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Unit 1 A time to remember

Conversation 2A

Ted: Oh, I’m really sorry. Are you OK?

Ana: I’m fine. But I’m not very good at this.

Ted: Neither am I. Say, are you from South America?

Ana: Yes, I am, originally. I was born in Argentina.

Ted: Did you grow up there?

Ana: Yes, I did, but my family moved here eight years ago, when I was in high school.

Ted: And where did you learn to Rollerblade?

Ana: Here in the park. This is only my second time.

Ted: Well, it’s my first time. Can you give me some lessons?

Ana: Sure, Just follow me.

Ted: By the way, my name is Ted.

Ana: And I’m Ana. Nice to meet you.

Conversation 2B

Ted: Hey, that was fun. Thanks for the lesson!

Ana: No problem. So, tell me a little about yourself. What do you do?

Ted: I work in a travel agency.

Ana: Really! What do you do there?

Ted: I’m in charge of their computers.

Ana: Oh, so you’re a computer specialist.

Ted: Well, sort of. Yeah, I guess so.

Ana: T hat’s great. Then maybe you can give me some help with a computer course I’m tak ing.

Ted: Oh, sure . . . but only if you promise to give me some more Rollerblading lessons.

Ana: I t’s a deal!

Listening 4

Yu Hong

Interviewer: Where are you from originally, Yu Hong?

Yu Hong: I’m from china . . . from near Shanghai.

Interviewer: And when did you move here?

Yu Hong: I came here after I graduated from college. That was in 1992.

Interviewer: And what do you do now?

Yu Hong: I’m a transportation engineer.

Interviewer: I see. S o you’re an immigrant to the United States.

Yu Hong: Yes, that’s right.

Interviewer: What are some of the difficulties of being an immigrant in the U.S.?

Yu Hong: Oh, that’s not an easy question to answer. There are so many things, really. I guess one of the biggest difficulties is that I don’t have any relatives here. I mean, I have a lot of friends, but that’s not the same

thing. In china, on holidays or the weekend, we visit relatives. It isn’t the same here.

Interviewer: And what do you miss the most from home?

Yu Hong: O h, that’s easy: my mom’s soup! Sh e makes great soup. I really miss my mother’s cooking.

Ajay

Interviewer: Where are you from, Ajay?

Ajay: I’m from India.

Interviewer: And when did you move to the U.S.?

Ajay: It was in 1991.

Interviewer: Are you studying here at the moment?

Ajay: N ot now. I came here as a student and graduated two years ago. I’m working as a computer technician. Interviewer: Uh-huh. And what was it like when you first came here? Was it difficult?

Ajay: Yeah, it was at times. The main difficulty I had was with the educational system. Things are very different here. Teaching methods, everything is very different from what I was used to in India. Interviewer: And what do you miss the most from India?

Ajay: To tell you the truth, after you’re here for a while, you don’t miss anything very much. Hmmm, but I guess the weather and my family are the things I miss. And the quality of life. The quality of life is much

nicer back home, frankly speaking.

Conversation 7A

Jeff: Hey! Are these pictures of you when you were a kid?

Kim: Yeah, that’ me in front of my uncle’s beach house. When I was a kid, we used to spend two weeks there every summer.

Jeff: Wow, I bet that was fun!

Kim: Yeah. We always had a great time. Every day we used to get up early and walk along the beach .I had a great shell collection. In fact, I think it’s still up in the attic!

Jeff: Hey, I used to collect shells, too, when I was a kid. But my parents threw them out!

Conversation 7B

Jeff: You know what I remember most about growing up?

Kim: What?

Jeff: V isiting my grandparent’s house… you know, on holidays and stuff. They lived way out in the country, and my granddad had a horse named Blackie. He taught me how to ride. I just loved that horse – and she loved me, too! I used to really enjoy spending time at my grandparent’s house. And every time I came back, Blackie remembered me.

Kim: Ah, memories!

Unit 2 Caught in the rush

Conversation 2A

Lynn: Why is there never a bus when you want one?

Sam: Good question. There aren’t enough buses on this rout e.

Lynn: Sometimes I feel like writing a letter to the paper.

Sam: Good idea. You should say that we need more subway lines, too.

Lynn: Yeah. There should be more public transportation in general.

Sam: And fewer cars! There’s too much traffic.

Lynn: Say, is that our bus coming?

Sam: Yes, it is. But look. It’s full!

Lynn: Oh, no! Let’s go and get a cup of coffee. We can talk about this letter I’m going to write.

Conversation 2B

Sam: So, are you really going to write a letter to the paper?

Lynn: Sure. I’m going to say something about the buses. T hey’re too old. W e need more modern buses… nice air-conditioned ones.

Sam: And they need to put more buses on the road.

Lynn: Right. And there are too many cars downtown, and there isn’t enough parking.

Sam: T hat’s for sure. It’s impossible to find a parking space downtown these days.

Lynn: I think they should ban private cars downtown between nine and five.

Sam: Oh, you mean they shouldn’t allow any cars except taxis and buses during the regular workday. H mm… that sounds like a really good idea.

Listening 4

Engineer: Quite a number of things have been done to help solve traffic problems in Singapore. For example, motorists must buy a special pass if they want to drive into the downtown business district. They can go into the business district only if they have the pass displayed on their windshield.

Another thing Singapore has done is to make it more difficult to buy cars. People have to apply for a certificate if they want to buy a car. And the number of certificates is limited. Not everyone can get one.

There is also a high tax on cars, so it costs three or four times as much to buy a car in Singapore as it does in, say, the United States or Canada.

The other thing Singapore has done is to build an excellent public transportation system. Their subway system is one of the best in the world. And there is also a very good taxi and bus system.

