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A Day at the Beach
When the hot summer weather arrives, many people like to cool off by visiting the beach. Often, there is a cool breeze that comes off the water. And, of course, the water itself is cool and refreshing.
One of the favourite activities at the beach is building sandcastles. Children use small shovels and pails to move the sand. They can build small forts and castles by carefully forming and shaping the sand. Building sandcastles is a lot of fun, but you shouldn’t build them too close to the water: a wave might come and wash your sandcastle away!
There are also many games that people like to play at the beach. Some people play catch with a small plastic disc called a Frisbee. The Frisbee glides smoothly through the air. Other people like to play beach volleyball in the soft sand.
Some people prefer just to relax on the beach. They like to lie down on a blanket and feel the warm sunshine. I like to sit on the beach with an ice-cream cone. But you have to eat it quickly, before it melts.
Of course, the main attraction of a beach is the water. Many children learn to swim at the beach, and enjoy playing in the water. Some people like to swim vigorously. Other people like to relax in the water on an inflatable, floating mattress. Other people just wade around in the water, as a way to keep cool. When it is a windy day, some people try sports such as surfing.
Going to the beach is surely one of the best ways to spend a summer day!
a gentle wind
flowers waving in the breeze
a metal or wooden container with a handle, used for carrying liquids
a milk pail
a pail of water
a strong building or group of buildings used by soldiers or an army for defending an important place
to move smoothly and quietly, as if without effort
glide across/over/down etc
couples gliding over the dancefloor
a) if a bird glides, it flies without moving its wings
b) if a plane glides, it flies without using an engine
using a lot of energy and strength or determination
*Your dog needs at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.
*Environmentalists have begun a vigorous campaign to oppose nuclear dumping in the area.
*a vigorous debate
*Vigorous efforts are being made to find a solution to the problem.
*The measures provoked vigorous opposition in right-wing circles.
an inflatable object has to be filled with air before you can use it
an inflatable mattress
the part of a bed that one lies on, consisting of a strong cloth cover filled with soft material or springs:
*I’ll have to get a new mattress for my bed — the springs have gone in this one