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Private Language Tutor

Description: What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking private lessons, small group lessons (3-10 students), or language classes of 20 or more students?
Helpful tip: Not all teachers are the same. If you need private lessons, find a teacher that has special skills and experience in the area that interests you.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the man’s name?
A. His name is Mike.
B. He goes by Nick.
C. His friends call him Nate.

2. Where is the man from?
A. He’s from Brownston.
B. His hometown is Brownsburg.
C. He’s originally from Brownsville.

3. How old is the man?
A. He’s in his early twenties.
B. He’s in his mid twenties.
C. He’s in his late twenties.

4. Where did the man meet Sarah?
A. He met her on a bus.
B. They were introduced at a party.
C. He saw her in a language class.

5. Sarah’s older sister is worried that Nick _____________.
A. is a terrible language teacher
B. is going to be a negative influence on her
C. charges too much money for lessons

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Children’s Books: Reading Time

Description: What kinds of books do children like to read? Where can you find cheap or discount books? Do you buy books at a bookstore or at an online bookstore?
Helpful tip: Reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is a great way to help them get excited about books. Also, taking kids to a local library will expose them to great literature and will give them have a great start on their reading skills.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the father reading at the beginning of the conversation?
A. a novel
B. a magazine
C. a newspaper

2. What kind of book does the girl want to read?
A. a book about animals
B. a book on dolls
C. a book about candy and cookies

3. What does the girl’s teacher say about reading?
A. The girl can check out books from the library.
B. The girl should read books everyday.
C. The girl ought to read at least ten books a night.

4. What is one thing the girl wants to eat while they are reading?
A. cookies
B. ice cream
C. bananas

5. About what time of day is it in the conversation?
A. the late morning
B. the early afternoon
C. in the evening

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Heavenly Pies Restaurant

Description: Finding good restaurants usually isn’t a problem for language students; ordering at one can be if you don’t know appropriate language expressions. What kinds of questions and expressions would you expect to hear between a customer and a server?
Helpful tip: Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the menu. In fact, skip the burger and fries, and trying something new will be both a cultural and language experience.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What does the man order?
A. T-bone steak
B. chicken fried steak
C. broiled chicken

2. What does he eat with his meal?
A. fries
B. bread
C. rice

3. What does he have to drink?
A. small juice
B. medium juice
C. large juice

4. What kind of dressing does he ask for?
A. French
B. Italian
C. ranch

5. Why is the restaurant not serving pies today?
A. The baker was hurt at work and can’t prepare them.
B. The oven is broken and hasn’t been repaired.
C. The restaurant has decided to only sell ice cream.

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Picnic Preparations

Description: Imagine you have been asked to organize a picnic? Where would you hold the picnic and what food, appetizers, and drink would you buy? Make a list and discuss it with a partner.
Helpful tip: Cooking hamburgers over a grill isn’t hard to do, but don’t cook the meat too long, or you might end up with a tasteless and dry meal.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. When is the picnic?
A. on Thursday
B. on Friday
C. on Saturday
D. on Sunday

2. Where is the picnic being held?
A. at a park
B. at the beach
C. at Dave’s house
D. by a river

3. How many packages of hot dogs do they decide to buy?
A. six
B. seven
C. eight
D. nine

4. Why has Kathy been so busy lately?
A. She has been working a lot recently.
B. She has been taking care of her sick mother.
C. She has been taking two night classes.
D. She has been looking for a new job.

5. What does Dave suggest Scott make for the picnic dessert?
A. cherry pie
B. chocolate cake
C. oatmeal cookies
D. fudge brownies

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Party Invitations: Meeting Famous People

Description: What are some topics of conversation that people have when attending a social gathering like a party or barbecue?
Helpful tip: Always keep in mind that attending a party in a foreign country can be a different experience from what you are used to in your country. Ask a friend to help you understand specific customs regarding food, gifts, and basic etiquette so you don’t appear out of place.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Gregorio is well known for his ability to work with ____________.
A. famous athletes
B. animals
C. world dancers

2. What is one thing that is NOT true about him?
A. He’s tall.
B. He’s wearing green slacks.
C. He has on a blue jacket.

3. What does Georgina do for a living?
A. She’s a popular sports figure.
B. She’s famous for her cooking skills.
C. She makes a living selling tennis shoes.

4. Georgina is a ____________ woman wearing a yellow dress.
A. large
B. heavy
C. small

5. What is the other invited guest, Brad Pitt, doing in the conversation?
A. He’s sitting in the room.
B. He’s standing by a table.
C. He’s eating some refreshments.

