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walk across • scare off • rustling
trunk • bruises
  1. I get lots of from carrying things at work.
  2. In the winter when the water is frozen you can the lake.
  3. There is a name cut into the of this tree.
  4. He leaves lights and the radio on in his house to criminals.
  5. If you are really quiet you can hear the leaves on the ground.
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271 Elephants
Rob tells a story of running into Elephants in India.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

walk across

We walked across swamps before we reached the place.

When you 'walk across' something you walk from one side of it to the other. Notice the following:

  1. It isn't easy to walk across a hockey rink.
  2. The fastest way to get there is to walk across the park.

scare off

People there said they couldn't scare the snake off.

To 'scare something off' is to frighten it so it will go far away. Notice the following:

  1. The cat was scared off by the sound of thunder.
  2. I am trying to scare him off because I don't want to go on a date with him.

rustling noises

We heard lots of rustling noises as we walked through the jungle.

Here 'rustling noises' refers to sounds that would be made by an animal moving, maybe in some leaves. Notice the following:

  1. It's difficult to fall asleep when camping because of all the rustling noises.
  2. The wind in the trees made soft rustling noises.


We saw three trunks and were happy to see three elephants.

The 'trunk' of a tree is the thick, hard, brown part that goes into the ground. Notice the following:

  1. The tree trunk was almost 1.5 meters in diameter.
  2. They cut the trunk of the tree into pieces for firewood.

cuts and bruises

The next day, my leg was completely black, and I had cuts and bruises.

'Cuts' are incisions or opening in the skin.  A 'bruise' is when your skin turns purple or blue because of an injury. Notice the following:

  1. As a child I always had cuts and bruises from climbing trees and playing.
  2. Her face was covered with cuts and bruises from the accident.