Summer Time (Intermediate)

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Steve and Jill have a conversation about the summertime, summer fun, and staying cool.

Steve: Hi Jill.

Jill: Hello again.

Steve: Um, gee, it’s been warm the last little while. It was very warm the other night.

Jill: Well, yeah, Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Wednesday night in particular though, very hot all day, all night. It didn’t really cool down. I think it was still 20 degrees overnight. Not a lot of breeze, very hot in Vancouver.

Steve: Of course, we’re spoiled here. Normally even if it’s 25 degrees or 28 degrees which is considered warm here it’ll be down to 16, 17 at night which is very comfortable. Do you have air conditioning at home?

Jill: Oh no, and, and even 17 overnight is not very comfortable in our condo. Um, condos are very hot and they’re not, it’s not like house where you have doors and windows at each end that you can open and get a breeze going through so ours is better than most because we’ve got a rooftop deck and we can leave that open and windows open but in general even if it’s 20 degrees outside it will be quite warm in the condo.

Steve: But, and of course we are spoiled because I’ve lived in places where it can be 30 degrees at night and there is no relief. No relief, so yeah. I remember once in was in China, I was in Hangzhou, China at the end of June and Hangzhou is meant to be one of the hot places in the summer and they have an artificial lake there which is not very deep and that artificial lake absorbs the heat during the day and it sends it back at night. I can remember that I was in this hotel and this is in the 70’s; they didn’t have air conditioning, and I filled up the bath tub with cold water and I literally got up every two hours and lay in the cold water to cool my body down, lay back to sleep and within an hour or two I was sopping wet, sweating like a pig and I’d go back into the bathtub. I mean it was just so, so hot. So we’re lucky here.

Jill: Very lucky, yeah. And, we can, most people here don’t have air conditioning in their homes because it’s not usually so hot that you need it but I notice the last few summer when we had two, three week periods of really warm weather people have been buying the air conditioners. You know the little, three, four, five hundred dollar portable air conditioners and they’ve actually been selling out of them at some of the bigger home stores.

Steve: And, what so you like to do in the summer?

Jill: I like to be outside except for when it’s too hot like it was a few days ago. I like to, to run and hike and just spend time outdoors.

Steve: You were telling me that you were in a houseboat? What was that like?

Jill: That was great. We went for just a couple of days on a houseboat on a big lake about five and a half hours from Vancouver and you just, you bring food. There’s a barbeque on the boat, bedrooms, bathrooms, full kitchen and a big top deck that’s out in the sun and you can jump off of it into a lake and you can slide down – there’s a little slide that goes into the lake – and you just hang out listening to music, eating all day, drinking and swimming in the lake. It’s great.

Steve: You know, I don’t think, I think I’d get stir crazy. But no.

Jill: You know if Chris and I don’t, and we’re people that don’t really like to stay in one place for very long, but the two days wasn’t enough. We would have been happy with a couple more days because we’re constantly in the water. You know you’re always making drinks for people and you’re always making a snack or lunch or dinner so you just, or you’re playing cards or you’re reading a book. I mean there just seems to be stuff to do and it’s so beautiful there.

Steve: It is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. What was the water temperature like?

Jill: It’s quite cool actually. It’s a very deep lake so you know, I find it very cold. It takes me a while to get used to it.

Steve: Is it as cold as the ocean here?

Jill: No, no It’s not. No, definitely not as cold. Once you’re in you can stay in for a long time whereas the ocean I find is, I can’t stay in very long so it’s warmer.

Steve: Well, yeah, I know. I like swimming in the ocean here, not all year mind you but sort of late May, early June on through early September but, and the temperature varies. Sometimes it’s warmer than others. So, alright. Well look, we’ve talked a little bit about summer and summer activities. Yeah. What else can we talk about.

Jill: What do you like to do in the summer?

Steve: What do I like to do? I like to be in Vancouver. I don’t go anywhere in the summer. I like to swim in the ocean. I still go for my run even if it’s hot and then I get nice and warm so that I can come home and then I might do a few things in the garden just to feel better and then I just go into the ocean and I just feel great. Very, very good. And, we have seals in the ocean so, I was quite surprised the first time I saw one. I was doing a crawl, swimming and I stopped and normally when you’re doing a crawl of course you don’t look up. Your head is in the water and then I finished my crawl and looked and there was a seal about three feet in front of my face looking at me. So, I hadn’t realized that there were seals there. At first I was a little, I was, I can’t say I was happy to see the seal. I didn’t quite know what the seal was going to do so I sort of turned around and started swimming back towards shore, just, you know, but he wasn’t interested in me. I didn’t look like his dinner.

Jill: No.

Steve: No. So.

Steve:They eat small fish, yeah. So that was okay. Alright.

Jill: Well, we did great. Thank you.

Steve: Let’s go and enjoy the rest of the summer. Okay? Once again this is EnglishLingQ. Jill and I, sometimes we talk about language, sometimes we just talk about what we’re doing. Jill talked about hanging out on the lake and I talked about swimming in the ocean and the whole idea is to create some natural conversation so that you can get some sense of rhythm and we do transcribe these. We have them available at, We would like people to use this content with the Linguist or eventually with LingQ where they can save words and phrases and use this as natural learning material so that they can get a sense for the natural rhythm of the language which helps them in pronunciation and then also accumulate vocabulary. Okay then. Bye Jill.

Jill: Bye, bye.

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