This series of Everyday Conversations is about a family traveling to each of the 50 states in the U.S. Join the family members as they learn about local pastimes and history. These conversations are for intermediate-level English-language learners or higher.

The family goes to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware and learns about the history of the area and why it is so popular now.


Claudine: I didn’t expect a beach area in Delaware to be so lively.

Paul: Rehoboth Beach is a popular vacation destination for people in the region.

Claudine: I can understand why people come here. I love the different water sports we can do.

Sam: Yes, I can’t wait to go kayaking.

Gina: And the wooden boardwalk is great. I love beach towns with long boardwalks.

Paul: This area has a great history as well. It’s likely that the area was inhabited by humans over 12,000 years ago.

Gina: That’s incredible. We should all go check out the museum tomorrow. Today, I’m going to relax on the beach.

Now let’s review the vocabulary.

In this conversation, to be lively means to be full of activity.

Rehoboth Beach is a city in Delaware’s cape region.

A destination is a place to which a person is going.

Water sports are sports that are done in or on the water, such as surfing and sailing.

Kayaking is the activity of traveling in a long, narrow boat with pointed ends by using a special paddle (a short pole with a wide, flat part on each end).

A boardwalk is a path made of wooden boards, often raised above the ground, on or next to a beach.

To be likely means that something is probable and without much doubt.

The verb inhabit means to live in a place.

The phrasal verb to check out means to examine something or to visit a place to learn more about it. Check out is a separable phrasal verb. This means we can place the object between check and out or after check out: Let’s check out the museum. Yes, let’s check it out tomorrow.

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Everyday Conversations are developed by the State Department’s Heidi Howland, a senior program officer in the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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