Fish and fishing
Is Fishing a good hobby or do you need to have patience of a saint to succeed? Where do people go fishing in Scotland? Fish or fishes? Where can you buy fish from? Is it a good idea to keep fish as pets?
Vocabulary
  • Prospect (noun) - the possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring.
  • To romanticize (verb) - deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is.
  • Reservoir (noun) - a large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply.
  • Patience of a saint (idiom) - to always be calm and never allow anything to upset you.
  • Fillet (noun) - a fleshy boneless piece of meat from near the loins or the ribs of an animal.
  • Fishmonger (noun) - a person or shop that sells fish for food.
  • Fish scale (noun) - is a small rigid plate that grows out of the skin of a fish.
  • To scale fish (verb) - remove scale or scales from a fish.
Questions and answers
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Maria: Rory, do you like going fishing?

Rory: I don't like going fishing regularly, although it's probably... It seems like an entertaining prospect when you consider like how much of a city boy I am. I did go fishing once, though, with my dad. And I think I really wanted to go and I complained about it for a while. I was, like, begging him to go. And I think I might have romanticized it a little because it was awful! I didn't catch anything. And the weather was terrible. So, yeah, it just wasn't a good idea. The one time that I did it, wasn't a good idea.

Maria: Where do people go fishing in your country?

Rory: Oh, I suppose you could go anywhere. We're surrounded by sea and water in general in all directions. So you could go fishing by the shore. For example, we also have some lakes so you could fish by the lake side and I guess in the rivers as well. We've got lots of those. So there's lots and lots of places. I think maybe there are even fish in some of the reservoirs.

Maria: Is fishing a good hobby?

Rory: I think maybe if you have the patience of a saint. God knows, when I was younger, I didn't. But if you're patient enough and you have the skills, then it's a good hobby.

Maria: How often do you eat fish?

Rory: Oh, all the time. Actually, for someone who's not very good at catching fish, I'm very good at eating them. So, I love seafood. Tuna fillet's my favorite. But right now I usually have salmon steaks because it's a little bit cheaper.

Maria: Where do you get the fish from?
Rory: Well, I get mine from a supermarket, but I suppose there's a fishmonger in the supermarket. If you want to get like a more specialized kind of fish or have it prepared in a special way. I don't really go to the fishmonger, to be honest, because I'm not very good with scaling fish or cooking them, like, unless they've been pre-prepared. So for me, it's just easier to just buy it as if it's being prepared by a professional.

Maria: Do you keep fish as pets?

Rory: No, I can't afford an aquarium right now, but I think it would be nice to have a few goldfish in the future. It's supposed to be quite therapeutic and relaxing, actually.
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