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  3. Exercise 1. Listen to a school secretary talking to one of the teachers and All in the gaps in the table. New Students Student 1: Name: Celine 0) Poulain Nationality: French Age: 25 Job: (1) Student 2: Name: Manuel Garcia Nationality: (2) Age: 32 Job: Engineer Student 3: Name: Eva (3) Nationality: Finnish Age: (4) Job: (5) Exercise 2. Look at the brochure of a house for rent. Listen and fill in the gaps. 3 | P a g e
  4. Exercise 3. Listen to a conversation and decide if the statements are true (T) or false (F). 1. Sarah is a teacher. 2. She usually arrives at work at nine o ’clock. 3. Sarah always brings a sandwich from home. 4. She often has work to do in the evening. 5. She never goes out during the week. 6. Sarah doesn’t work at weekends. Exercise 4. Listen to the conversation and All in the gaps. Exercise 5. Listen to the conversation and fill in the gaps in the table. 4 | P a g e
  5. Exercise 6. Listen to Eve talking to a friend and match the people to their homes. Exercise 7. Listen to Carl talking to a friend about a fire in his block of flats. Then match the people to their reactions, as in the example. Exercise 8. Listen to Dawn and Will talking about their plans for next week and mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). Exercise 9. Listen to the radio advert and fill in the gaps in the table below. 5 | P a g e
  6. Exercise 10. Listen to Katy talking about her friends to her American cousin. What are their favorite free-time activities? Exercise 11. Listen to Paula talking to a friend about a shopping trip. Which shop did each person go to? Exercise 12. Listen to this interview on a school radio station. Stephen, a professional chef, is talking about his job. 0. When he was a child, he wanted to be a A. football player. B. chef. C. lawyer 6 | P a g e
  7. 1. The best thing about his job is that A. he tries new things all the time. B. he’s doing what he loves. C. he never cooks at home. 2. The worst thing about his job is A. working late at night. B. the long hours. C. having to work at weekends. 3. His most important rule is A. kitchen hygiene. B. hot food should be hot. C. service should be fast. 4. What food does he most like eating? A. Asian. B. Indian. C. French. 5. To be a good chef, the most important thing is to be A. patient. B. hardworking. C. imaginative. Exercise 13. Listen to Nuala talking to Sean about a recent travel experience. For questions 1- 5, tick A, B or C. 0. Nuala checked the bus times on A. Thursday. B. Sunday. C. Saturday. 1. Nuala’s flight was at A. 12:00. B. 12:30. C. 7:00. 2. Nuala was too late to get A. the metro to the city. B. the bus to the airport. C. a taxi to the airport. 3. Nuala A. went to a hotel. B. went back to her friend’s. C. stayed in the city. 4. During that night, Nuala A. watched TV. B. read magazines and newspapers. C. got a bit of sleep. 5. Nuala waited at the airport for A. five hours. B. four hours. C. nine hours. Exercise 14. You will hear a doctor talking to his receptionist about the appointments. Listen and complete questions 1-5. 7 | P a g e
  8. Exercise 15. You will hear a Park Keeper talking to visitors about safety regulations. Listen and complete questions 1-5. Exercise 16. Listen to Alan talking to a friend about adopting an animal in a nature reserve. Which animal did each person adopt? 8 | P a g e
  9. Exercise 17. Listen to Denise and Brian talking about their pets. Mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). Exercise 18. Listen to Elaine talking about a technology course. Which item did each person say they couldn’t do without? Exercise 19. Barbara writes for a travel guide. Her editor is asking her to write a report about a hotel. Listen to their conversation and mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). 9 | P a g e
  10. Exercise 20. Listen to Dave talking to his mother about his holiday plans. What did each of his friends advise him to take with him? Exercise 21. Listen to the teacher talking to her class about life in ancient Egypt. Then fill in the gaps in the table. 10 | P a g e
  11. Exercise 22. Listen to Luke talking to a friend and then match the people to the problems they have, as in the example. Exercise 23. Listen to a policewoman taking a witness’s report and mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). 11 | P a g e
  12. Exercise 24. Sam has decided to join his local sports club. Listen to the conversation then complete his notes below. Exercise 25. The leader of an environmental expedition is talking to the people going on the trip. Listen and complete the information in the table. 12 | P a g e
  13. Exercise 26. Listen to Dan and Natalie trying to decide what to watch on TV, then tick A, B or C for each of the questions. 0. The program Dan wants to watch later is A. the news. B. a documentary. C. a film. 1. They don’t watch the football because A. it has already started. B. Natalie doesn’t enjoy sports programs. C. Dan doesn’t want to watch it. 2. They discuss the soap opera because A. somebody told Dan that it was good. B. Natalie hasn’t seen it before. C. Dan suggests watching it. 3. The Frank Wilson quiz show starts at A. 8:30. B. 9:00. C. 9:30 4. Natalie A. has definitely watched the quiz show before. B. doesn’t remember whether she’s watched the quiz show before. C. doesn’t like quiz shows in general. 5 .Natalie doesn’t want to watch the news because A. she wants to watch The Dating Show. B. she’s not in a good mood. C. it’s rarely about anything good. Exercise 27. Listen to a science teacher talking about the life of Isaac Newton. Then for each of the questions 1-5 choose the best answer A, B or C, as in the example. 0. What does the speaker say about Einstein? A. He worked with Newton. B. Newton improved his theories. C. He lived more than 250 years after Newton 1. Newton was born in A. 1462. B. 1624. C. 1642. 2. When he first went to university, Newton studied A. Law. B. Mathematics. C. Science. 3. The speaker says that Newton’s most famous discovery A. light. B. mechanics. C. gravity. 4. Newton started thinking about gravity when he saw A. an apple fall off a tree. B. a tree falling over. C. the moon moving through the sky. 5. Newton died in A. Woolsthorpe. B. Cambridge. C. London. Exercise 28. You are going to hear a travel agent talking with a client who is planning her summer holiday. For each of the questions 1-5 choose the best answer A, B, or C, as in the example. 0. The woman wants to book a holiday for 13 | P a g e