Conversation 8 A

Erica: Excuse me. Could you tell me where the bank is?

Man: There’s one upstairs, across from t he duty-free shop.

Erica: Oh, thanks. Do you know what time it opens?

Man: It should be open now. It opens at 8:00 A.M.

Erica: Good, and can you tell me how often the buses leave for the city?

Man: You need to check at the transportation counter. It’s right down the hall.

Erica: Ok, And just one more thing. Do you know where the nearest restroom is?

Man: Right behind you. ma’am. See that sign?

Erica: Oh. Thanks a lot.

Conversation 8 B

Erica: Excuse me. It’s me again. I’m sorry. I need some more information – if you don’t mind.

Man: Not at all.

Erica: Thanks. Do you know how much a taxi costs to the city?

Man: Well, it depends on the traffic, of course. But it usually costs about forty dollars.

Erica: Forty dollars? I guess I’ll take the bus. That means I have almost an hour till the next one. Where could I find an inexpensive restaurant in the airport? Maybe a fast-food place?

Man: Go upstairs and turn right. You’ll see the snack bar on your left.

Erica: Thanks very much. Have a nice day.

Man: You, too.

Unit 3 Time for a change!

Conversation 2 A Apartment hunting

Mr. Dean: What do you think?

Mrs. Dean: Well,it has just as many bedrooms as the last apartment. And the living room is huge.

Jenny: But the bedrooms are too small. And there isn’t e nough closet space for my clothes.

Mr. Dean: And it’s not as cheap as the last apartment we saw.

Mrs. Dean: But that apartment was dark and dingy. And it was in a dangerous neighborhood.

Mr. Dean: Let’s see if the real estate agent has something else to show us.

Conversation 2B Apartment hunting

Mr. Dean: Well, how do you like this place, then?

Jenny: Oh, it’s much better than that other one. The thing I like best is the bedrooms. They are huge!

Mrs. Dean: Yes, they are nice and big.

Jenny: And there two bathrooms! I could have my own bathroom!

Mrs. Dean: Yes, I guess you could.

Jenny: The only problem is the color of the living room. I really don’t like those dark green walls.

Mrs. Dean: Oh, I’m sure we can change the color if we want to.

Listening 5

1.

Man1: Creative Rentals. Good morning.

Woman1: Hello. I’m calling about the apartment you have for rent.

Man1: Yes. What can I tell you about it?

Woman1: Where is it, exactly?

Man1: It’s on King Street, just off the freeway.

Woman1: Oh, near the freeway. Can you hear the traffic?

Man1: Yes, I’m afraid you do hear some. But the apartment has lots of space. It has three bedrooms and a very large living room.

Woman: I see. And is it in a new building?

Man1: Well, the building is about fifty years old.

Woman1: Uh-huh. Well, I’ll think about it.

Man1: Ok. Thanks for calling.

Woman1: Thank you. Bye.

2.

Woman2: Hello?

Man2: Hello. Is the apartment you’re advertising still available?

Woman2: Yes, it is.

Man2: Can you tell me a little about it?

Woman2: Well, it’s a perfect apartment for one person. It’s one room with a kitchen at one end.

Man2: I see. And is it far away from the subway?

Woman2: There’s a subway station just down the street. Actually, the apartment is located right downtown, so you step out of the building and there are stores and restaurants everywhere. But it’s on a high floor, so you don’t hear any street or traffic noise.

Man2: It sounds like just the kind of place I’m looking for. I’d like to come see it, please.

Woman2: Sure. Let me give you the address.

3.

Man3: Town and City Rentals. How can I help you?

Woman3: Hi. Umm... is that apartment you advertised still available?

Man3: Yes, it is.

Woman3: Oh, good. Umm...Listen. I, I can’t pay too much, so the low price you’re asking is, is really good for me. Man3: Great.

Woman3: How big is it?

Man3: It’s two rooms, plus the kitchen and bathroom.

Woman3: Well, is it a safe place to live?

Man3: Well, I can tell you I’ve lived here for five years and I never heard about anybody having a problem. Woman3: Oh, that’s good. Uh... let’s see. Oh, yeah. Does the apartment have a lot of windows?

Man3: Windows? Yes, there are plenty of windows. But unfortunately, there isn’t much light, really. See, there’s another building right next to ours.

Woman3: Oh, that’s OK. I’m never around in the day anyway. Do you think it’s all right if I come and look at it?

Man3: Anytime. When do you want to see it?

Conversation 7A Making wishes

Brian: So where are you working now, Terry?

Terry: Oh, I’m still at the bank. I don’t like it, though.

Brian: That’s too bad .Why not?

Terry: Well, It’s boring, and it doesn’t pay very well.

Brian: I know what you mean .I don’t like my job either. I wish I could find a better job.

Terry: Actually, I don’t want to work at all anymore. I wish I had a lot of money so I could retire now.

Brian: Hmm, how old are you, Terry?

Terry: Uh, twenty-six.

Conversation 7B Making wishes

Brian: So how are things going with you and Susie, Terry?

Terry: Oh, you didn’t know? She and I broke up a couple of month ago. We decided we needed a break from each other for a while. But I miss her a lot. I wish we could get back together again.

Brian: I’m sure you will.

Terry: I really hope so. So what kind of job would like to look for?

Brian: I’m not sure, but I’d love something that would involve travel. And I’d really like to move to another city.

I’m sick of this place. I need to live somewhere more exciting.

Terry: I know what you mean. It sure can get boring around here at times.

Listening 9

1.

Man1: Yeah, I really need a change. I’ve been doing the same thing for over five years now, and I’m just not learning anything new. It’s the same routine every day, and I am really sick of sitting in front of a computer. I think I need to try something totally different. I want to be in a profession that involves meeting people.

2.

