Relaxing in the Park

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Relaxing in the Park

“What a beautiful day!” Mrs. Smith is thinking to herself. “The sun is shining and the birds are singing. This weather is far too nice to stay at home.”

Mrs. Smith is a pensioner. She lives in a big city, in a tower block situated right by a large main road. She doesn't like it very much because life here is very anonymous. But at least there is a small park close by. Mrs. Smith likes to go there when the weather is nice, like today.

There is always something going on in the park. Here you can meet joggers, dog-owners, bikers and families with children. They often have a little picnic on the meadow by the pond. Because Mrs. Smith is very outgoing, she always meets new people who she can talk to.

There are benches on either side of the path. Some are in the sun between bushes, others in the shade of trees. Because it is not too hot today, Mrs. Smith is sitting on a bench in the sun. From here, she can watch the ducks and fish in the pond. And she loves the sound of the fountain.

Just as she is sitting down, she hears the pigeons cooing. Yes, the pigeons already know Mrs. Smith and they know that she always has something for them.

“There you are!” says Mrs. Smith and laughs. She places a bag of bird food next to her on the park bench. Of course she has thought of her feathered friends today as well.

Reading Comprehension Questions

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Find words in the text for each of the definitions below.

  1. a noun for an elderly person who no longer works → [in the text: Mrs. Smith is a pensioner. She lives in a big city, in a tower block situated right by a large main road.]
  2. an adjective that means unknown, or not identified by name → [in the text: She doesn't like it very much because life here is very anonymous.]
  3. a noun for a field with grass and wild flowers → [in the text: They often have a little picnic on the meadow by the pond.]
  4. an adjective that describes a friendly energetic person who likes being with people → [in the text: Because Mrs. Smith is very outgoing, she always meets new people who she can talk to.]
  5. a verb that describes the low soft sound made by pigeons and doves → [in the text: Just as she is sitting down, she hears the pigeons cooing.]|Regular verb: coo|cooed|cooed
  6. a funny name for birds → (2 words) [in the text: She places a bag of bird food next to her on the park bench. Of course she has thought of her feathered friends today as well.]

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