  14. A. 1 person. B. 2 people. C. 3 people. 1. She wants to go on holiday in A. two weeks’ time. B. June. C. July. 2. The woman doesn’t want to go on safari because A. the weather would be too hot. B. it would be too expensive. C. her husband wouldn’t enjoy it, 3. When on holiday, all of the woman’s family enjoy A. going to restaurants. B. staying in the city. C. going to museums. 4. Who went to Spain last year? A. the woman B. the woman’s husband C. the woman’s daughter 5. The travel agent says that A. Italy is cheap. B. the food in Italy is good. C. the Italian countryside is beautiful. Exercise 29. Listen to the teacher talking to her class about a visit to a museum and complete the notes below. Exercise 30. Listen to two parents talking about their son and mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). 1. Sean has a test at school tomorrow. . . 2. Sean is afraid he won’t pass the test. . . 3. Sean’s test is at 2:30 in the afternoon. . . 4. Sean’s dad is going to drive him to the test centre. . . 5. Sean’s mum thinks he needs more practice with park. . . 6. This is the first time Sean will take the test. . . Exercise 31. Listen to two friends talking about a travel brochure. For each question choose the best answer A, B or C, as in the example 0. Jeff wants to go to the Bahamas because A. he wants to visit his friend Kate. B. he has always wanted to go there. 14 | P a g e
  15. C. he thinks it’s quite cheap. 1. Jeff is planning to go in A. June. B. July. C. August. 2. The hotel A. hasn’t got a swimming pool. B. is far from the sea. C. is far from the airport. 3. Jeff doesn’t want to do any A. windsurfing. B. water skiing. C. scuba diving. 4. Jeff’s holiday’s going to cost A. £1100. B. £1200. C. £1300. 5. Steve is jealous because A. he wants to go to the Bahamas too. B. he hasn’t got time for a holiday. C. he hasn’t got enough money to go on holiday. Exercise 32. Listen to the conversation between two friends and mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). 1. Andy is writing an essay about different ancient civilizations. 2. The land where the Aztecs used to live is now part of the USA. 3. The Aztec people lived later than the 12th century. 4. It was very important for a boy to know how to fight well. 5. Wendy thinks it was a shame that not all girls went to school. 6. The king didn’t make important decisions all by himself. Exercise 33. Listen to Marilyn and Ken talking about different jobs. Match the jobs to the character qualities necessary, as in the example. 0. Fireman H A. enthusiastic 1. Teacher B. organized 2. Nurse C. creative 3. Soldier D. polite 4. Musician E. hardworking 5. Secretary F. tough G. talented H. courageous Exercise 34. Listen to the conversation between two members of the University Hiking Club and complete the advert for the notice board. 15 | P a g e
  16. Exercise 35. Listen to the conversation about Alfred Hitchcock films. Match the films to the appearance Hitchcock made in them. Exercise 36. Listen to Martin talking to a friend and match the people to the sports and activities that they do, as in the example. Exercise 37. You will hear a conversation between Bernard and Alice about the right clothes to wear for an interview. Mark the statements as true (T) or false (F). 1. Alice is surprised at Bernard’s choice of clothes. . 2. Bernard wore informal clothes because of what the ad had said. . 3. Bernard’s interview was very relaxed. . 4. Bernard and Alice agree that both men and women should wear a suit. . 5. Alice wore informal clothes for her interview. . 6. Alice believed that her clothes were the reason she didn’t get the job. . 16 | P a g e
  17. Exercise 38. You will hear a radio interview with a volcanologist. For each question, circle A, B or C. 1. The most striking thing about volcanoes is the fact that A. they can kill a large number of people very quickly. B. you never know when they will erupt. C. they have enormous power. 2. The idea that the moon affects volcanic eruptions is A. old. B. recent. C. impossible. 3. Mount Etna is called the “Friendly Giant” because A. it is very big. B. everyone has heard of it. C. it rarely kills people. 4. Mount Etna has killed A. 73 people. B. 69 people. C. 3,000 people. 5. Mount Fuji in Japan is the A. 2nd volcano on that site. B. 1s' volcano on that site. C. 3rd volcano on that site. 6. The first volcano to have the name “Vulcanus” was A. Vesuvius. B. Mount Etna. C. Mount Fuji. Exercise 39. Listen to a woman talking to a friend and for each question, fill in the missing information on the form. Exercise 40. You will hear a conversation between Vincent and his sister, Catherine, about a party. Mark the sentences below as true (T) or false (F). 1. Catherine and Vincent feel the same way about meeting new people. 2. The woman talking to Catherine had long straight blonde hair. 3. Vincent thinks the writer should have given him a chance to speak. 4. The man from the flooded village was rescued by the police. 17 | P a g e
  18. 5. Vincent enjoyed hearing about the graduation ceremony. 6. Vincent met one nice person at the end of the evening. Exercise 41. You will hear a conversation between Gemma and Bill about different sports. Mark the sentences as true (T) or false (F). 1. There are lots of girls in Bill’s brother’s weightlifting class. 2. Gemma doesn’t like the large muscles of weightlifting champions. 3. At the start, Bill thinks diving might be a possibility. 4. Gemma didn’t know that Bill dislikes the water. 5. Bill loves the idea of going hang-gliding. 6. In the end, they both agree to try hang-gliding. Exercise 42. You will hear a school student talking to her parents about an Open Day at her school. For each question, fill in the missing information in the numbered space. 18 | P a g e
  19. Exercise 43. You will hear a travel agent talking to a customer on the phone. For each question, fill in the missing information in the customer’s notes. Exercise 44. You will hear a conversation between a mother and her son about preparing for exams. Mark the statements below as true (T) or false (F). 1. Richard thinks that last-minute studying is best. 2. Laura thinks that a revision timetable is a good idea. 3. With his present system, Richard will be able to revise everything. 4. Richard agrees that his present lifestyle is crazy. 5. Coffee and chocolate help Richard to work better. 6. Richard has been exercising properly. 19 | P a g e
  20. Audio script Exercise 1. A: Ah, Mr. Peters! Can I have a word with you, please? B: Of course. A: There are three new students in your English class. B: Right. A: Can I give you their details now? B: Yes, sure. Just let me get a piece of paper A: Alright The first one is Celine Poulain. B: Poulain? How do you spell that? A: P O U L A I N . She’s French and she’s 25 years old. B: Does she have a job? A: Yes, she’s a doctor. B: How interesting. What about the second student? A: He is called Manuel Garcia. B: Spanish? A: No, he’s Mexican. He’s 32 and he's an engineer. B: Right. A: And the third student is Eva Lipponen. B: Is that L I double P O N E N? A: Yes, that’s right. Lipponen. She’s from Finland and she’s 21 years old. B: What’s her job? A: She’s an artist. They all start next week. B: That’s fine. Exercise 2. A: Good morning, sir. B: Good morning. A: How can I help you? B: Well, I want to rent a house in or near the city centre. A: OK, let me see what we've got. Ah, this is a very nice house. And it’s right in the city centre. B: Oh, where exactly? A: The address is 342 Camford Lane. B: Camford Ah yes, I know where that is. How many bedrooms has it got? A: As you can see, there are three spacious bedrooms and there is also a bathroom and a study upstairs. B: Hmm, yes and downstairs I can see there is a modern kitchen, a comfortable living room, a dining room and a small bathroom. Has it got a garage? A: Yes, at the back of the house there’s a large garden and a double garage. B: It sounds perfect. How much is it? A: Well, they are asking for £500, but maybe you can get it for less. I have the phone number of the owner here. We can phone him now and arrange for you to see it this afternoon. 20 | P a g e