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Party Time!

Description: Suppose you have been invited to a party. How would you dress for the occasion? What types of fashionable clothing can you purchase at local stores or even online clothing stores?
Helpful tip: If you are invited to a party, be sure to ask what the dress is for the occasion (i.e., formal or informal). You don’t want to go overdressed or underdressed for such events.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Who is visiting Jori for the weekend?
A. her best friend
B. her brother Bob
C. her sister

2. What is Carol wearing?
A. a sweater
B. a red sweat shirt
C. a black blouse

3. What is Carol like?
A. She’s sociable.
B. She’s timid
C. She’s very reserved.

4. What is Bob wearing?
A. a flashy suit jacket
B. a green tie
C. blue jeans

5. Jori knows Bob because:
A. they work together in the same office.
B. she is taking karate lessons from him.
C. they met at a party two months ago.

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New Year’s Day

Description: How do you celebrate the new year in your country with family or friends?
Helpful tip: If you plan to make new goals for the coming year, choose things that are possible and realistic. Setting a goal to run 20 marathons in one year is almost impossible for people who have never run before.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. Randall used to ___________ with friends to celebrate the new year.
A. play games
B. watch movies
C. watch fireworks

2. Randall and his friends would eat ________ on New Year’s Eve.
A. salad
B. fried chicken
C. pizza

3. When Randall’s children were little, he used to ___________ on that night.
A. put them to bed early
B. watch TV together
C. stay up late

4. Now, Randall usually ______________ on New Year’s Eve.
A. goes for a drive
B. goes to bed early
C. prepares a special dinner

5. According to Randall, New Year’s Day isn’t a big celebration for him because _________.
A. every new day is a new beginning
B. he doesn’t like change
C. he feels like he is gettng older

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Good Old Blues

Description: I-pods and other MP3 media players are becoming popular to play music on the go. Try and name at least 7 different types of music. Which are most popular in your country? Do you download music files from the Internet? If so, do you download them to a portable MP3 player or other device?
Helpful tip: In addition to listening to music, MP3 Players can be used to record your voice. You can use such devices to keep an audio voice journal to practice you speaking and pronunciation skills.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What kinds of music does this radio station play?
A. rhythm and blues
B. heavy metal
C. latin

2. What is the disk jockey’s first name?
A. Harold
B. Harvey
C. Harry

3. Listeners can win ___________ by saying the name of the song.
A. music CDs
B. concert tickets
C. money

4. The man’s phone number is ___________.
A. 693-3019
B. 693-1390
C. 693-1319

5. To win, listeners must know the name of the song and ________ it was recorded.
A. where
B. when
C. how many times

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Spending Money

Description: Did you receive allowance from your parents when you were child? How about now? Did you have to do household chores to earn the money? How did you spend it?
Helpful tip: Many people believe that children need to be taught the value of work. Thus, instead of just giving children allowance, consider tying their allowance to their doing chores around the house. No work, no pay.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. How much does the father owe his son in allowance?
A. three dollars
B. thirteen dollars
C. thirty dollars

2. Why hasn’t the father given his son allowance?
A. because he didn’t remember to do it
B. because he doesn’t have any money now
C. because his son already has money

3. When does the father usually give his son money?
A. on Friday
B. on Saturday
C. on Sunday

4. Where does the man get money to pay his son?
A. in his bedroom
B. at the bank
C. from the bookstand

5. Choose one thing the boy does NOT mention about how he will spend his money.
A. He will buy some toys.
B. He will save some of it.
C. He will give part to the needy.

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Phone Message

Description: Make a list of all of the reasons why a person may not be able to take a call (e.g., she’s out of the office, he’s on another line, etc.). When you do take a call, be sure to repeat the caller’s name, number, and message before you hang up to confirm that you have the correct information.
Helpful tip: Using calling cards is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family overseas because they can be used from any phone.

Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

1. What is the name of the caller?
A. Nick
B. Nate
C. Neil

2. According to the girl, her father:
A. is not home.
B. is on another line.
C. can’t come to the telephone.

3. What is the man’s telephone number?
A. 598-7482
B. 587-4728
C. 589-7248

4. The man tells the girl:
A. that he will call again sometime after 7:00 PM.
B. to ask her father to call him later.
C. that he will drop by around 8:30 PM.

5. What does the girl refuse to tell the caller?
A. her age
B. her name
C. her address

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