Woman1: I really need to join a club or sports team to give me something to do on weekends. I get really bored on the weekends, and if I joined a club, I’d probably get to meet people and make new friends.

3.

Man2: I should take a typing course this summer. I really need it for my school work. And people say that if you can type really well, it’s something you’ll find useful later in life.

4.

Woman2: Gosh, I really have to go on a diet. I’ve gained ten pounds since last year, and everyone tells me I look fat.

And if I don’t lose weight now, I won’t be able to get into any of my summer clothes.

Unit 4 I’ve never heard of that!

Conversation 2A

Kathy: Hey, this sounds good-snails with garlic! Have you ever eaten snails?

John: No, I haven’t?

Kathy: Oh, they’re delicious! I had them last time. Like to try some?

John: No, thanks. They sound strange.

Waitress: Have you decided on an appetizer yet?

Kathy: Yes, I’ll ha ve the snails, please.

Waitress: And you, sir?

John: I think I’ll have the fried brains.

Kathy: Fried brains? Now that really sounds strange!

Conversation 2B

Kathy: Oh, good! Here comes the waitress now!

Waitress: Here are your snails, madam. And for you, sir ... the fried brains.

John: Thank you.

Kathy: Mmmm, these snails are delicious! How are the brains?

John: Well, I think they’re ... yuck! Oh, sorry, I guess brains are pretty strange after all. Um, I think I’m going to order something else, if you don’t mind.

Kathy: Oh, sure. Go ahead.

John: Miss! Excuse me, miss!

Waitress: Yes?

John: Uh, I really don’t care for this appetizer. Could you bring me something else?

Waitress: Yes, of course. What would you like instead?

Kathy: Try the snails.

John: No, I don’t think so. I’ll tell you what. Just forget an appetizer for me, and bring me a nice, juicy hamburger...

medium rare ... with french fries and a large soda.

Listening 5

1.

Woman1: Have you finished with this?

Man1: No, I’m still drinking it. Thanks.

2.

Man2: Did you order this?

Woman2: Yes, that’s mine. Mmm, it looks great and smells delicious!

3.

Man3: Don’t you like it?

Woman3: I haven’t tasted it yet. I’m waiting for the waitress to bring me a fork.

4.

Man1: Did you enjoy it?

Woman2: Well, it was a little tough. I think it was cooked for too long.

5.

Woman3: How is it?

Man3: Great. Just the way I like it: black and strong.

6.

Man3: Your turn or mine?

Man1: It’s my treat this time. You paid last time. Remember?

Unit 5 Going places

Conversation 2 A

Julia: I’m so excited! We have too weeks off! What are you going to do?

Nancy: I’m not sure. I guess I’ll just stay home. Maybe I’ll catch up on my reading. What about you? Any Plans? Julia: Well, my parents have rented a condominium in Florida. I’m going to take long walk s along the beach every day and do lots of swimming.

Nancy: Sounds great!

Julia: Say, Why don’t you come with us? We have plenty of room.

Nancy: Do you mean it? I’d love to!

Listening 5

1. Judy

Woman: So, what are you planning to do for your vacation, Judy?

Judy: Oh, I’m doing something really exotic this year. You know, I went to Hawaii last year, and just stayed on the beach for two weeks. This year, I’m going white-water rafting!

Woman: Ooh, that sounds great. But what is it, exactly?

Judy: Oh, well, you know, it’s in Colorado. They have all these trips down the rapids. The water gets really rough, but I think it’ll be really exciting. Oh, I’m doing some rock climbing, too.

Woman: And you call that a vacation?

2. Paul

Woman: What are your plans for the summer, Paul?

Paul: Oh, I’d love to go and lie on a beach somewhere, but I need to save some money for school. I think I’ll stay home and get a job.

Woman: That doesn’t sound like much fun.

Paul: Oh, it won’t be too bad. Some of my friends are going to work this summer, too, so we’ll do some partying on the weekends.

3. Brenda

Man: Have you planned anything for the summer, Brenda?

Brenda: Yeah. I’m going to work the first month and save some money. Then I’m going to go down to Mexico for six weeks to stay with my sister. She’s working in Guadalajara. She says it’s really interesting there, so I want to go and see what it’s like. It will also give me a chance to practice my Spanish. I’m really looking forward to it.

Conversation 7

Lucy: Hey, Mom .I want to backpack around Europe this summer. What do you think?

Mom: Backpack around Europe? That’s sounds dangerous! You shouldn’t go by yourself. You ought to go with someone.

Lucy: Yes, I’ve thought of that.

Mom: And you’d be tter talk to your father first.

Lucy: I already did. He thinks it’s a great idea. He wants to come with me!

Listening 11 Tourist tips

Interviewer: What should people do to make their visit to New York City safe and pleasant?

Spokesperson: I think the biggest mistake many people make is trying to do too much in a short time. There’s so much to see and do that you need to have a plan. It’s best to start planning before you get here, so you have

information about hotels, restaurants, sightseeing, and so on. Visitors can use our Web site to get the

information they need to start planning before they come here; or they can phone or fax us. Interviewer: How safe is New York City for tourists?

Spokesperson: New York is a much safer place than many people think. In fact, it’s the safest it’s been in thirty years! Interviewer: Oh, that’s good to hear!

Spokesperson: Yes, but that doesn’t mean people don’t have to be careful; tourists in New York ought to be careful, just like in any big city in the world. For students, I would say travel in groups. If you get lost, it’s easier as a

group to find your way. You really shouldn’t go off on your own if you can find someone to go with you.

Another thing to remember is: Don’t be afraid to ask for directions, even if your English isn’t perfect.

People often stop me on the street to ask for directions, and that’s not only foreign visitors. American

visitors also have trouble finding their way around; and you’ll find New Yorkers are really very friendly. Interviewer: Yes, I agree. We are!