  21. B: So, what’s the phone number? A: Oh, it’s 01345 789 798. B: 798. Right. Yes, let’s try him now 21 | P a g e
  22. Exercise 3. A: Hi, Sarah. How is your new job? B: It’s great. I love teaching and I really enjoy working with the children in my class, but it's hard work too. A: Do you start early in the morning? B: Yes, school starts at nine o'clock but I always get there at half past eight. Then I have lessons all morning. A: Do you get a lunch break? B: Yes, I usually bring something with me from home or sometimes I get a sandwich from the school canteen. Then I have a few more lessons in the afternoon and school finishes at four o'clock. A: Oh that’s good. You have your evenings free. B: Not really. I often have work to do. A: So you don’t have much free time then? B: Well, I always go to the gym after work, for about an hour. When I get home I just finish my work and then watch TV or read a book. A: Do you go out during the week? B: Very rarely because I like to go to bed early. A: I see. Well, at least you never work at weekends. B: That’s true! A: Let’s go to the cinema on Saturday night, then. B: What a great idea! Exercise 4. Radio host: Today we are very lucky. I know how much our listeners love the Harry Potter books and today our special guest is the author of those books, Joanne Kathleen Rowling (pronounced: Rolling). Welcome to the show, Joanne. Rowling: Hello. It’s great to be here. Radio host: What is it like to be one of the most successful writers in the world? Rowling: It’s very hard to believe. I’m just happy that people like the books so much. Radio host: Now, can I ask you some personal questions? Rowling: Of course. Radio host: Where are you from? Rowling: I’m from Bristol, England. Radio host: Do you still live in England? Rowling: No, I live in Edinburgh, in Scotland. Radio host: Are you married? Rowling: Yes, I am. I live with my husband and my daughter, Jessica. Radio Host: What’s your husband’s job? Is he a writer, too? Rowling: No, he isn’t. He’s a doctor. Radio host: What do you like doing in your free-time? Rowling: Well, I don't have much free-time because of my writing, but I really enjoy going to the cinema. Radio Host: How many Harry Potter books do you want to write? 22 | P a g e
  23. Rowling: I want to write seven books. I am now writing the fifth. Radio host: Now can you tell us a little bit about this book [fade] 23 | P a g e
  24. Exercise 5. A: Jackson's grocer's shop. Can I help you? B: Good morning. I’d like to order a delivery. A: Of course, sir. Can I have your name and address. B: It’s Mr Baxter from 47 Church Lane. A: Baxter 47 Church Lane. Right, and your telephone number, sir? B: Yes, it’s 0778-56765. A: 0778-56756? B: No, 56765. A: Oh, sorry. Now, what would you like to order, sir? B: I’d like a loaf of bread, 2 kilos of tomatoes, and some Cheddar. A: How much Cheddar would you like? B: I think a kilo should be enough. Can I have 6 eggs and a packet of sugar as well? A: Is that everything, sir? B: Yes no, sorry. I’d like 2 cartons of orange juice too, please. A: That’s fine, sir. The total cost is erm £11.80 and we can deliver it at 3pm this afternoon. Is that OK? B: That’s fine. Thank you very much. A: Thank you. Exercise 6. A: Hi, Eve. I heard that you finally moved into your new flat last week. B: Yes, it’s great. It’s quite small but it has a big balcony. I'm really happy with it. A: Do you live near Jason? He lives in the city centre too. B: Yes, he’s got a small house opposite me. A: Where’s Shirley living these days? B: Didn’t you hear? She found an old houseboat on the canal. A: Really? B: Yes, it’s lovely actually. It’s quite spacious and of course it's really cheap. A: I want to move to the countryside. I need some peace and quiet. B: You should talk to Harry, he moved a few months ago. Now he lives in a stone cottage near a river. It’s beautiful. A: Does Dianne still live in that two-bedroom flat near the post office? B: No, remember she got that really good job last year? Well, now she’s living in a big house with a swimming pool. A: Wow! What about Paul? B: He still lives with his parents in their farmhouse. He works on the farm with his dad. Exercise 7. A: Carl, are you OK? I heard about the fire in your block of flats last night B: Yes, we were very lucky that no one was hurt. A: So where was the fire? B: On the first floor at the back of the building. We don’t know how it started, though. I was in 24 | P a g e
  25. my living room when I suddenly smelled smoke. I phoned the fire brigade and went to see if I could find the fire. A: What happened next? B: Well, I could hear shouting downstairs. It was my neighbours’ daughter, Nicky. She saw the fire and shouted for help. This woke up her parents, Patrick and Sandra. A few seconds later they ran out. Patrick started throwing water on the fire. That was quite dangerous, I can tell you. A: And what about Sandra? B: Sandra went around the building and warned all our neighbours. ' A: Were they frightened? B: Stephen certainly was. He was so scared he jumped out the window. A: It’s lucky he lives on the ground floor, isn’t it? What did Anne do? B: Oh, she was excellent. She stayed very calm and helped all the other people get out of the building. She even stopped Sandra from running back inside to get her computer. A: What a night! Exercise 8. A: Hi, Dawn. It’s Will. B: Oh hi, Will. Good to hear you! How are you? A: Fine. Listen, Sandra Bullock’s new film is on at the cinema tonight. Would you like to go and see it? B: Sandra Bullock? Sorry, Will, I can’t really say she's one of my favorites. Besides, I am meeting my friend Sophie for a coffee later. How about getting together on Friday night? A: We can’t, Dawn. George is having a party on Friday, remember? B: Oh yes, of course. Well, what about at the weekend? A: I’m afraid I’ll be busy on Saturday. I must finish my History essay in the afternoon and I’m going to play tennis with Chris in the evening. I should be free on Sunday though. Is Sunday afternoon OK? B: Yeah, that should be fine. Why don’t we meet for lunch? A: That's a good idea. B: Great. I'll call you on Sunday morning then, and we can arrange where to meet up. A: Sounds perfect. See you then. Bye! B: Bye, Will. Exercise 9. Have you always dreamt of visiting the Far East? Do you love adventure and excitement? Then we have the perfect holiday for you. Thai tours offers a 12 day holiday in Thailand that you will never forget. You will fly from London to Bangkok where you will spend the first two days of the tour. Here you can visit ancient temples and shop in the busy markets in the Thai capital. Next you will head into the jungle for a four-day trek to Chiang Mei. You will visit important cultural sites and spend an exciting day riding an elephant through the jungle. After that, there is more adventure, as you will spend three days canoeing along the rivers of the Phang Nga National Park. After that you will probably want to relax and we have the perfect place for it. The island of Koh Samui has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After three days on this island paradise you will fly back to Bangkok before heading for home. 25 | P a g e
