49 Nature

Kevin shares his thoughts about nature and why he likes it so much.

Todd: OK. Hello, Kevin?

Kevin: Hi, Todd. How are you?

Todd: Doing pretty good.

Kevin: Good.

Todd: Kevin we're gonna talk about nature.

Kevin: OK.

Todd: First of all could you tell the listener where we are?

Kevin: Well, let's see. We are on, kind of on the side of a hill in the forest but we have a spectacular view of Mount Fuji on the other side of the valley.

Todd: Yeah. It's really nice here. Why are you in this forest right now?

Kevin: Well, I'm currently working and I'm teaching an intensive English course up here at the campus.. up here in the forest.

Todd: Oh, nice. Do you take any walks in the woods?

Kevin: Yes, I enjoy taking walks in the woods. And sometimes I even go for a jog in the woods, there's a few trails around here and there's a nice golf course as well that you can run around.

Todd: OK, great! What's the best thing about being in nature? In the forest?

Kevin: Well, for me it's the stress relief that it provides especially living in Tokyo which is of course one of the world's largest and most chaotic cities. It's also nice to get back out into nature sometimes and just hear the insects which obviously we can hear very clearly right now, as well as some birds and you know it's just nice to get back out into nature.

Todd: I agree. OK. Thanks a lot Kevin.

Kevin: You're welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

intensive course

I'm teaching an intensive English course up here.

An 'intensive course' in something is a class that is given for many hours a day for a short period of time.  The idea is that you will learn a lot in a short time.  Notice the following:

  1. She is teaching an intensive drawing course this summer.
  2. I took an intensive Spanish course when I first moved to Peru.

in the woods

Sometimes, I go for a jog in the woods.

'The woods' or 'the forest' is a natural place where there are a lot of trees and many animals live.  Notice the following:

  1. They are building a cabin in the woods.
  2. I love biking in the woods.

take walks

I enjoy taking walks in the woods.

To ' take a walk' is to go for a walk for exercise and your health.  You are not walking to anywhere in particular, but just walking for the experience of walking.  Notice the following:

  1. We used to take walks around the lake.
  2. He loves to take walks with his dogs.

stress relief

The best thing about being in nature is the stress relief it provides.

Something that gives 'stress relief' is something that reduces or takes away stress that you feel in your life.  Notice the following:

  1. Many stress relief candles smell like peppermint.
  2. I really enjoy stress relief massages.

get back out

It's just nice to get back out into nature.

To 'go back out' is to return to a place you have visited or spent time in before.  We frequently use this in a general sense, not referring to any particular place.  Notice the following:

  1. You need to get back out there and find a job.
  2. It was difficult for him to get back out on the road after the accident.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
intensive • in the woods • take walks 
stress relief • get back out
  1. The dog chased the bird .
  2. When I need I take a long, hot bath.
  3. It was hard to onto the court after his basketball injury.
  4. The computer course was really difficult.
  5. My family usually together after we eat.