Lesson 49: Going to the Beach



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: going to the beach. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about going to the beach.

I’m going to the beach today to work on my tan.
Awesome! I will go with you, but I’m going surfing.
Sounds like a plan. I’m going to bring my bodyboard.
I don’t like body boarding. I like to catch some waves on my surfboard.
I heard the tide will be strong today.
I heard the same. Maybe after we are finished playing in the water, we can collect seashells.
I like to collect seashells! I’ll bring my beach bucket to put them in.
Don’t forget to bring your sunblock. It’s very important to protect your skin.
I never forget my sunblock.
I hope we don’t see any sharks in the water today!


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

tan (n) having skin that becomes darker in color from the sun
My girlfriend likes to lie on the beach and get a tan.
surfing (n) the activity or sport of using a special board to ride waves in the ocean
The waves will be big today so surfing should be good.
bodyboard (n) a short board on which a person lies to ride waves in the ocean
I’m going to bring my bodyboard to the beach today.
catch some waves (phrase) to go surfing
I hope to catch some waves today while surfing.
surfboard (n) a long, narrow board on which a person stands to ride waves; used for surfing
She wants to buy a surfboard so she can go surfing.
tide (n) the way the ocean water moves from low to high
During low tide, it’s possible to find more seashells.
seashells (n – plural) the hard, empty shell or covering of a sea creature found on the beach
I like to collect seashells.
beach bucket (n) a round plastic container that is open at the top and usually has a handle
My daughter likes to put sand in her beach bucket.
sunblock (n) a lotion that is put on the skin to protect it from the sun
I always use sunblock when I go out in the sun.
sharks (n – plural) a large dangerous fish with big, sharp teeth and a big fin on its back
The sharks are swimming in the ocean today.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What do people do at the beach?
    1. Some people like to go surfing.
    2. I see a lot of people collecting seashells
    3. Your answer:
  2. Do you like to go swimming in the ocean?
    1. I don’t like to go swimming in the ocean because I’m afraid of sharks.
    2. I love to go swimming in the ocean because it’s refreshing.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Why do people like to go surfing?
    1. In my opinion, people like to go surfing because it’s good exercise.
    2. From my point of view, people like to go surfing because it’s exciting.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Why do people like to collect seashells?
    1. Personally speaking, I like to collect seashells because I like the different shapes and colors of the shells.
    2. In my opinion, people like to collect seashells because they use them to decorate their homes.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you think it’s healthy to make your body tan?
    1. Personally speaking, I think making your skin tan is harmful to your skin.
    2. In my opinion, it’s not healthy but if done occasionally it’s ok.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you think it’s important to use sunblock? Why?
  2. What are some sports that people play on the beach?
  3. Why do people like to go to the beach?
  4. Are there popular beaches in your country? If so, describe one.
  5. Do you think people should be allowed to smoke on the beach? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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