  26. This is the perfect opportunity to see the best of Thailand on a short holiday. Throughout your tour you will stay in comfortable accommodation and you will have an English speaking guide with you at all times. The total cost of the package, including return flights from London, is just £1850. Call today and make your reservation. Exercise 10 C = Cousin K = Katy C: I’m really looking forward to meeting your friends this evening! Tell me about them! What are they like? K: Well Henry he’s very serious he likes listening to classical m usic C: I like classical music, too. What about the others? K: W ell Sarah is very sociable she goes to a lot of parties and talks to everybody there C: That’s great! K: Yes. Then Michelle Michelle knows everything about the cinema C: Really? How often does she go? K: Oh twice a week C: How interesting! K: And Tony well he is crazy about sports and likes to keep his body in shape C: So he goes to the gym? K: Not really he plays basketball C: I see K: Then there's Mike Mike is quiet and very shy I don’t think he's ever been to a club. C: You’re joking! K: Not at all. He enjoys fishing C: Isn’t that boring? K: Not for him. And who else? Oh yes! Ellen w ell Ellen reads about three books a week C: Really? What kind of books does she read? K: Oh all kinds of books C: Well they all sound very [fade] Exercise 11 A: Hi, Paula! How was the shopping trip yesterday? P: Great! I went to Perfume Paradise I got a lovely bottle of Silver Grass for only eleven pounds A: What about Sally? P: Oh, you know Sally! She bought three pairs of shoes at The Shoe Warehouse they had a big sale on and Martina A: Let me guess! She went to The Book Worm P: As usual! I think she looked at about fifteen books and in the end she bought three! A: Where did Fred go? To The Coffee Bean? P: [laughing] No he was looking for a birthday present for his sister he went to Jewel Personality and he bought her a beautiful necklace A: Oh? Did Ann go with him? P: No, she didn’t Designer Fashion had some good bargains she bought a shirt, a pair of 26 | P a g e
  27. trousers and a jacket A: Goodness! Did Bill go to Percy’s Department Store? I know he needed a pair of trainers P: Yes, he wanted to but Percy’s was closed so he bought them in Sports Heaven instead A: I see. Well, what are we [fade] Exercise 12 I = Interviewer S = Stephen I: Have you always wanted to be a chef? S: Well, my father wanted me to become a lawyer but I never wanted that and I never dreamt of being a football player like most boys at that age I remember though I always helped my mother in the kitchen So, I suppose so I: What’s the best thing about your job? S: That it is my hobby, too though I rarely cook at home unless I want to try something new I: Really? S: Well I mean I often work long hours or late at night not to mention weekends which is much much worse I: Do you have any rules? S: Yes, three . hot food should be hot service should be fast but nothing is more important than kitchen hygiene I: Which is your favourite cuisine? S: A difficult question I love spicy food I can never have enough of Indian food but Asian cuisine is interesting always colourful and preparing complicated French dishes makes me really proud I: I like cooking. Would I make a good chef? S: If you have lots of imagination and patience and most important if you’re not afraid of hard work then yes I: Thank you very much. It’s been a wonderful interview. Exercise 13 S: Hi, Nuala how was Madrid? N: Great! It’s a very beautiful city! But my trip was quite adventurous! Especially the end! S: Really? What happened? N: On Thursday, I checked the times of the airport bus, but I didn’t notice that they were different at weekends and I was leaving on Sunday S: Oh no! N: I wanted to get the half past twelve bus to the airport my flight was at seven o'clock in the morning so I arrived at the bus stop at twelve o’clock S: But you were too late N: Exactly! the last bus was gone and I didn’t have money for a taxi and the metro wasn’t running either S: What did you do? N: I thought of going back to my friend’s, since I had no money for a hotel but I decided to spend the night in a cafe in the city S: Oh dear! 27 | P a g e
  28. N: I didn’t get any sleep, of course and they didn’t have a TV set, but thank goodness, there were quite a lot of magazines and newspapers S: So, what time did you get to the airport? N: Oh, I was there at five but you’ll never believe what happened! I was there for four hours! We finally took off at 9! S: Oh, no! You must be exhausted N: You b e t Exercise 14 D: Good morning, Gemma! R: Good morning, Doctor! D: What are the appointments like? R: W ell the first person at nine thirty is Mrs Delaney she’s hurt her leg D: How did she do that? R: She says she was in the gym when it happened D: Oh I didn't know she was going to the gym R: Yes, she started three weeks ago. Then there's Mr Simpson he’s got a bad earache he’s coming at around ten After that it’s Peter Freyne D: Oh, yes, he called me last night at home at around eleven he cut his finger while chopping onions for dinner R: He’ll be here at ten thirty D: Good R: Next let’s see ah! Little Josephine Black her mother says she’s had a bad stomach ache for two days now D: Two days? That’s a long time all right R: They’re coming at eleven thirty and Miss Hartnett has an appointment at twelve D: You know she’s been coming here for over thirty years R: Well she burnt her arm with boiling water while she was making tea and Ann Sellars is the last one before your lunch break at one o’clock she’s got a bad cough D: I see W ell, [fade] Exercise 15 Park Keeper: Now, ladies and gentlemen, just a few safety regulations before you drive off. The most important one is stay in your car at all times. Otherwise you might end up as fast food; and you mustn’t feed the animals; sometimes the zebras come close if they see you eating, but they don’t need any more food, believe me! Now, never use flash photography, not even with koala bears hidden in the trees; they might be frightened. Also, you should keep your car windows closed; animals can be very curious! Last week, a monkey jumped into a car and the people were bitten. You are allowed to eat and drink in your cars, of course, but please remember that every car has been given rubbish bags. So throw any rubbish in there and not out the window. And finally, please, don’t make too much noise. If you listen, you will hear beautiful sounds the animals the water the wind in the trees. And now [fade] 28 | P a g e
