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Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid

Learn English meaning of 'Naked and Afraid'

Date: Sep 30 2016

Themes: Hobbies, How To, Pop Culture, Travel

Grammar: Passive Voice


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One night, you have a nightmare. You dream that you must survive in the wild. You’re naked. You are not allowed to have clothes, food, water, or a map. Oh, and you must live with a naked stranger for these three weeks! You must find food and water together, and you must help each other to survive. Does this sound like a scary nightmare? Surprise! It’s not a dream. It’s actually a TV show called Naked and Afraid!

Reality TV is very popular now. It’s cheaper to make a reality TV show than a TV show with real actors. But if everyone is making reality TV, it’s hard to be different and get good ratings. That’s why Naked and Afraid is a show about being naked in the wilderness. It’s different than other reality TV shows. Some people even think it’s staged. Can two people really survive like this? Watch the show, and let us know what you think.

Marni and Andy are talking about Naked and Afraid. Listen to this English lesson to find out what they think about the show.


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Andy_H:  One man. One woman. Twenty one days with no food, water, shelter, or clothes.

Marni:  Oh! You’re talking about my personal nightmare. Naked and Afraid.

Andy_H:  Yes, I am! I mean, how amazing have we gotten nowadays to where reality television has to put two naked people in the wild just for…

Marni:  For ratings?

Andy_H:  For ratings!

Marni:  I find it fascinating. It seems terrifying to me because I absolutely hate being naked. Can you imagine being filmed in front of a stranger naked and trying to survive in the wilderness? It seems so dangerous to me. But you are allowed one survival tool. What would you choose as your survival tool?

Andy_H:  I was a Boy Scout. I feel like I could craft all kinds of tools to keep dangerous things away, so a firestarter is definitely what I would choose.

Marni:  That’s what I’m thinking.

Andy_H:  I mean, if you’re going to be naked, might as well be warm.

Marni:  That’s what I’m thinking too. Then I wonder, is this just staged?

Andy_H:  At some point in the filming, it’s going to be staged. I mean, it’s reality television, but let’s be real. They’re naked, and they’re afraid. What else could you hope for?

Marni:  I guess that’s true.

Andy_H:  Let’s go watch.

Marni:  Alright!


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Marni does not want to be alone with a naked stranger in the wild. She does not want to survive in the wilderness for twenty-one days with no food, water, or shelter. Being on the TV show Naked and Afraid is Marni’s personal nightmare. She believes the show just wants to get good ratings, and it might even be staged.

Andy was a Boy Scout, so he’s not afraid of the wilderness. He could craft different tools to help him survive. If Andy went on this TV show, he would be allowed to bring one survival tool. He would bring a firestarter, which Marni thinks is a good idea. It’s not important to Andy if the show is staged or not because he still wants to watch it no matter what.

Do you spend a lot of time in the wild? Could you survive there for three weeks?



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I never spend a lot of time in the wild. And i can never image the picture that a naked me stands in front of a naked stanger and whats worse, staying in the wilderness for 21 days with no food and water supply. If the show is not staged, then these people on the show are so brave and awesome. And the man can survive in this situation, just have the excellent ability to craft many tools and have the strong will.

10:07 AM Dec 08 2016 |




I have watched this TV show on TV and I think it‘s somehow staged. I don’t spend a lot of time in the wild. Neither do I think I could survive there for three weeks. I’m way tok timid.:(

07:38 AM Oct 16 2016 |



No, i did not spend a lot of time in the wild, i am scarry about the snackes and big bugs.

12:44 PM Oct 01 2016 |

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I have never seen this TV show, but in reality i dreamt things like that when I was alone in wild and so terrified and a very big snake want to eat me and I shout with loud voice, no body listen no power to escape, It was really terrifying for me. 

I like this new vocab for me (boy scout and staged)

I guess will have a look in youtube to see more about this TV Show :) 

05:41 AM Sep 30 2016 |

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