relieving/ to relieve- to get rid of, to stop
you guys- you (other people), a slang way to say you (plural)
buddy- slang for friend
hang gliding- flying with wings and no motor like the picture on the left
as free as a bird- the feeling of being free
awesome- slang for great or wonderful
scaredy cat- slang for a person who feels afraid
to knit- to make sweaters, scarves, etc. with yarn
Ann: What kinds of things do you like to do in your free time?
Dean: I like playing basketball. I play on a city team every Saturday afternoon.
Marcus: I didn't know that. How long have you been playing?
Dean: For about a year now. But it's not the only thing I like to do. I also enjoy painting. It's great for relieving stress.
Ann: Really? Are you pretty good at it?
Dean: Not too bad. But I'm not a Picasso or Rembrandt. How about you guys? What do you like to do for hobbies?
Marcus: Well, a couple of times a month I go up to Widow's Mountain with some buddies and go hang gliding.
Ann: No way! You do? That sounds dangerous! Aren't you scared?
Marcus: Not at all. It's fascinating. It's so beautiful up there. I feel as free as a bird. You should try it sometime.
Ann: It sounds awesome, but I think I'm too much of a scaredy cat to try it.
Dean: Wow! I might want to try it sometime. Do you think I could?
Marcus: Sure, how about this Saturday? I'll let you know the details later.
Dean: Sounds great! I can't believe I'm going to do it. By the way Ann, you never told us what you do in your spare time.
Ann: Well, uh, I like to knit...
Check Your UnderstandingTrue or False Check your answers below.
1. Marcus likes to play basketball.
2. Dean thinks basketball is great for relieving stress.
3. Marcus goes hang gliding every Saturday.
4. Ann doesn't want to try hang gliding.
5. Marcus and Dean will go hang gliding on Sunday.
6. Ann can make things with yarn.