  29. Exercise 16 A: Hi, Alan! B: Hey! I’ve been looking everywhere for you! Would you like to adopt a wild animal? We all have! A: A wild animal? What do you mean? B: Look! our teacher gave us the list you pay fifty pounds and you adopt an animal in a nature reserve. A: Great! Erm, let me see I don’t know. What did you all choose? B: Oh. I chose a lion. I’ve always loved lions. A: What about Patricia? She’s been talking a lot about pandas in China lately. B: Well she decided on a whale A: A whale? B: Yes an American whale! And Tom A: Oh I’m sure he chose a bear! B: Yes, he did there’s still a lot of bear-hunting Tom wants to help protect them A: And what about Ailish? B: Well she thought about a giraffe but then she chose an elephant in India A: Yes they are hunted for their ivory B: Bert chose a jaguar in the Amazon rainforest A: Wow! B: Yes! Jaguars are hunted for their skin they are beginning to create reserves for them A: Did Sally adopt a rhino? B: Yes she did she feels very strongly about hunting them for their horn this rhino lives in Kenya A: Well, then I think I’ll Exercise 17 D: Well, I love all animals but why on earth did you want a hedgehog? I mean, they don’t DO anything, do they? A dog is different. I can take my dog for walks you can’t take your hedgehog for walks! B: Ha ha, very funny! If I told you he was good company, you probably wouldn’t believe me D: Hmmmm B: For example, I was in the garden the other evening and he came out of the bushes and sat on the grass beside me D: He was probably hoping you’d give him some food B: No, he catches his own food worms and things from the garden though I sometimes give him dog food and milk. He likes milk D: Mmmmm somebody told me that hedgehogs are active at night and sleep during the day. That’s great! You know he’s there, but you never see him! B: Well, that’s not completely true. He does sleep a lot during the day but he comes out in the evening. Especially in the summer. And you told me that your dog sleeps a lot too D: That’s true. But he does wake up for walks! B: Seriously, though hedgehogs are friendly animals. When my sister had her birthday party in 29 | P a g e
  30. the garden, he came out and sat close to the table D: Dogs are even more friendly. My dog sits under the table when we’re having dinner B: Of course he does since he’s always hungry D: Well B: And what happens when you and your family go to Spain on holiday? D: Hmmmm sometimes one of our cousins looks after him. B ut he’s so big they don’t really like doing it so we often have to put him in the kennels B: Does he like that? He must meet lots of other dogs! D: He hates it B: See? When we go on holidays, our neighbor looks after my hedgehog. He’s so easy to look after D: Hmmmm and he doesn’t cause trouble in the garden My dog digs big holes. My dad gets really angry B: Hedgehogs are very good for a garden. They eat things that gardeners hate. In fact, they’re very "green"! Exercise 18 A: So, what did you think of Mr. Bart and his "Everyday Technology" course? B: It was very interesting! In the first lesson he asked us to choose one thing we can't do without so, for example, Richard chose his personal organizer A: I’m sure he did! He checks it twenty-five times a day! B: And Sylvia chose her radio everyone laughed A: W ell it IS a bit old-fashioned B: She listens to it late at night A: Hmm what about Larry? B: You can guess, can’t you? A: His mobile phone? B: That was his first choice but then he changed his mind A: He did? I thought he spent his entire life sending text messages B: Maybe but he chose his digital camera A: Ah a new toy B: Frances chose her microwave A: Well, that makes sense. I think she lives on pre-prepared food. I’ve never seen her cook anything. I’m sure Norman chose his computer B: Guess again he decided he couldn’t live without his television A: Yes he does watch it a lot, doesn’t he? What about you, Elaine? B: Oh [laughing], I chose my CD player. My life wouldn’t be the same without it Exercise 19 A: We need one more hotel report for the next edition. What about that place you stayed in, in New York, Barbara? B: The Bellemarsh Hotel? A: Yes, that’s the one. We’ve done lots of cheap places, that was a more expensive place, wasn’t it? 30 | P a g e
  31. B: I suppose it was quite expensive, but it had really good facilities. A: Great. Could you write a short report about it for me, this afternoon? B: Yes of course. Do I need to include the address and phone number? A: No nothing like that. Just write a few paragraphs about the atmosphere and the staff. Things like that. Did it have a swimming pool? B: Yes, and a sauna. A: OK, well, make sure you remember to mention those. Talk about your room too. You know, how big it was, whether you had a view, that sort of thing. Was there anything else special about the hotel? What really made it stand out? B: Well, all the rooms had their own fireplaces. A: Oh really? B: Yes. And also the hotel had its own three-star vegetarian restaurant. A: That sounds interesting. Why don’t you go ahead and write the report. We’ll look at it together in the morning and then you can write the final report for the magazine. Exercise 20 D: It was great to see everyone. You’d think I was going away for three years, not three months. Everyone had different advice to give me M: Oh? D: Mmmm Pearl reminded me to take a travel adaptor M: Very important. What about Sue? D: Oh you know Sue! She worries about the sun. She said to take lots of high-factor sunblock M: She’s right. Did Laurence talk to you about mosquito repellent? He hates mosquitoes! D: No, he advised me to take a small first aid k it M: Good idea D: And Richard said a travel wallet was important one you wear around your waist underneath your clothes M: Did Dennis talk about food? D: Yes! He advised me to take a jar of peanut butter, in case the local food was terrible! He said I would find bread everywhere M: Maybe it’s a good idea D: I thought Jackie would remind me not to drink tap water she always worries about people doing that. But she told me to take a torch. She said it always comes in useful Exercise 21 Teacher: OK, class, settle down. Now today we are going to carry on looking at ancient Egypt. Last time we talked about ? their kings that's right, Jonathan, who were called Pharaohs, that’s right. We said that they were the richest and most powerful people because they controlled the land and the economy of the country and made what? thelaws, right. Now, can you guess what was of great importance in ancient Egypt? Hmm? The River Nile, exactly. Why? Because people depended on that for their food and transport.What about women in Egyptian society? What was their position? No, quite the opposite. They were equal to men that’s very interesting, isn’t it? They had the right to do business, own land and get a divorce if they didn’t get along with their husbands. Amazing, huh? They could also get a job in rich homes as nannies or at temples as singers, dancers or musicians. Boys and girls could learn how to read and write, study religion and arithmetic, either at school or at home and some girls even became 31 | P a g e
