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Episode 17: Water Skiing
Episode 17: Water Skiing
This story is about learning how to water ski. First, listen for the phrasal verb using 'hold'.
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This story is about learning how to water ski. First, listen for the phrasal verb using 'hold'.

The first thing is you’re going to be holding onto this, and then, once the boat starts to go you’ll just rock forward and then we’ll slowly stand up from there.
Okay.
And then you’ll be water skiing.
Okay.
There you go, there you go. I’ve got you.

You’re going to be ‘Holding onto’ this - to hold on to something is to hold it firmly. If you don’t hold on, then you can’t ski. What does Weiping think about holding on?
I just hope I can hold on to the rope.
You’ll be right.

She hopes she can hold on - she thinks she might not be able to. What does the instructor say about this?

I just hope I can hold on to the rope.
You’ll be right.

You’ll be right - this is a common Australian expression used to reassure people that things will not go wrong - he could also have said ‘You’ll be allright” or You’ll be ok” or even “she’ll be right”. Now, what’s the opposite of hold on?

If you don’t want to ride any more you just let go.
Okay. I will do that.
No
Often
You’ve got to hold on for a little while though. You’ve got to do it for a little while.

Let go - to release your grip is to let go. Now listen to what Weiping has to say about the water: 

In you get.
It’s cold.
It’s so cold.

She says the water is cold - but it’s more than just cold:

It’s so cold.
You’ll be right. Just think of the fun you’re going to have when you’re water skiing.
I can't stand it. It’s too cold.

She says it’s so cold and it’s too cold - so and too are words you can use to emphasise.
Does Weiping manage to water ski?

There we go that’s good, good. Let go, let go, let go.
Yeah! Really good. Almost there.
My feet don’t listen to me. I hardly could manage like control my feet. And my stomach muscles not strong enough to pull me up.

Almost - she almost managed to stand up. Now listen to Weiping using was and were:

Did you have fun?
I very appreciate that you guys are, were so patient with me.
That’s all right. As we said, we do it all the time, so that’s normal.
I think I was pretty bad.
No.

She said you guys ‘were’ so patient and I ‘was’ pretty bad. As a general rule you use ‘were’ with plural subjects such as guys and ‘was’ with singular subjects like ‘I’. But you always use ‘were’ with ‘you’, even if the ‘you’ is one person. Listen:

Did you have fun?
I very appreciate that you guys were so patient with me.
That’s all right. As we said, we do it all the time, so that’s normal.
I think I was pretty bad.
No, you were fine.

So ‘guys were’ patient, ‘I was’ pretty bad and ‘you were’ fine. We’ll finish with Weiping explaining why she found it hard and using another word to emphasise how cold the water was - certainly:

Because I didn’t grow up with water, I mean like beach, so it was very hard for me to manage, although I like water, swimming pools and stuff but I didn’t grow up with waves or, you know, it was certainly cold.

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