Spokesperson: Uh-huh.

Interviewer: Is there any other advice you can give visitors to the Big Apple?

Spokesperson: Well, another thing to remember is not to leave anything valuable in your car if you have one. Don’t leave suitcases on the back seat where people can see them, and it’s better not to even leave them in the

truck. Most cars are very easy to get into, so it’s not worth the risk. But most people have a great time

when they come to New York. And you will, too, if you use your common sense.

Unit 6 Sure. No problem!

Conversation 2A Making requests

M r. Field: Jason…J ason! Turn down the TV a little, please.

Jason: Oh, but it’s my favorite program!

Mr. Field: I know. But it’s very loud.

Jason: OK, I’ll turn it down.

Mr. Field: That’s better, Thanks.

Mrs. Field: Lisa, please pick up your things. They’re all over the living room floor.

Lisa: In a minute, Mom, I’m on the phone.

Mrs. Field: OK. But do it as soon as you hang up.

Lisa: Sure. No, problem!

Mrs. Field: Goodness! Were we like this when we were kids?

Mr. Field: Definitely!

Conversation 2B Making requests

Jason: Have you notice how forgetful Dad is getting? He’s always forgetting where his car keys are. It drives me crazy.

Lisa: And he can never find his glasses either.

Jason: I know.

Lisa: You know what drives me crazy about Mom?

Jason: What?

Lisa: Those awful talk shows she watches on TV. She just loves them.

Jason: Yeah, I think she watches them for hours every day.

Lisa: Oh, well. I guess they’re just getting old. I hope I never get like that.

Jason: Me, too. Hey, let’s go and play a video game.

Lisa: Great idea. By the way, have you seen my glasses anywhere?

Listening 6 Excuses, excuses!

1.

Mom: James, please turn that down.... James!

James: Yes, Mom?

Mom: Turn that down. It’s much too loud.

James: Sorry, Mom. I had it turned up because I wanted to hear the game.

2.

Dad: Molly, put the groceries away, please. There’s ice cream in one of the bags.

Molly: I can’t right now, Dad. I’m doing my homework.

3.

Mom: What’s this? .... James!

James: Yeah, Mom?

Mom: Why are there all these wet towels on the bathroom floor? Please pick them up and hang them up to dry. James: Gosh, I’m really sorry, Mom. I forgot all about them.

4.

Dad: Justin, come help me. We need to wash these dishes before your mother gets home.

Justin: Oh, Dad. I’d like to help, but I have to call Laurie. It’s really important.

5

Dad1: Aimee, I think the dog is trying to tell you something!

Aimee: Well, I can’t possibly take him out right now. I’m doing my nails.

Conversation 7 A

George: Hi. I’m your new neighbor, George Rivera. I live next door.

Stephanie: Oh, hi. I’m Stephanie Lee.

George: So, you just moved in? Do you need anything?

Stephanie: Not right now. But thanks.

George: Well, let me know if you do. Um, by the way, would you mind turning your stereo down? The walls are really thin, so the sound goes right through to my apartment.

Stephanie: Oh, I’m sorry! I didn’t realize that. I’ll make sure to keep the volume down. Oh, by the way, is there a good Italian restaurant in the neighborhood?

George: Yeah. There’s a great one a couple of blocks from here. Try their lasagna. It’s delicious!

Apologies 8

1.

Man1: Hello, I’m sorry to bother you, but I think your car is parked in my space downstairs

Woman1: Really?

Man1: Yes. Do you drive a blue Honda?

Woman1: Yes. I do.

Man1: Well, there’s a blue Honda parked in space 13 – and that’s my space.

Woman1: Oh, I’m so sorry. My son must have put it in the wrong space. Ours is the one right next to yours – number

12. Let me get my keys, and I’ll go right down and move the car.

Man1: Thanks.

Woman1: And I’ll make sure my son doesn’t do it again.

Man1: I appreciate it.

2.

Man2: Gee, Bob, you’re really late. You said you’d be here at six, and look at the time. It’s almost six thirty!

Man3: I’m really sorry. Tell you what: I’ll pay for dinner.

Man2: Oh, it’s all right. You don’t have to do that.

Man3: No, I want to pay. You had to wait for me almost half an hour.

Man2: Well, hey, OK – if you insist. Thanks!

3

Man4: Hi, Sally. What happened to you on Sunday?

Woman2: Sunday? What do you mean?

Man4: You don’t remember? I had a party, and I invited you.

Woman2: Oh, gosh. Of course you did- and I completely forgot about it. Sorry. How, did the party go, anyway?

Man4: It was great, but we missed you.

Woman2: Gee, now I really feel bad!

Unit8 Let’s celebrate!

Conversation 3 A

Leo: Did you know next week is Halloween? It’s on October31

Natasha: So what do you do on Halloween? We don’t have that holiday in Russia.

Leo: Well, it’s a day when kids dress up in masks and costumes. They knock on people’s doors and as k for candy by saying the words “Trick or treat!”

Natasha: Hmm. Sounds interesting!

Leo: But it’s not just for kids. Lots of people have costume parties. Hey…my friend Pete is having a party. Would you like to go?

Natasha: Sure. I’d love to.

Conversation 3 B

Natasha: So are we going to wear costumes to the party?

Leo: Of course. That’s half the fun. Last year I rented this great Dracula costume, and this year I am going as a clown.

Natasha: A clown? Yes, you would make a good clown.

Leo: Hey!

Natasha: Oh, I’m just kidding. What about me? What kind of costume should I wear?

Leo: Why don’t you go as a witch? I saw a terrific witch outfit at the costume store.

Natasha: A witch… yeah, that’s a good idea. So after I scare people, you can make them laugh.