  32. doctors! Now, if you open your books at page 67, we could look at Exercise 22 A: What are you reading, Luke? B: The school magazine. We all had to write to the magazine to ask for some advice. A: What did you write about? B: I said I want to buy a new stereo, but I can’t afford it. Now, I have to find a part-time job. A: What did Katie write about? B: Oh, you know Katie she’s always worried about her exams. A: I bet Andrew wrote something like that too. B: No, he didn’t actually. He wrote about how he wants to travel abroad and meet new people but he’s scared of flying. Jane’s letter is funny. A: What does she say? B: Well, she borrowed her parents’ car and scratched it badly. A: Oh no! B: She hasn't told her father yet, but she knows he will notice as soon as he goes into the garage. A: Poor girl. Did Dan write about the boys who have been bullying him? B: No, he wrote about how he argues with his parents all the time. A: I didn’t know that. B: Mmm I’m sure Gill doesn’t like her advice. She wrote that she’s overweight. A: And? B: They told her to give up chocolate. Exercise 23 A: Excuse me, sir. I believe you saw the accident. B: Yes, that's right. I was standing over there waiting for the bus when it happened. A: Can you tell me what you saw exactly? B: Sure. Let me see well the green car was coming down Marsdon Road. The van was coming down Birch Street and, I have to say, it was going a little bit fast but I don’t think it was speeding. A: I see. So, what happened next? B: The car was turning right into Birch Street, when a little girl, who had been standing on the pavement, started crossing the road. A: You mean Birch Street? B: That’s correct. Well, she wasn’t careful at all she didn’t check if anything was coming so she didn’t see the car. A: Go on. B: Well, the car braked immediately and swerved out of the way. But it headed towards the van, which didn’t have time to brake. A: I see. So, only the car braked B: That’s right. And that’s how the two vehicles collided. The girl wasn’t hit, thank goodness A: Well, fortunately neither of the drivers was hurt either. B: Oh, good! A: Now, sir, I need to get your details B: Sure 32 | P a g e
  33. Exercise 24 A: Good morning. B: Hello. I’d like to ask a few questions A: Of course. Go ahead B: Well, how much does it cost to join? A: The standard charge is £30 per month. That includes using the gym and the swimming pool. B: What about yoga and aerobics classes? A: Aerobics is included in the standard price but n The sauna is also included. B: I see. Do I have to pay extra for the squash courts? A: No, you don’t, but you should phone up and b day before. B: Oh, that’s OK. A: Also, if you want to play basketball with friends, you can either book a court in advance or come on Tuesday nights when we have a special basketball night. B: Sounds like fun. Do you organize sporting weekends in the summer? A: Sure. You can try sports like climbing, windsurfing and rafting. B: What about the necessary equipment? A: You can easily hire it from us very cheaply. B: Excellent. Oh, before I go, one more thing, when are you open? A: Well, from Monday to Friday the club is open from 8 in the morning until 11 at night. Then at weekends we open at 11 am and close at 9 pm. B: Thank you very much Exercise 25 Good evening, everyone. I have the final programme for our expedition to Costa Rica. I’d like to tell you about the three different projects that we are running there. Before I go on, though, let me tell you that we will be leaving on the 6th of April and we will be coming back on the 10th instead of the 20th of July. I hope that won’t be a problem for anyone. Now, the first project involves cleaning up the beaches in the east of the country. This is home to some rare species of turtles and we’re going there to do our best to protect them. The second project is in the capital, San José. There we will be working in the national zoo, planting trees in a new park to improve the animals’ natural habitats. The final project is in one of the national parks. This is an area of rainforest, which was destroyed, but now the Costa Rican government wants to restore it. We will be planting trees and recording the animal and plant species that we find there. Has anyone got any questions on any of that? Right, next Exercise 26 A: Is there anything good on TV tonight, Dan? B: There’s an adventure film on later, after the News, but I’m not sure what’s on now. Pass me the newspaper and I’ll look. A: Here you are. I think there’s a documentary on Channel 7 in a few minutes. That might be interesting. B: Yes, it starts at 7.30, but the football is on Channel 3 at the same time! A: Oh come on! I’m not watching that. Sports programmes are boring. B: Oh, OK. Let’s put the documentary on then. Ah there’s that new soap opera on 33 | P a g e
  34. A: You must be joking! I watched it yesterday and it was terrible! B: Relax! I never suggested watching it. It’s not my kind of thing anyway Although I heard it was quite good. A: No, it’s not! Believe me! B: Have you ever watched this quiz show with Frank Wilson? A: The one on Channel 2 at 8:30? B: No, that’s with Ted Brown. Frank Wilson is on Channel 6, same day, half an hour later. A: I’m not sure, although I like quiz shows B: Me too. Why don't we see what it’s like? A: Why not? And maybe we can watch The Dating Show after that? B: Natalie, I think we should watch the news at some point we need to know what’s going on A: I get miserable every time I watch the news. You watch it and then you can tell me just the good news B: OK (laughing) and then we can watch the film together Exercise 27 OK, today we’re going to talk about the life of Sir Isaac Newton. He was one of the most important mathematicians and scientists of all time and his ideas and theories were not improved on until Einstein’s work, almost two hundred and fifty years later. So, who was Newton? Well, he was born in 1642 in a place called Woolsthorpe, in England, and he went to study at Cambridge University in 1661. At first, he studied Law, but later he became very interested in Mathematics and Science. He later went on to teach at the university and he made some very important scientific discoveries about light and mechanics. His most famous discovery though is probably gravity. One day Newton saw an apple fall off a tree. He realised that the force that made the apple fall to the ground was the same force that made the moon travel around the Earth. He called this force gravity and this brilliant idea changed the way we look at the world. Later in his life, Newton gave up scientific research. He never really returned to Woolsthorpe. In 1696, he left Cambridge and went to work for the government in London. He died there in 1727. Exercise 28 A: Good morning, madam. How can I help you? B: Hello, I want to book a summer holiday for my husband, my daughter and myself but we haven’t decided where to go yet. A: Oh, I’m sure we can find something for you. When are you thinking of going? B: In June, no sorry, July. For two weeks. A: And what sort of holiday do you enjoy? Do you want to go somewhere hot? B: Well I love the sunshine, but my husband gets a bit bored just lying on the beach. A: How about a safari? You’d have plenty to see and do then. B: Oh that would be fantastic but I’m afraid we couldn't afford that. A: No problem, we’ll look for something in Europe then. Are you interested in visiting museums and art galleries? B: My daughter and I are. She especially loves big cities, but my husband prefers the countryside. But we all really loveeating out when we’re on holiday. A: Maybe we should try and find you something in Italy or Spain. 34 | P a g e
