The Reading / Listening - Swimming to Work - Level 2

A man has started swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting and being stuck in traffic. Benjamin David, 40, now beats the traffic by swimming 2km down the Isar River in Munich, Germany. He puts his laptop, phone and his suit in a waterproof bag that he drags behind him. David got the idea by watching the river outside his apartment. He looked on a map and realized the river went past his office. He decided to swim to work and get some exercise. This was better than fighting commuters on buses and trains or breathing fumes from traffic while cycling.



David's river commute has changed his life. He is fitter and less stressed. Commuting used to make him stressed. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on my bike, I would yell at cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on." He said: "Just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David spoke about the dangers of river swimming. He always checks the water temperature. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is illegal to swim in the River Thames.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Swimming to Work - Level 0 Swimming to Work - Level 1   or  Swimming to Work - Level 3

Sources
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/07/man-swims-to-work-every-day-with-his-laptop-suit-and-phone-6832657/
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4767864/German-David-Hasselhoff-SWIMS-2km-work-day.html
  • http://zeenews.india.com/world/how-fitness-conscious-are-you-this-german-swims-a-mile-to-work-every-day-2030950.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. he got fed
  2. being stuck
  3. his laptop, phone
  4. in a waterproof
  5. He looked on
  6. get some
  7. better than fighting commuters
  8. breathing fumes from
  1. and his suit
  2. a map
  3. traffic while cycling
  4. in traffic
  5. bag
  6. on buses
  7. up with commuting
  8. exercise

Paragraph 2

  1. He is fitter and less
  2. Commuting used to
  3. When I was
  4. When I was on
  5. Just a few metres
  6. it's completely relaxing and
  7. He always checks the water
  8. Not everyone can swim
  1. temperature
  2. foot
  3. refreshing
  4. on my bike
  5. stressed
  6. to work in the city
  7. to the side
  8. make him stressed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man has started swimming to work after (1) ___________________ with commuting and being stuck in traffic. Benjamin David, 40, now (2) ___________________ by swimming 2km down the Isar River in Munich, Germany. He puts his laptop, phone and (3) ___________________ waterproof bag that he drags behind him. David (4) ___________________ watching the river outside his apartment. He looked on a map and realized the river went past his office. He decided (5) ___________________ and get some exercise. This was better than fighting commuters on buses and (6) ___________________ fumes from traffic while cycling.

David's river commute has (7) ___________________. He is fitter and less stressed. Commuting used to make him stressed. He said: "I'm not a monk. (8) ___________________ my bike, I would yell at cars. When I was on foot, I would (9) ___________________, and so on." He said: "Just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river, (10) ___________________ just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David spoke about the dangers of river swimming. (11) ___________________ the water temperature. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is (12) ___________________ the River Thames.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amanhasstartedswimmingtoworkafterhegotfedupwithcommutinga
ndbeingstuckintraffic.BenjaminDavid,40,nowbeatsthetrafficbyswi
mming2kmdowntheIsarRiverinMunich,Germany.Heputshislaptop,p
honeandhissuitinawaterproofbagthathedragsbehindhim.Davidgott
heideabywatchingtheriveroutsidehisapartment.Helookedonamapa
ndrealizedtheriverwentpasthisoffice.Hedecidedtoswimtoworkandg
etsomeexercise.Thiswasbetterthanfightingcommutersonbusesandt
rainsorbreathingfumesfromtrafficwhilecycling.David'srivercommut
ehaschangedhislife.Heisfitterandlessstressed.Commutingusedtom
akehimstressed.Hesaid:"I'mnotamonk.WhenIwasonmybike,Iwould
yellatcars.WhenIwasonfoot,Iwouldyellatcyclists,andsoon."Hesaid:"
Justafewmetrestothesideof[allthetraffic]istheriver,andifyoujustswi
mdownthat,it'scompletelyrelaxingandrefreshing."Davidspokeabout
thedangersofriverswimming.Healwayschecksthewatertemperature
.Noteveryonecanswimtoworkinthecity.InCentralLondon,itisillegalto
swimintheRiverThames.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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