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Sightseeing Around Town

Description: When you travel to a new place, what things would you like to see and do? What things would you like to buy?
Helpful tip: Searching the Internet can be a great way to find cheap accommodations (hotels, inns, and youth hostels) at your destination. Also, some hotels even give discounts if you stay during the week instead of on the weekends.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Where are they planning to go in the morning?
A. to a park
B. to an art museum
C. to a shopping center

2. What kind of restaurant do they want to visit for lunch?
A. Italian
B. Indonesian
C. Indian

3. Why does the man want to visit the zoo in the afternoon?
A. The zoo will be closed the rest of the week.
B. The zoo is free to visitors that day only.
C. There are unusual animals on display.

4. Why does the woman want to go shopping instead?
A. She wants to buy mementos of their visit.
B. She saw some great prices at a shopping center.
C. She wants to buy a gift for her friend.

5. How do they plan to get to the seashore at the end of the conversation?
A. by taxi
B. by bus
C. by subway

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Thanksgiving and Christmas: Holiday Traditions

Description: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day are some of the major holidays in the United States. From what you understand, how are these holidays celebrated (food, family activities, local celebrations, games and recreation, etc.)?
Helpful tip: Many countries have a day of thanksgiving, and learning about this holiday and respecting the traditions associated with it can mean a lot to the people of that country. Search the Internet to see how this day is celebrated in different countries.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Where does this news program take place?
A. at a shopping center
B. at a local school
C. in a city market place

2. How does the young girl, Elizabeth, celebrate this holiday with her family?
A. They go out to eat at a restaurant.
B. They visit close relatives.
C. They go to see a movie.

3. What does Johnny and his family eat on this day?
A. turkey
B. ham
C. chicken

4. What sentence best describes Steven’s feelings about Christmas?
A. It’s a time when people exchange gifts with friends, family, and teachers.
B. It’s a holiday when friends give gifts during an elaborate dinner.
C. It’s a day when people think of others without waiting for a gift in return.

5. The final young woman says that the best thing about Christmas is:
A. receiving presents from classmates.
B. having a vacation from school.
C. sleeping late every day.

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Train Tickets: Getting Around Tokyo

Description: Finding budget plane tickets, hotels, and tours packages might sound difficult in Tokyo, Japan. However, after you arrive, you still need to find your way around the city, especially like one as big as Tokyo. What are two of the most common forms of public transportation in your country? Would foreigners visiting your country have a difficult time using public transportation in major cities? Why or why not?
Helpful tip: Taking local trains can help tourists see the country in a different way than renting a car. You can often buy discount train tickets from overseas before you arrive at your destination.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Where does the man want to go?
A. Tokyo Subway Station
B. Tokyo Art Museum
C. Tokyo Tower

2. How much is the train fare?
A. 130 yen
B. 140 yen
C. 150 yen

3. Where should the man get on the train?
A. platform number 3
B. platform number 4
C. platform number 5

4. How often do the trains come?
A. about every five minutes
B. about every six minutes
C. about every seven minutes

5. Where should the man get off the train?
A. at Kamiyacho Station
B. at Kamigaya Station
C. at Kamiyama Station

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Business Communications

Description: The following words are found in the conversation. What do you think is the main topic of the conversation?office supplies, fax, brochure, service, computers, answering machines
Helpful tip: Be sure to practice your telephone etiquette to give your listener the best impression possible. Your voice is your only selling point, and it will make you sound confident.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Why can’t Elaine Strong answer the phone?
A. She’s in a meeting.
B. She’s out of the office.
C. She’s talking with another customer.

2. What does the caller want the secretary to send?
A. information on after-sales service
B. a picture of the newest computers
C. a list of software products

3. What time should the secretary send the material?
A. 2:30 PM
B. 3:30 PM
C. 5:00 PM

4. What is the caller’s name?
A. Cordell
B. Kordel
C. Kordell

5. What is the caller’s telephone number?
A. 560-1287.
B. 560-1828
C. 560-2187

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Social Media Web Sites

Description: How do social media Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus+ help people keep in touch with family and friends (for example, «People can send short birthday messages. It doesn’t cost money.»)? In this listening activity, a man introduces himself to a woman by phone that he met on a social networking site.
Helpful tip: Social Networking sites can be a great tool for work or pleasure, but people should be careful about the information they share online.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the man’s name?
A. His name is Robert.
B. The man’s name is Ronald.
C. The man goes by Russel.