  35. B: I’d love that but my husband’s been to Spain and Lucy, that’s my daughter, went there last year. I think she'd rather go somewhere different. Italy sounds good, though. A: Well the food there is always fantastic and we might be able to find you a small cottage in the countryside at a low price. B: Oh yes, that sounds perfect. A: Well I’ll give you a brochure. You can look at it with your family and then give me a call when you make your decision. Exercise 29 OK, class, now listen. The teachers have decided to take you on another trip to London. Yes now be quiet we’re going next Tuesday, that’s the 19th? yes, the 19th September. We know how you enjoyed our visit to the Science Museum last time so we are now taking you to look at some dinosaurs how does this sound? Right, we’re going to the Natural History Museum. We won’t travel by train this time but by coach. Make sure you’re at school at 9 we should be ready to leave by 9:30. We’ll reach London around 12:30 and spend all afternoon in the museum. If we leave London at about 6 o’clock, we’ll be back at the school by nine. At the museum we will have a special guided tour and then there will be a talk about how the museum finds its exhibits and about the work they do. The trip will cost you fifteen pounds each and you must give the money to me by Monday morning at the latest. Exercise 30 M: Why is Sean in such a bad mood? He did well in the maths test today, didn’t he ? F: Well, not as well as he expected, but I don’t think that’s it. I think he’s worried about his driving test tomorrow M: Really? But why? He’s such a good driver. F: Well, you know how stressed out he gets. He believes he’ll do nothing right. Maybe you should take him out in the car one more time, just to calm him down a bit. M: That's a good idea. What time is his test? F: It’s at 2:30 in the afternoon I think. Let me check. No, actually it's at 3 o'clock. M: OK, well, we can go for a quick drive in the morning and later I'll give him a lift to the test centre. F: I think that would help a little warm-up before the test. Also, make him park the car a couple of times parking makes him nervous M: I will but calm down you’re getting even more stressed out than him now F: I'm not getting stressed out but you remember how upset he was last time he took the test and didn’t pass M: He’ll pass now I’m sure let’s not overreact [fade] Exercise 31 A: Hi, Jeff. What’s this? B: Oh, hi, Steve. It’s one of the brochures I got from the travel agent’s. A: That beach is beautiful! B: It’s Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I’m thinking about going there with Kate this summer. A: Really? Can you afford it? B: Well, it isn’t cheap, but it’s my dream holiday. 35 | P a g e
  36. A: When are you going to go? B: Probably in July Kate finishes her college course at the end of June and I’m going to be really busy in August. A: Where are you staying? B: At this hotel here. Look. A: Wow! Is that the hotel pool? B: Yeah. It’s got it’s own private beach too. It’s an hour’s drive from the airport, though. A: Look, it says you can have scuba diving lessons too. B: Kate wants to try that, but I don’t really fancy it. I’m going to try the windsurfing or water skiing. A: How much is it? B: Well, £1200 each, flights, accommodation and meals included. But we have to pay an extra £100 because of the high season. A: Oh, I’m really jealous. I wanted to go to Italy this summer and I had checked out the prices and everything but I just haven’t got the time. Exercise 32 A: What are you studying in your history class this term, Andy? B: We’re studying ancient civilizations. As a matter of fact, I have to write an essay about the Aztecs. A: Oh, that sounds interesting. They lived in Central America, didn’t they? B: Yes, where Mexico is today you know, Wendy, they had huge cities with temples, markets, canals and everything. A: I see I’m sure their craftsmen were really skilled then. B: Definitely. They built some amazing buildings and people have found really beautiful Aztec sculptures and jewellery. A: So, tell me, when did they live? Was it in the 14th 15th century? B: That’s right A: And what about their everyday life I mean, for example, did children go to school? B: Yes A: Really both boys and girls? B: Well, boys went to school at about the age of 10 to receive general education and of course to learn the art of war. It was every boy’s dream to become a great warrior. A: And what about girls? B: Only some girls went to school. Most of them learned how to take care of the household, you know, cook food, make clothes, things like that. They learned everything from their mothers of course A: That was so unfair! I mean, girls deserved an education, too. B: Well, things were different then A: So who was in charge? Did they have a king? B: Of course! They were a big empire! But the priests and soldiers were very close to the king and he often asked for their opinion on important matters. A: So what happened to the Aztecs in the end? B: Well the Spanish arrived in Central America in the early 1500s and they soon conquered most of the Aztec empire. Exercise 33 36 | P a g e
  37. A: So, Ken, did you always want to be a fireman? B: Oh yes! A: Really? Even though it’s so dangerous? I mean firemen need to be really courageous. B: That’s true, but it’s really rewarding. A: I’m sure it is! What's your father’s job again? B: He’s a maths teacher. A: Oh He must be very creative, right? B: I don’t know about that what’s important is that he still loves his job even after 20 years A: You mean he’s enthusiastic I see yes B: And you? Did you always want to be a nurse? A: Yes. It’s quite hard work, but it’s worth it. B: What do you think is the hardest job? A: Hmm I think being a soldier must be very difficult. You have to be very tough to go through all the training B: That's true. The people I really admire though, are musicians. I wish I were talented like that A: Some everyday jobs are very difficult too. For example, a secretary B: Yes, imagine having to be polite to everybody all the time no matter how you feel A: I see why you say that, but a secretary, above all, has to be very organised to do her job. That’s why I could never do that. Exercise 34 A: We need to write an ad for the notice board to attract some new members. B: That’s a good idea. What should we put on it? A: Well, we have to mention our meetings every Wednesday. B: Right where are we meeting this year? A: On the main campus, Room 44B. At seven pm. B: Right A: Oh and of course we should mention the trips we go on too. B: There’s one weekend trip and two day trips each month, right? A: No, we’re going to do three day trips. B: Oh really? Excellent. Shall I put something about our first trip? A: Yes we're going to Keswick in the Lake District on the 12th October. B: That's K-E-S-W-l-C-K, isn’t it? What about the membership costs? A: It’s the same as last year. £25 for the year and then you just pay an extra £5 for each day trip you go on and £10 for the weekend trips. B: Is that everything? A: I think so. You can put my name and phone number on the bottom. Then people can call me if they want any more information. B: Right. Your number is 0937 A: 823 886. B: OK! Exercise 35 37 | P a g e
