#159: Extreme Fluency with Extreme Sports

Have you ever jumped off a cliff? Or skied down a hill in a meter of snow? Or hopped out of a plane a kilometer above the ground?

Ok, maybe we can’t help you be the next world famous daredevil, but we can help you be an extreme English learner and teach you some extreme sports vocabulary! Which is exactly what we are going to do in this episode of the RealLife English Podcast.

Are you ready to add some adrenaline to your English learning? Let’s jump in… Aww Yeah!

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Words You’ll Learn:

  • Bowling ball – a very heavy, marble ball used in the sport of bowling
  • Injure – to do physical harm or damage to someone
  • Goalie – in soccer, the player who tries to prevent the other team from scoring
  • Hold (someone) back – to prevent
  • Have the guts – to be brave enough to do something
  • Lean into – to do something even though you are scared of it
  • Puffy – wavy, filled with air
  • Flying squirrel – a rodent with skin between its legs that allows it to glide between trees
  • Smack dab in the middle – in the center of something
  • Horseshoes – the metal rings that horses wear on their feet; also used to play a game where you throw horseshoes at a post
  • S’mores – a treat popular when camping with a graham cracker (cookie), marshmallow, and chocolate. Comes from the connected speech of “some more.”
  • Gooey – sticky, melty, and warm
  • Bold – brave, audacious
  • Sketchy – not safe or trustworthy
  • Cooler – an insulated container used to keep food cold
  • Bucket list – a list of everything one wants to do before he dies
  • Kick the bucket – to die
  • Cliff – a precipice
  • Death-defying – very dangerous; characterized of doing something against one’s instincts of survival
  • Goosebumps – the raised skin that one gets when cold, anxious, or scared
  • Chute – short for “parachute,” the piece of fabric used to slow one’s fall
  • More power to (someone) – expression said when someone else is doing something that most other people can’t or would not do

Extreme & Outdoor Sports Vocabulary:

  • Hiking, Trekking, Backpacking, Camping
  • Bouldering
  • Rock Climbing
  • River Sports: Whitewater rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing, Tubing
  • Water Sports: Surfing, Kitesurfing, Water Skiing, Wake boarding
  • Winter Sports: Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledding, Snowshoeing
  • Skydiving
  • Bungee-Jumping
  • Base Jumping
  • Wingsuit Flying (Squirrel Suit)
  • Skygliding / Hang gliding
  • Paragliding


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