Conversation 8 A

Jill: You look beautiful in that kimono, Mari. Is this your wedding photo?

Mari: Yes, it is.

Jill: Do most Japanese women wear kimonos when they get married?

Mari: Yes, many of them do. Then after the wedding ceremony, the bride usually changes into a Western bridal dress during the reception.

Jill: Oh, I didn’t know that.

Conversation 8 B

Jill: Did you get married in a church, Mari?

Mari: No, the ceremony was held at a shrine.

Jill: Oh, a shrine…

Mari: Yes, we were married by a priest in a traditional Shinto ceremony.

Jill: Hmm, only the immediate family attended the ceremony …you know, our parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters …

Jill: And what about the reception? What was that like?

Mari: Lots of friends and relatives came to the reception …about a hundred people. And the first thing that happened was that the main guests gave formal speeches.

Jill: Speeches?

Mari: Yes, and then after that, all the guests were served a formal meal. While everyone was eating and drinking, lots of other guests gave short speeches or sang songs. Some of the speeches were funny.

Jill: Sounds like fun!

Mari: Yes, the songs and speeches are all party of the entertainment during a wedding reception. And then, at the end of the reception, each guest received a present for coming to the wedding.

Jill: A present from the bride and groom?

Mari: Yes, it’s a Japanese custom.

Jill: What a nice custom!

Unit 9 Back to the future

Conversation 8 A

Jody: Ugh! I feel awful. I really have to stop smoking.

Luis: So why don’t you quit?

Jody: Well, if I quit, I might gain weight!

Luis: A lot of p eople do, but…

Jody: And if I gain weight, I won’t be able to fit into any of my clothes!

Luis: Well, you can always go on a diet.

Jody: Oh, no. I’m terrible at losing weight on weight on diets. So if my clothes don’t fit. I’ll have to buy new ones.

I’l l have to get a part-time job, and…

Luis: Listen, it is hard to quit, b ut it’s not that hard. Do you w ant to know how I did it?

Conversation 8 B

Luis: Well, giving up smoking isn’t really as hard as you think. I managed to do it, so it can’t be that difficult.

You should try nicotine gum. You chew it just like regular chewing gum, and you don’t feel like smoking. Judy: Well, I guess it’s worth a try.

Unit10 I don’t like working on weekends!

Conversation 2 A

Brad: Any interesting jobs listed on the Internet today?

Sue: Well, there are a lot of retail jobs-selling clothes and stuff. But you have to work Saturday and Sunday. Brad: Hmm. I hate working on weekends.

Sue: Hmm… so do I .O h, here’s a job in sales. It’s a job selling children’s books to bookst ores.

Brad: That sounds interesting.

Sue: Yeah. Let’s see. You need have a driver’s license. And you have to work some evenings.

Brad: I don’t mind working evening during the week. And I enjoy driving. So, what’s the phone number?

Sue: It’s 798-3455.’

Conversation 2 B

Woman: [Phone rings] Delta Education.

Brad: Hello. I’m calling about the job you advertised for a salesperson. Is it still available?

Woman: Yes, it is.

Brad: Well, can you tell me something about the job?

Woman: Sure. Our company sells educational books for children. We’re looking for part-time salespeople to promote our books to local bookstores.

Brad: That sounds interesting. I’m a student, and I’m looking for part-time work.

Woman: Well, perhaps you’d like to come in for an interview.

Brad: Yes, I would.

Woman: Oh, just one thing we didn’t mention in the advertisement. Some of our books are in Spanish, so we’d like to hire someone who speaks Spanish.

Brad: Oh, as a matter of fact, I do.

Woman: Good. Well, let me arrange a time for you to come in for an interview.

Listening 5 Job hunting

1

Woman1: So, what kind of job are you looking for?

Man1: Well, I haven’t made up my mind. I love working with people, and I love traveling. I don’t want a job where I’m stuck in an office all day. I want to get out and see the world.

Woman1: Are you interested in working in business? That’s where you can sometimes make good money.

Man1: I’m not really interested in making a lot of money at this point in my life. I’ll worry about that later.

Word Power 7 Personality traits

1. A boss

Woman1: How do you like your new boss?

Man1: She’s OK. I just wish she’d learn to lighten up a little.

Woman1: What do you mean?

Nan1: Oh, she never enjoys a joke. She never laughs. It’s hard to even get a smile out of her.

2 A co-worker

Man2: Look what Mary gave me! Is n’t this a great book?

Woman2: Yeah, it is! Mary’s so sweet- she’s always giving her friends and co-workers presents, I wish there were more people like her in this world!

3 A teacher

Woman3: What do you think of the new French teacher?

Man3: Well, she’s kind of strange. She’s in a good mood one minute and in a terrible mood the next.

4 A relative

Man4: Hey, what’s wrong?

Woman4: I’m fed up with my brother! It seems as if he’s always angry at me about something.

Man4: Really?

Woman4: Yeah. He gets upset so easily. I don’t know what’s the matter with him.

Conversation 8 A

Tim: I don’t know what classes to take this semester. I can’t decide what I want to do with my life. Have you thought about it, Brenda?

Brenda: Yes, I have. I think I’d make a good journalist because I love writing.

Tim: Maybe I could be a teacher because I’m very creative. And I like working with kids.

Brenda: Oh, I wouldn’t want to be a teacher I’m too impatient.

Tim: I know one thing I could never do.

Brenda: What’s that?

Tim: I could never be a stockbroker because I’m not good at making decisions quickly.

Conversation 8 B

Brenda: My history professor says I should think about a career in politics. But I don’t think I’d make a good politician.

Tim: Why not, Brenda?

