- The Boat Issue #45
- Boat Types
- Story Of A Steamboat On The Mississippi River
- Life on a Boat
- Boat Idioms
- Boat Crossword Puzzle
- The Boat Issue - Answers
Posted: 11 Jun 2015 09:29 AM PDT
Read the boat types and descriptions and match the boat to the picture.
Rowboat: a small boat that is moved through water using oars.
Barge: a large boat that has a flat bottom and that is used to carry goods in harbors and on rivers and canals
Canoe: a long narrow boat that is pointed at both ends and that is moved by a paddle.
Cruise liner: a large comfortable ship that people travel on vacation trips.
Ferry: a boat that is used to carry people and things for a short distance between two places : a boat that ferries people and things
Freighter: a large ship that is used to carry goods, usually across the ocean.
Galleon: a large sailing ship used in the 1500s and 1600s.
Houseboat: a boat that is also used as a house.
Motorboat: a boat with an engine.
Raft: a rubber boat or a floating structure made of wood used for transportation on water
Sailboat: a small boat that the wind moves by pushing its clothes sails.
Steamboat: a boat that is powered by steam.
Warship: a military ship that has many weapons and is used for fighting in wars.
Posted: 11 Jun 2015 09:20 AM PDT
Conversation, gap-filling and listening activity
Complete the missing terms in the text with a word from the list below. Then, listen and check your work.
people - movies - true - sails - boats - country - right - of - captain - towns - Big - reason - showing - build - live - down - played - dance - current - way - half - went - transported - days
Story narrated by Christopher Jones-Cruise. Source VOA http://learningenglish.
Steamboat: n. a boat that is powered by steam
Waterway: n. a course of water, like a river.
Mighty: adj. having or showing great strength or power
Barn: n. a rustic construction in a farm used for keeping animals, grains, storing tools, etc.
Saw: v. to cut or shape (wood, metal, etc.).
Sawmill: n. a mill or factory where logs are sawed to make boards
Grind: v. to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction.
Harbor: n. port.
Barge: n. a large vessel that has a flat bottom and that is used to carry goods in harbors and on rivers and canals
Posted: 11 Jun 2015 09:30 AM PDT
Conversation, video & vocabulary activity
A)Watch the video and compare your answers to the previous exercise to David’s experience. What was/is difficult for him? What are the things he enjoys, doesn’t enjoy, has, doesn’t have, etc..?
Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat from kevinAfraser on Vimeo.
B)Watch again and say whether the statements below are True or False.
1.When David was a kid, he used to build tree houses.
2.He takes “a bath” every other day.
3.He doesn’t date or have a “significant other”.
4.His father gave him a knife and taught him how to use it.
5.Money is a problem for David.
6.He raises naturally with the sun.
7.He’s a bit of a loner.
8.Before living on the Lizzy Belle, he never saw the sun come up in the morning.
9.His first trip alone was around the Bahamas.
10.He makes sure he eats meat every day.
11.He needs a refrigerator.
12.He doesn’t have definite plans about where to travel to in the future.
I)Match the two halves of these sentences to find the meanings of the idioms.
II)Exercise: Complete the blanks with words missing from the idioms above.
A.These may be difficult times, but we’re all ................. boat. We can get through it together.
B.She seems just .................boat. She doesn’t get any jokes.
C.We can have a nice, quiet party, don't go ................... It doesn't need to be fancy.
D.I can’t become a ballerina at 30. That ship ……………………..!
E.We are on a slow ......................., this line is not moving.
F.You'll .........................if you don’t study now that you’re young.
G.Everything is fine here as it is, don't .......................boat!
H.Why did you say that to poor Cate? You knocked .............................
I.I’ll get the new client, don’t worry. That ship is………………………..
J.If you want to go camping, you should! Whatever …....................boat.
K.Quitting your job before you have another is crazy! Don’t burn ...........................
L.I know I made a mistake forgetting our anniversary but you are not ging to make me walk ..........................., right?
M.In this situation, anything is better than nothing. It’s …....................in a storm.
N.Give me some time and I’ll figure it out. I’m still learning ..........................
O.It’s an easy game tomorrow. We’ll sail ......................it.
P.Watch your language young lady, that’s sailing close ........................!
Game and vocabulary activity
Use the clues below to complete the word game.
3. A small boat that is moved through water using oars.
5. If you miss it, you miss a good opportunity by acting too slowly.
7. The piece used in steering a ship.
9. A heavy device attached by a rope or chain and that is thrown into the water to hold the boat or ship in place.
12. The back part of a ship, opposite of bow.
13. A boat used to carry people and things for a short distance between two places.
14. The central pole in a sailboat.
1. A boat that is also used as a house.
2. Another word for port.
4. Leader of a ship.
6. The group of people who operate a ship.
8. If you go there, you are doing too much.
10. A ... liner, a large ship that people travel on vacations.
11. The depth of water a ship has and also a rubber boat.
12. Large pieces of cloth used to catch the wind that moves the ship or boat through the water (pl).
1.canoe 2. ferry 3.freighter 4.barge 5.houseboat 6.cruise liner 7.sailboat 8.raft 9.motorboat 10.steamboat 11.galleon 12.warship
Story Of A Steamboat On The Mississippi River
1) 3,730 km (2,320 miles) 2) 10 states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. 3) Mark Twain
1. half 2. transported 3. boats 4. of 5. people 6. days 7. captain 8. towns 9. played 10. sails 11. went 12. build 13. right 14. movies 15. current 16. country 17. true 18. showing 19. reason 20. dance 21. Big 22. down 23. way 24. live
Life on a Boat
1.T 2.F (once every 2 or 3 days) 3.F (he dates but he doesn’t commit to someone because of his lifestyle) 4.F (it was his grandfather) 5.F (There’s always a way to find money) 6.T 7.T 8.T 9.F (it was around Puerto Rico) 10.F (fruits and vegetables) 11.F 12.T
1.f 2.c 3.j 4.p 5.a 6.k 7.d 8.l 9.h 10.b 11.o 12.e 13.n 14.g 15.i 16.m
If you miss the boat, you miss a good opportunity by acting too slowly.
If you sail through something, you deal with it easily.
If you knock or take the wind out of somebody’s sails, you make them less confident or humiliate them.
If you go overboard, you do too much or be extravagant.
If you are forced to walk the plank, you are in a bad situation that has no solution and will suffer the consequences.
If you say “that ship has sailed”, you are clear that the time has passed or the opportunity is lost.
If you say “that ship is in my harbor”, you grab the opportunity.
If you sail close to the wind, you are close to doing something illegal or saying something improper.
If you are on a slow boat to China, you’re taking a long time to do or get something.
If you are just off the boat, you are a newcomer or gullible and naive.
If you do whatever floats your boat, you do what makes you happy
If you burn your boats, you commit to a destination ahead or course.
If you rock the boat, you disturb a stable situation.
If you learn the ropes, you learn to do something new.
If you think or say ‘any port in a storm’, you accept any solution.
If you are in the same boat (as someone), you are in the same situation or having the same problem.
A. in the same B. off the C. Overboard D. has sailed E. boat to China F. miss the boat G. rock the H. the wind out I. in my harbor J. floats your K.your boats L. the plank M. any port N. the ropes O. Through P. to the wind
Boat Crossword Puzzle
Across: 3.rowboat 5.boat 7.rudder 9.anchor 12.stern 13.ferry 14.mast
Down: 1.houseboat 2.harbor 4.captain 6.crew 8.overboard 10.cruise 11.raft 12.sails