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Learn English conversations: Fears!

 In this Learn English conversations lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about fears. Remember, for lots of great English class materials and a FREE gift, visit our homepage: www.learnhotenglish.com

Lesson order

  • First, you’re going to learn some useful language for the video.
  • Then, you’re going to watch a video with two people talking about this topic. This will help you remember the language.
  • Finally, you’re going to answer some questions on the subject so you can practise speaking about it. Ready? OK, let’s go!

Fear

If you have a “fear” of something, you’re frightened of that thing, and it makes you nervous.

“I’ve got a fear of heights.”

Scared

If you’re “scared” of something, you’re frightened of that thing, and it makes you worried or insecure. It’s the same as “afraid”.

“I’m scared of clowns. / I’m afraid of clowns.”

Get through

If you “get through” a bad experience, you survive it and nothing bad happens to you.

“Being lost and alone in the forest for 5 days was a terrible experience, but she managed to get through it.”

Make sure

If you “make sure” something happens, you do everything you can to see that it happens.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure the package arrives in time.”

Failure

If there’s a “failure”, someone doesn’t succeed or do well at something.

“The project was a complete failure and we lost lots of money.”

VIDEO

Now, you’re going to watch a video with two people talking about the topic. Watch it and answer the questions.

  1. What sports activity does Nayeli want to do?
  2. What was she scared of when she was little?
  3. What does Kennedy say to convince Nayeli that the sport is safe?
    4. What is Kennedy afraid of?

Answers

Here are the answers:

  1. What sports activity does Nayeli want to do?

Nayeli wants to do zip lining.

  1. What was she scared of when she was little?

She was scared of going down a pole in the playground when she was little.

  1. What does Kennedy say to try to convince Nayeli that the sport is safe?
    Kennedy says that there are lots of harnesses and ropes to make sure you don’t fall.
  2. What is Kennedy afraid of?

Kennedy says that she has a fear of failure.

Now, watch the video and read the script at the same time to develop your listening skills.

Speaking

Now it’s your turn! See if you can answer these questions about the topic. Good luck!

What are you scared of?
What fears do you have?

Are you afraid of heights? Give details.

What animals are you afraid of?

What were you afraid of when you were younger?

What is the most frightening thing you’ve ever done?

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