Brenda: Oh, you know me. I’m terrible at speaking in front of a lot of people- you know, like giving speeches and things. And politicians have to speak in public all the time.

Tim: That’s true. You know, that reminds me of a problem I’m having.

Brenda: What is it?

Tim: You know my parents have a really successful restaurant, right? Well, my father wants me to be the manager. Brenda: And you don’t want to?

Tim: No, not at all. I’d be a terrible manager. I’m much too disorganized.

Unit11 It’s really worth seeing!

Conversation 2A Sightseeing

Guide: We are now approaching the famous statue of Liberty, which has welcomed visitors to New York Harbor since 1886.

Andrew: Wow, Look at it.

James: I ncredible, isn’t it?

Guide: The statue was given to the United states by the people of France. It was designed by the Franch sculptor Bartholdi.

Andrew: It’s really huge .Do we get to go inside?

James: Of course. We can climb the stairs all the way up to the crown.

Andrew: Stairs? There’s no elevator?

James: Not to the top. But it’s just 142 steps!

Conversation 2B Sightseeing

Guide: Let me tell you a little more about the statue before you climb to the top. In case you’re wondering what the statue is made of, it has a framework inside that’s made of iron; the outer skin is made of copper. The copper skin is only 2.4millimeters thick. The supporting framework inside the statue is what holds the whole thing together. The Statue of Liberty is a major tourist attraction, and every year about two million people from all over the world come here to visit it.

Listening 6 Ancient monuments

1. The Pyramids. Who built them? Why were they built?

Man1: The Pyramids were built more than four thousand years ago by the Egyptians. The most famous ones are on the west bank of the river Nile, outside of Cairo. They served as burial places for the Egyptian Kings. After a king’s death, his body was turned into what is called a “mummy.” The preserved it. The King’s mummy was placed inside the pyramid, together with treasures and the King’s belongings.

2. Machu Picchu. When was it begun? When was it discovered?

Woman: Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city in Peru. Construction of the city started in 1450. The ruins are about 2,400 meters above sea level- that’s about 7,800 feet. The city covers about 13 square kilometers- that’s about

5 square miles. For centuries, the city was buried in the jungle and wasn’t discovered again until 1911. Today,

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of South America.

3. The Great Wall of China. Why was it built? How long is it?

Man2: The Great Wall of China is the longest manmade structure ever built. It was built to protect one of the

Chinese kingdoms. Much of what exists of the wall today was built during the Ming Dynasty in the late 1400s, although parts of the wall are much older and go back to around 200B.C. The wall is about 35feet high, or 11 meter, and a stone roadway runs along the top of it. The main part of the wall stretches for about 2,000miles, that is, about 3,400 kilometers.

Unit12 It’s been a long time!

Conversation 2 A

Richard: H ow did you get into modeling, Stacy?

Stacy: Well, when I graduate from drama school, I moved to Los Angeles to look for work as an actress. I was going to auditions every day, but I never got any parts. And I was running out of money.

Richard: S o, what did you do?

Stacy: I got a job as a waitress in a seafood restaurant. While I was working there, a customer offered me some work as a model. Within a few weeks, I was modeling full time.

Richard: W ow, what a lucky break!

Conversation 2 B

Stacy: So, Richard, what did you do after you graduated?

Richard: W ell, I majored in English literature in college.

Stacy: Uh-Huh.

Richard: S o, when I graduated, I tried to make my living as a writer.

Stacy: Oh, really?

Richard: Y eah, See, I’ve written a novel and I’ve sent it to eight different publishers, but they all, uh, rejected it. Say, would you like to read it, Stacy? I have it right here with me.

Stacy: Well, I’d love to read it, Richard,…but not right now. Uh, so do you have a job or anything?

Richard: O h, yes, I’m in sales.

Stacy: Oh! Where?

Richard: A ctually, I’m a salesclerk in a hardware store. But when my novel sells, I know I’ll be a best-selling author and I’ll make lots of money.

Listening 4 Lucky Break

Rodney

Interviewer: What do you do, Rodney?

Rodney: I have my own language school.

Interviewer: Is that right? And how did you get started?

Rodney: Well, I was teaching in a language school here in the city a few years ago. It was just a small school, and

I loved the work but the owner of the school didn’t run it very well. Then she decided to sell the school.

I didn’t have the money to buy it, but I have an uncle who’s kind of rich, so I asked him for a loan. My

uncle lent me the money, and I brought the school.

Interviewer: And it’s going well for you.

Rodney: Very well. My uncle really came through for me. He gave me my lucky break! In fact, I’ve already paid him back almost all the money he lent me.

Victor

Interviewer: What do you do, Victor?

Victor: I’m a writer.

Interviewer: What do you write?

Victor: I write plays and fiction- short stories mainly- as well as magazine articles.

Interviewer: Have you been writing full time for long?

Victor: About five years.

Interviewer: And how did you become a writer?

Victor: Well, I used to work for a company. I was living in Los Angeles at the time. I was writing company reports, brochures, that kind of thing. And I wrote for my own pleasure-you know, as a hobby. One day I

entered a short story of mine in a magazine contest, and my story won first prize. The editor of the

magazine liked my story so much that she asked me to write another one- and paid me for it!

Conversation 7 A

Pete: Hey, Joan! I haven’t seen you in ages. What have you been doing lately?

Joan: Nothing exciting .I’ve been working two jobs for the last six months.

Pete: How come?

Joan: I’m saving up money for a trip to Europe.

Pete: Well, I’ve only been spending money. I quit my job to go to graduate school. I’m studying journalism. Joan: Really? How long have you been doing that?

Pete: For two years .Luckily, I finish next month. I’m almost out of money.

Conversation 7 B

Maggie: Hey, Bob, how’s it going?

Bob: Pretty good, thanks.

