.

Aiste: Oh, that sounds really difficult. Are you sure, you're prepared for that?

Christophe: Oh, yeah, I prepared three months for this marathon. I put a lot of work into it. It was a lot of training, so I think I will be fine, but what about you? Will you run it too?

Aiste: No, no no no. NO way. I don't think I can run the marathon, but I suppose in Switzerland they should have some kind of elavator or funicular to get up the mountain. Can I see you reaching the glacier happy?

Christophe: Well, actually, they organized some special trains for supporters of the runners, so if you join me, you can just buy a train ticket, jump on the train, and see me running while you are taking the train. It's a perfect combination or tourism and supporting me at the same time.

Aiste: Oh, that sounds really great. Let's do that.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

not really into


I'm not really into sports.

When we are 'not into' something it means that we are not interested. Notice the following.

  1. I'm really not into golf at all.
  2. My girlfriend loves opera, but I'm really not into it.

so I was thinking


So I was thinking why don't we go together?

We use the phrase 'so I was thinking' when we make a polite suggestion. Here are two samples.

  1. So I was thinking maybe we should take a taxi.
  2. So I was thinking it might be a good idea to study together.

thinking of


I was thinking of seeing a movie on Sunday.

I was thinking of' doing something means to think about future our plans. Notice the samples.

  1. My sister was thinking of studying abroad next year.
  2. I was thinking of downloading these audio notes.

put work into


He put a lot of work his final report.

To 'put a lot of work in' means to work hard on something for a long time. Here are some samples.

  1. Jeff puts a lot of work into furniture business.
  2. Her piano playing is great because she put a lot of work into it.



I suppose that's true.

To 'suppose' means to guess. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. The food was just terrible. I suppose the restaurant will close soon.
  2. I suppose I'll have enough to save lot's of money
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
really into • was thinking • thinking of
 put work into • suppose
  1. They have the house and now it looks fantastic.
  2. I was going to Vegas next month.
  3. When do you he'll call?
  4. He's not baseball, but he loves basketball.
  5. She that it might be a good idea to sell the car.