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Swimming holes Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Culture, English Vocabulary


When it is hot, there is no better place to go to cool down than a swimming hole! Of course, you’ll need to know what a swimming hole is before you go looking for one.

A swimming hole is a place in a river or stream water where there is enough water for a person to swim. A swimming hole can also refer to a lake or even a pool (if you live in the city), but it usually refers to fresh water so you wouldn’t call the ocean a swimming hole. When most people think about a swimming hole they think about a calm, quite, natural place to go swimming.

For many American’s thinking about a swimming hole makes them think of summer and being a child. This is because it is during the summer months that children have the free time to run and roam around outside and find secret and special swimming holes to cool down from the heat. As adults many of us look back on our summers as children and the time we spent playing with friends outside and finding little swimming holes on our outdoor adventures.

Here is an article that was published a few years back called “Ode to a swimming hole.” An “ode” is traditionally a poem, but sometimes a story in which a person expresses a strong feeling of love or respect for someone or something. (http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0613/p19s01-hfes.html)  If you read this article you will truly understand how important swimming holes are in the American ideal of summer, which is highlighted in the last sentence of the article which is: “Everyone needs a swimming hole.”

You probably know where the best swimming holes are near you, but if you want to see some of the best swimming holes around the United States you can check out this website (http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-swimming-holes) which claims to have found the 10 best swimming holes in the whole of America.

No matter where you go to cool down from the summer heat, if you are dipping yourself in water than that is your swimming hole!


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Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.