Maggie: I haven’t seen you for a while. What have you been up to?

Bob: Well, I’ve been looking for a house to buy. I finally found one last month. I move in next week. Maggie: Gee, that’s terrific.

Bob: Yeah, I’m really tired of dealing with landlords. So what have you been doing lately?

Maggie: Well, I just got back from a vacation in Italy.

Bob: Italy? Whereabouts in Italy?

Maggie: Mostly in the north, around Milan. I have a cousin up there.

Bob: I see. Did you have a good time?

Maggie: Yeah, It was great. In fact, I just got engaged to a guy I met there.

Bob: You’re kidding! Well, that must have been some vacation!

Unit13 A terrific book, but a terrible movie

Conversation 2 A

P aul: Do you want to see a movie tonight?

Carol: Hmm. Maybe. What’s playing?

Lynn: How about new Steven Spielberg film? I hear it’s really exciting.

Carol: Who’s Steven Spielberg?

Paul: You know. He directed Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park.

Carol: Oh, Jurassic Park was boring. The book by Michael Crichton was fascinating, but the movie was terrible! Lynn: Well, I’m interested in that new Johnny Depp movie. It’s a romance. It’s been playing for about a month. Carol: Now that sounds good. I’ve never seen him in a romance, and I think he’s a wonderful actor!

Conversation 2 B

Lynn: You never saw Johnny Depp in Benny and Joon? That’s got to be one of my favorite movies of all time! Carol: Actually, I did see that. It was OK.

Paul: I saw it, too, and I thought it was awful.

Lynn: Well, I’ll call the theater and find out what time this new movie starts.[ Dials number] Hello, Could you tell

me what time the new Johnny Depp movie is playing tonight? [Pause as Lynn listens] Oh, really? Oh, OK.

Thanks [Hangs up] Y ou guys won’t be believe this. The new Johnny Depp movie just finished playing last night!

Paul: Oh, no!

Lynn: Yeah, and guess what’s playing now?

Carol: What?

Lynn: Benny and Joon!

Carol: Well, so much for our going to the movies tonight. What else could we do?

Paul: I have an idea.

Lynn: What?

Paul: The new skating rink opens tonight. Let’s go ice-skating!

Paul: Ice-skating? That sounds like fun!

Lynn: Let’s do it!

Listening 5

1

Man1: What did you think of the new Stephen King book?

Woman2: Oh, I couldn’t stop reading it once I got started. I stayed up till four o’clock in the morning to finish it! Man: And wasn’t the ending great?

Woman1: Yeah, it really was! Such a surprise! And the whole story moved along so fast, too!

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Woman2: How did you like the movie?

Man2: Well, I walked out after half an hour.

Woman2: You did?

Man2: Yeah, it was so dull that I started falling asleep! And I’ve never seen such bad acting from Jim Carrey! Woman2: Oh, really? He’s usually pretty good.

Man2: Well, not in that movie. I wish he’d choose better roles.

3

Man1: What did you think of that documentary about Australia?

Man2: Oh, I learned so much! I didn’t know they had so many different kinds of animals there. And the photography!

Man1: Yeah, it was something, wasn’t it?

Moman2: Uh-huh, it was pretty amazing. It made me want to go there and see it for myself sometime.

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Woman2: Have you read that book that just came out about UFOs?

Woman1: Yeah, what a waste of time! Just the same silly stuff about visitors to Earth from other planets.

Woman2: Uh-huh, It said absolutely nothing new.

Woman1: You know, I’m sick of hearing those stories about little green creatures. If they’re real, how come no one can ever take a picture of them?

Unit14 So that’s what it means

Conversation 2 A

R on: Have you met Raj , the student from India?

Laura: No, I haven’t.

Ron: Well, he seems really nice, but there’s one thing I noticed. He moves his head from side to side when you talk to him. You know, like this.

Laura: Maybe i t means he doesn’t understand you.

Ron: No, I don’t think so.

Laura: Or it could mean he doesn’t agree with you.

Peter: Actually, people from India sometimes move there heads from side when they agree with what you’re saying. Ron: Oh, so that’s w hat it means!

Conversation 2 B

Freddy: So how are things at school, Raj?

Raj: Oh, pretty good, actually.

Freddy: Do you find it easy to communicate with people?

Raj: Most of the time- though there are some things I find a bit unusual- for example, the way that people end a conversation. You know, they’ll say things like, “Hey, let’s get together soon.” At first, I thought that they were inviting me to do something, but then I realized it’s just a way of saying good-bye. It’s not really an invitation at all. It takes a bit of getting used to.

Conversation 9 A

V ickie: You know, these highways are really great, but the road signs are pretty confusing.

John: Hmm, What do these lines on the road mean?

Vickie: They must mean you aren’t allowed to pass he re

John: No, I don’t think so. I’m going to pass this car in front of us. It’s going too slow. Now, I wonder what that sign up ahead means.

Vickie: It may mean you’ve got to take a left in this lane.

John: Or maybe it means you can turn left if you wa nt to. I think I’ll just go straight.

Conversation 9 B

John: Um, have you noticed that police car behind us?

Vickie: Oh, yeah.

John: [Police siren] Oh, no! I’d better pull over.

Police officer: May I see your driver’s license, please?

John: Sure, of course. Did I do something wrong, Officer?

Police office: Well, for one thing, you went over a double yellow line back there to pass a car.

John: Oh.

Police Officer: A double yellow line means “no passing.” You can only pass when there’s a broken yellow line on your side.

John: Oh.

Police Officer: And another thing! You were in the left-turn-only lane, but you didn’t turn! You went straight through the intersection instead.

John: Oh, I guess I did. Officer, …but…

Police Officer: Yes you did! Don’t you know that if there’s a sign with an arrow pointing to the left, you have to turn left when you’re in that lane?

