Alistair's scuba diving gear - part 1

Bill Hynson

This is the page to learn more about New Zealand culture by listening to Kiwis talk. Each Kiwi is passionate about something different. Alistair is passionate about scuba diving and his video is below. This video is about scuba diving gear and in particular the flippers.


1. The clip will take a few minutes to download so read the questions. They start easy and get harder! Click the correct button on the left. Check your results - Well how did I do? - after listening. Try the first time without looking at the transcipt!
Transcript means the words that Alistair says.

2. If you are coming to New Zealand, you will need to get used to the Kiwi accent. If you are studying here, then listen to the way Alistair says fillers like umm, arhh, etc and practise repeating them.
Look at the transcript again and look at WHERE Alistair ...(pauses) to think about the best word and look for patterns in the text.  This helps you with your speaking because you know WHERE to stop and make the sound noise 'um/ah' etc in a sentence and WHERE to pause in a conversation.

3. Don't look at the transcript and make notes. I hope to have documents soon showing key words, mindmaps etc!

4. Read the transcript and listen  to the interview at the same time to increase your reading speed.

1. The flippers are
a) black and white.
b) yellow and white.
c) yellow and black.
d) All of the above.

2. Flippers are
a) for the left and right foot.
b) to help you move in the water.
c) flexible or hard.
d) All of the above.

3. The price of flippers
a) is $300.
b) is five or six hundred dollars.
c) depends on the quality.
d) is cheap.

4. Alistair's flippers
a) are worth two or three hundred dollars.
b) are stiff.
c) are made of plastic.
d) are the most expensive kind.

5. A really good pair of flippers can cost a thousand dollars.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given

6. Alistair moved his foot like a fish in the water.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given

7. Flexible means easy to move something.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given