listening lab 0818

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What happened when more and more highways were built? 

 

2.  How long is the Slippery Elm Trail? 

 

3.  What kind of wood was used to make the railroad ties for the original train tracks?

 

4.  In summer, what can be seen along the trail at dusk?   

 

5.  Are dogs allowed on the trail or not?

 

 
Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

Slippery Elm Trail
      
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, railroads connected big cities and small towns together.  Trains carried people, the mail and all kinds of products.  But as more and more highways were built, Americans used trains less and less.  Many railroads were abandoned.  In the mid-1960s, some of those unused railroads were turned into rail trails. 
 
One of those rail trails starts in my hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio, and runs 13 miles to North Baltimore, Ohio.  It's called the Slippery Elm Trail because the wood from the local slippery elm tree was used to make railroad ties for the original railroad.  Trains stopped running along this corridor in 1978, but it wasn't until 1995 that the tracks were removed and the corridor became a trail for walkers, runners, cyclists and rollerbladers. 
 
The trail is very popular with the locals.  Its half-marathon length, along with its lack of hills, is ideal for marathon runners in training. Its smooth, flat surface is perfect for cyclists and rollerbladers.  Though it's very flat, it's not a boring trail.  The trail curves here and there from town to town, and there are shaded parts and parts of the trail that are out in the open.  While on the trail, people see all kinds of wildlife — red-tailed hawks, white-tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons, and all kinds of birds — and various wildflowers.  And in the summer, you can see hundreds of fireflies blinking at dusk.
 
The trail was opened and is maintained by the Wood County Parks District.  For convenience, there are restrooms, water stations and bike repair shops along the way.  Dogs are welcome on the trail, but they must be kept on a leash.  If you're in the Bowling Green area, I hope you'll find time to enjoy this unique trail.
 
 
 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  What happened when more and more highways were built? 

Americans used trains less and less.

 

2.  How long is the Slippery Elm Trail?

It's 13 miles long. 

 

3.  What kind of wood was used to make the railroad ties for the original train tracks?

Wood from the slippery elm tree was used.

 

4.  In summer, what can be seen along the trail at dusk?  

Hundreds of fireflies can be seen.

 

5.  Are dogs allowed on the trail or not?

They are allowed.

 

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