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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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Hotel Room Service

Description: What kinds of things can you order from room service at a hotel? What types of hotels offer such services?
Helpful tip: If you don’t understand items on the menu at a restaurant, then don’t be afraid to ask a server.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. The man orders a ______________, fries, and a small salad.
A. steak
B. chicken sandwich
C. hamburger

2. What drink or beverage does the man order
A. some orange juice
B. a coke
C. a glass of milk

3. The man is in room ______.
A. 614
B. 640
C. 644

4. What is the man’s name?
A. Joseph
B. Joshua
C. James

5. About when will the hotel deliver the man’s food?
A. 7:00
B. 7:15
C. 7:30

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Christmas is Coming!

Description: Christmas is a time when children hope to receive presents from their parents, other family, and friends. Imagine that you are one of the children in this conversation (a three-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl). What Christmas gifts would you like to receive?
Helpful tip: Try renting a movie and watching the captions on movie DVDs as a way of helping you improve your listening skills. There are some great Websites where you can find DVDs.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What does the little boy NOT ask for Christmas?
A. a toy train
B. a play car
C. hand-held radio receiver-transmitters

2. What does the girl want for Christmas?
A. dolls
B. Barbie playhouse
C. marbles

3. What are some of the foods the children want to prepare for Santa’s reindeer?
A. cookies, apples, and carrots
B. hot chocolate, oranges, and corn
C. apples, oranges, and cookies

4. What time do they plan to go to bed?
A. 7:00 p.m.
B. 8:00 p.m.
C. 9:00 p.m.

5. How is Santa going to enter the house?
A. through the back door
B. down the chimney
C. through a basement window

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Daily Schedule

Description: What is your daily schedule? What time do you wake up and go to work or school? What do you do when you get home? What time do you go to bed?
Helpful tip: Having an answering machine with a clear message can help your caller know exactly what information they should record (e.g., their name, the time they called, and a short message).

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What time does the man get up?
A. at 5:00 a.m.
B. at 6:00 a.m.
C. at 7:00 a.m.

2. What time does he get to work?
A. at 7:00 a.m.
B. at 8:00 a.m.
C. at 9:00 a.m.

3. What does he do with his family around 6:30 p.m.?
A. They read books together.
B. They play games.
C. They eat dinner.

4. What do the man and his wife do after the kids go to bed?
A. They watch TV.
B. They clean the house.
C. They listen to music.

5. What is one thing the man does NOT say about his wife?
A. She has to take their children to school.
B. She helps the kids with their homework.
C. She goes shopping for food.

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Restaurant Order

Description: What is your favorite restaurant? What do you like most about the restaurant? What do you usually order there? How much does this meal cost?
Helpful tip: If you don’t understand items on the menu at a restaurant, then don’t be afraid to ask a server.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. How many cheeseburgers does the man order?
A. 18
B. 48
C. 80

2. The man is ordering food for a ___________ team.
A. basketball
B. soccer
C. tennis

3. The man asks for _______ orders of fries.
A. 40
B. 50
C. 60

4. He also orders 40 ___________ shakes.
A. chocolate
B. strawberry
C. vanilla

5. The total comes to ________.
A. $290.13
B. $219.13
C. $290.30

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Video Rental Shop Version B

Description: When you hear the words «Video Rental Shop,» what images come to your mind (i.e., the kind of store, the types of goods being rented, the policies of the store, prices, etc.)?
Helpful tip: Video rental stores are not the only place where you can find videos and DVDs. Now, there are more and more online video rental Websites that offer similar services.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Where does this conversation most likely take place?
A. at a movie theater
B. at a library
C. at a video rental shop

2. How much do new movies cost to rent?
A. $2.00
B. $3.50
C. $5.00

3. How much did the man spend on movies?
A. $3.50
B. $5.50
C. $7.50

4. When does the man need to return the movies?
A. Thursday
B. Friday
C. Saturday

5. What do you need to rent a video at this shop?
A. a driver’s license
B. a school ID
C. a membership card

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Eyeglasses for You

Description: Eyeglasses are very important to many people around the world. Now, you will hear a tape recorded message of one eyewear store. You would normally hear such a message if you called the store after hours. What kind of information would you expect to hear?
Helpful tip: Many stores have tape recorded messages advertising their services. Listen carefully because you will hear a lot of information in about 30 seconds or less.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the name of the store?
A. American Village
B. American Image
C. American Vision

2. What time does the store open on Wednesday?
A. 8:00 AM
B. 8:30 AM
C. 9:00 AM

3. What day is the store closed?
A. Friday
B. Saturday
C. Sunday

4. How much would you pay for this store’s main product on Saturday if it cost $100 during the rest of week?
A. $90
B. $80
C. $70

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