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Episode 16: Surfing
Episode 16: Surfing
This story is about learning to surf. First, listen to how Nimit uses the word ‘should’:
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This story is about learning to surf. First, listen to how Nimit uses the word ‘should’:

Surfing does include a lot of balancing and I’ve been doing a lot of kickboxing, a lot of martial arts so I don’t think there should be problem. I should learn it quickly but let’s see how it goes.

He doesn’t think there should be a problem and that he should learn quickly. He means that it’s likely to go well and that he will learn how to surf, but he’s not completely sure. If he were sure, he would say ‘there won’t be a problem and I will learn quickly.’ Listen for the word that means a feeling of excitement:
Hello mate. How ya goin’. I’m Rob
Nimit.
Nice to meet you mate.
I’m into extreme sports like anything that gives me a rush. I’ll do it.
Anything you can get hurt on, eh?
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I can relate to that.

A ‘rush’ is a feeling of excitement or exhilaration. The surfing instructor says ‘I can relate to that’ - this means that he shares the same feelings. Listen to some more of their conversation:

The only thing that I’m scared of is getting stuck in a rip man.
Rips are one of the most dangerous things. You have to really know how to spot a rip and I can run you through that a bit later, later on.

A rip is a strong current. To ‘spot a rip’ is to see and identify such a dangerous current. He can ‘run you through that a bit later’ - here, to ‘run through’ something is to explain it. Listen again:

Rips are one of the most dangerous things. You have to really know how to spot a rip and I can run you through that a bit later, later on.

You ‘have to’ know how to spot a rip - you must know. What else do you ‘have to’ do?

Well, actually there are a few things you have to see when you are in Australia and a few things you have to do and I think surfing is one thing you really have to do.

Notice that he uses the base form of verbs to give instructions - ‘accelerate, stand’:

Comin’ in, the wave is comin’ in
Accelerate and stand up. One, two, Back foot, front foot

Now listen out for the past tense of ‘stand’:

Yeah! Victory. Woohoo.
It’s just an overwhelming feeling the first time I stood up. It just felt so great like I’ve achieved something.

‘Stood - the first time I stood up’. The past tense of ‘stand’ is ‘stood’. Next, listen for the phrase ‘stand on’:

I never thought that I can stand on the board after a couple of hours, so it’s very nice.

‘I never thought I could stand on the board’ - You say ‘stand on’ to refer to the surface you are on. Here it’s a board. Here you would say that they are standing on the beach. Next, listen for the expression ‘came true’

It’s been my biggest dream since I was a kid. I always thought I would go Australia and learn how to surf, so, yeah. Here my dream came true.

She said ‘my dream came true’. Something that ‘comes true’ actually happens.
We’ll finish with Nimit using the word ‘should’ to mean something that he advises you to do:

Yes, I would suggest everyone who visits Australia they should try surfing. It’s a great sport. It’s amazing.

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