John: Oh, yeah, you’re right-

Police Officer: Of course, I’m right! My goodness! How did you ever pass your driving test and get a license?

John: Gosh, I’m sorry, Officer.

Unit 15 What would you do?

Conversation 2 A

L ou: Look at this. Some guy found $750,000! He returned it and the owner thanked him with a phone call. Kate: You’re kidding. If I found $750,000, I wouldn’t return it so fast

Lou: Why? What would you do?

Kate: Well, I’d go straight to Las Vegas and try my luck in the casinos. I could double the money in a day and keep $750,000 for myself

Lou: You might also lose it all in a day. And then you could go to the jail.

Kate: Hmm, you’ve got a point there.

Conversation 2 B

Kate: So, what would you do if you found a lot of money?

Lou: Oh, you know me, Kate. I’m so honest, I scare myself sometimes. I’d take the money straight to the police. Kate: I guess that wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Maybe you’d be luckier than the guy in the article. Maybe the owner of the money would give you a big reward.

Lou: Well, they say honesty pays. Right?

Listening 4

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Jane: I just got a postcard from my friend Alisa. She lost all her money on vacation in Europe. Isn’t that horrible? Burt: Yeah, that’s terrible.

Susan: Jane, what would you do if you were on vacation overseas and you lost all your money and credit cards? Jane: I guess I’d call my parents and ask them to send me some money right away. What about you, Burt?

Burt: Yeah, I’d probably do the same thing…although maybe I’d try going to the American Express office to see if

I could get a loan or something. What about you, Susan?

Susan: Well, I guess I’d probably sell my watch and camera… or I might get a job as a waitress somewhere’til I made enough money to buy a plane ticket home.

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Susan: You know, I was faced with a tough situation the other day. I was walking down the street and saw two people fighting. It looked pretty violet, but I didn’t know what to do. So I just walked away. I figured it was none of my business. But now, I think I should have done something. What would you do if you saw two people fighting on the street?

Jane: I’m not really sure, but I know I’d have to do something. I guess I would call the police.

Burt:: No, that takes too long. I’d try to break it up.

Jane: But you could get hurt if you did that.

Burt: Well, then I’d try to get someone to help me break it up. In the meantime, I’d shout for someone to call the police.

Conversation 7

Tanya: Is your houseguest still staying with you?

Ruth: No, after three weeks, she finally left. Thank goodness!

Tanya: So how did you get rid of her?

Ruth: Well, I lied and told her my parents were coming for a visit and I needed the room .I probably shouldn’t have lied. Now I feel bad. What would you have done?

Tanya: Oh, I would have told her to leave after a week. By the way, my father-in-low is coming to visit us next week .Can I move in with you for a few days?

Ruth: No way!

Listening 11

Dr. Hilda: [Music]This is Dr. Hilda. Welcome to today’s show. Now let’s get started right away with our first caller.

Hello!

Caller1: Hello, Dr. Hilda. I’m calling about my daughter. She’s…she’s dating an older man.

Dr. Hilda: Oh, Now how old are these two people?

Caller1: My daughter’s eighteen, and this man is forty-two.

Dr. Hilda: Mm-hmm.

Caller1: I told her she had to stop seeing him, and…and now she won’t speak to me. I feel terrible. Tell me, Dr.

Hilda. What should I have done?

Dr. Hilda: First, you should have spoken to this forty-two-year-old man. . You should have asked him not to date your daughter for a couple of weeks-to give the situation some time to cool off. Then, if they still wanted

to see each other and if the man seems like a nice person, you should let your daughter date him. You

shouldn’t worry so much about the age difference. OK, now, let’s go to our next caller. Hello, caller!

Caller2: Hello? Uh, I’m a first-time caller, and uh, well, my problem is that my father went away on a business trip, and I borrowed his brand-new car, and I had a bad accident.

Dr. Hilda: Where is your mother?

Caller2: She’s in Florida visiting some friends.

Dr. Hilda: All right, go on.

Caller2: Well, I sent a telegram to my father and I… I told him…well, I told him someone had stolen the car. Dr. Hilda: Oh! You should have told your father the truth! Your father would probably understand about a car accident, and he would be glad you weren’t hurt.

Caller2: I’m not too sure about that!

Dr. Hilda: Oh…give it a try, young man, because the truth is always better than a lie. OK, now let’s hear from our next caller. This is Dr. Hilda. You’re on the air.

Caller3: Hi, uh, I’m calling about a problem. Oh, it’s kind of a personal problem…it concerns work.

Dr. Hilda: Oh, yes, go on.

Caller3: Well, uh, I visited some friends from the office to my house for a party a couple of weeks ago.

Everything was fine until someone started talking about politics.

Dr. Hilda: Oh! You shouldn’t have let the subject of politics come up.

Caller3: Well, it came up, and, uh, well, I finally got really angry at one of my co-workers, and, uh, to prevent a fight, I asked him to leave.

Dr. Hilda: And… what happened after that?

Caller3: Well, now it’s caused a big problem in the office. Uh, he won’t speak to me.

Dr. Hilda: Again, you shouldn’t have talked about politics at a party! It’s not a safe topic.

Caller3: That’s for sure.

Dr. Hilda: And you shouldn’t have gotten so angry either!

Caller3: That’s true! But what should I do now?

Dr. Hilda: It’s easy. You should simple apologize to your friends and say that you were a fool.

Caller3: Well, maybe that’s a good idea. I’ll give it a try.

Dr. Hilda: Good! Well, folks. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” I always say. I’m Dr. Hilda…until the next time.

[Music]

Unit 16 What’s your excuse?

Conversation 2 A

Daniel: Hi, Amanda!