2. The man was born in ____________.
A. in Texas
B. in California
C. in Canada

3. What does the man do for a living?
A. He works as a teacher.
B. He is a store cashier.
C. He sells animals.

4. The man ____________________.
A. has two brothers and three dogs
B. lives with his sisters and mother
C. has an older brother and younger sister

5. What is the man’s telephone number?
A. His number is 789-3050.
B. You can reach him at 789-1350.
C. You can call him at 789-1315.

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Snack Time! Healthy Foods for Kids

Description: What kinds of food do young children like to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your culture? What about snacks?
Helpful tip: Kids always seem to be hungry, especially when they come home from school. Try having a bowl of fruit, nuts, and healthy snacks ready from them instead of chocolate and cookies.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What time of day does this conversation take place?
A. in the morning
B. in the afternoon
C. in the evening

2. Why doesn’t the father give his son something to eat?
A. There isn’t any food to eat.
B. The boy just ate something.
C. They are going to eat soon.

3. What snack does the boy want at the beginning of the conversation?
A. potato chips
B. candy
C. donuts

4. Which one food does the father NOT offer to his son for a snack?
A. tomatoes
B. broccoli
C. carrots

5. What does the father ask the boy to do while he is preparing the snack?
A. watch TV
B. play with toys
C. look at books

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Medical Advice: What’s the Matter?

Description: Name several illnesses that keep people from going to work or school. Then, discuss the symptoms for each and remedies and treatments for curing the problem.
Helpful tip: People often have their own home remedies for different ailments. Some people eat hot chicken soup when they have a cold. Give it a try.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What’s the matter with Steve?
A. He has a cold.
B. He has the flu.
C. He has a stomachache.

2. How long has Steve been sick?
A. since Friday
B. since Saturday
C. since Sunday

3. How often should Steve take the medicine the doctor prescribes?
A. three times a day with meals
B. four times a day before meals
C. three times a day after meals

4. What does Carla suggest he do?
A. take herbal medicine
B. see another doctor
C. eat chicken soup

5. What does Steve decide to do?
A. talk to another friend
B. listen to Carla’s suggestion
C. see the same doctor again

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College Life

Description: Whether you are trying to get an online MBA or just going to a local college, there are a number of things you have to consider including location, cost, and the reputation of school. What factor is most important to you?
Helpful tip: If you’re interested in a university degree, you might be able to get one online in your field. Many universities offer such programs.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What does the man want to do after he graduates?
A. He wants to become a teacher.
B. He hopes to go on to graduate school.
C. He’d like to work at a hotel.

2. What is the woman majoring in?
A. history
B. French
C. computer science

3. How does the woman pay for college?
A. She has a part-time job.
B. She received a scholarship.
C. Her parents are paying for it.

4. Where does the man work part-time?
A. at a bakery
B. in a library
C. at a restaurant

5. What thing did the man NOT say about his job?
A. His co-workers are friendly.
B. He works long hours.
C. The pay is okay.

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Shopping for the Day

Description: Shopping online or at local department stores is an activity many people enjoy. How often do you go shopping for the following items and where do you buy them: clothing, gifts for friends and family, music, DVD movies, electronics?
Helpful tip: If you can’t find a present you are looking for at a local retail store, try shopping online. It’s convenient and you can often save money and time.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the girl shopping for?
A. a present for her mother
B. a present for a friend
C. a present for her father

2. How much is the black wallet?
A. $49.95
B. $40.95
C. $44.95

3. Why doesn’t the girl like the brown wallet?
A. There isn’t a place to put pictures.
B. It’s too big and heavy.
C. She doesn’t like the color.

4. About how much does the girl have to spend?
A. $5.00
B. $10.00
C. $13.00

5. What does the girl decide to buy?
A. a black wallet
B. a brown belt
C. a tie

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Tell me about yourself

Description: Having pen friends is a good way to meet people. What kinds of things would you write or talk about when introducing yourself to a pen friend (pen pal) for the first time? How do these topics change depending on the situation and the person to whom you are speaking (e.g., an older man on a airplane or a fellow student at a party)?
Helpful tip: When meeting people for the first time, be careful to not share too much personal information about yourself. There is always time for the later if you feel comfortable with the person.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the man’s name?
A. Craig
B. Greg
C. Gary

2. Where was the man born?
A. Arizona
B. Kansas
C. Colorado

3. Which sentence best describes his university studies?
A. He is a third-year student.
B. He is majoring in Spanish.
C. He really enjoys his studies.

4. Where does the man work?
A. at a bookstore
B. at a restaurant
C. at a supermarket

5. What is one thing the man likes to do in his free time?
A. reading
B. jogging
C. camping

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