  38. A: I saw The Birds on TV last night. B: Oh I love that film. It’s brilliant, isn’t it? A: Yeah, it is. That’s the first time I’ve noticed that Hitchcock appears in it himself. B: Oh yes, you see him walking a pair of dogs, don’t you? He appears in all the films he directed, you know. A: Really? I knew he was in some of them. You see him coming out of a hotel room in Tom Curtain, don’t you? B: I think he’s sitting in the hotel lobby A: Oh yes, that’s right. B: And in Strangers on a Train you see him getting onto the train when Farley Granger’s character is getting off. A: What about Spellbound? I’ve watched that loads of times and I’ve never noticed him. B: Spellbound? I think you see him coming out of a lift carrying a black case no, no, he is coming out of a lift but he’s carrying a violin A: Is it in North by Northwest that he’s sitting on a bus? B: Hmm no, it’s in To Catch a Thief that he’s doing that In North by Northwest you see him just missing a bus. I’m sure Exercise 36 A: Hi, Martin. Have you been to the sports centre? B: Yeah. I was playing basketball. I play every Thursday night. A: Really? Does Jamie play too? B: No, he used to, but now he goes swimming instead. A: Is Caroline a member of the sports centre? B: No, but she goes running a lot. Angela’s a member though. A: I didn’t think she was the sporty type. B: Well, she plays squash a couple of times a week, so she must be quite fit. Her friend Will is really sporty though. A: Doesn’t he go surfing quite often? B: I don’t think so. He does love adventure sports, though. I know that he goes rock-climbing every weekend. A: What? In this weather - he must be crazy! Vicky is another person who really loves outdoor sports, isn't she? B: Yes, she used to go climbing too, but her latest hobby is scuba diving. She’s bought a wetsuit and flippers and everything. A: Wow. I think I'll just stick with playing tennis every now and again. It seems a lot safer to me. Exercise 37 A: So you didn’t get the job? B: No A: Have you any idea what went wrong? B: W ell it was my clothes A: What did you wear? B: A pair of jeans, a jacket, no tie 38 | P a g e
  39. A: What? It was a teaching job in a boys’ school! Why on earth didn’t you wear a suit? B: Well, you see, the ad said that the school has a very relaxed atmosphere. So I thought that a suit would be too formal A: Oh dear B: But when I arrived the headmaster and the other teachers were dressed very formally. Everyone was in dark suits and ties. I felt terrible. The atmosphere in the interview room certainly wasn’t relaxed believe me! A: But did the interview itself go okay? B: Yes, it did. But they just didn’t like my appearance. At the end of the interview they told me that they were looking for someone more serious and responsible. Can you believe it? A: That’s terrible but clothes are what people see B: Mmmm so do you think a man should always wear a suit to an interview? A: Yes well a s u it or a jacket and trousers but you should always wear a tie B: I suppose you’re right A: It’s the same for women really a suit or a skirt and jacket. Funny your experience this morning reminds me of an interview I had years ago. It was a similar experience but the opposite problem B: What do you mean? A: Well this was an interview with a computer company. I dressed very formally. I wore a navy suit and a striped blouse. I wanted to look reliable B: So what happened? A: Oh! This was an American company and the interviewers were all dressed very informally. One of them was wearing jeans and trainers B: Oh no! A: So you can imagine how I felt: embarrassed and over dressed B: Did you get the job? A: No. When they told me I hadn't got the job, they said that they were looking for someone more relaxed and informal Exercise 38 A: and I’d like to welcome Dr Joe Purdy of the Institute for Scientific Research B: Thank you A: Dr Purdy, what would you say is the most striking thing about volcanoes? B: Well, volcanoes are a very powerful natural phenomenon. And of course they can cause a village with hundreds of people to disappear in seconds. But for me, what is most amazing about them is the fact that they can erupt at any time, without any warning A: Yes B: But now scientists are working on the idea that volcanic eruptions are related to the moon A: The moon? Can this be possible? B: Well, they think that the moon may effect volcanic eruptions. For example, a volcano is more likely to erupt when there is a full moon. This is a very old idea, but it has never been tested until recently A: I see A: But not all volcanoes are dangerous killers B: Really? A: Take Mount Etna, in Sicily. Everybody has heard of Mount Etna. It’s called the "Friendly 39 | P a g e
  40. Giant", not because it’s big - though it is - but because its lava moves very slowly. This gives people time to escape. It’s not a killer volcano even though it looks terrible during its eruptions B: Oh, I didn’t know that about its lava A: It’s true. Also, people have recorded the deaths caused by Mount Etna for over three thousand years, and it has only killed seventy-three people in all that time. That’s not very many when you think about it, though there was a large eruption in sixteen sixty-nine but nobody recorded any deaths B: Amazing A: Volcanoes are always changing for example, the cone, that’s the channel the lava flows through, can close up and a new cone can form. A new cone is actually a new volcano. On the site of Mount Fuji in Japan, there were two other volcanoes there before the present one B: Amazing! A: Mount Fuji is actually a very popular place for tourists, including the Japanese. It has about four hundred thousand visitors a year. In the summer, there can be twenty thousand a day B: And can you tell us about the word "volcano" itself? A: Yes it comes from the Italian word "vulcano" which means "burning mountain", and that comes from the Latin "Vulcanus". All "burning mountains", like Vesuvius and Mount Fiji, were given this name, but the name "Vulcanus" was first given by the Romans to Mount Etna because they thought that it was the home of the god Vulcanus Exercise 39 Yes I went to The Smiling Buddha last night. Mmmm The Smiling Buddha, the new Thai restaurant that’s just opened. The people who run it are from Thailand and there are no European dishes at all. I’d never tasted Thai cooking before, so it was a new experience for me. I took Derek because he was interested to see what it was like. When we arrived, they welcomed us immediately and took us to our table. The service was a little slow but everything else was very pleasant, so it didn’t seem to matter really. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We didn’t mind waiting between courses. And we were delighted with the food you know how we both like hot and spicy dishes. No not very h o t and it was really colourful it was a pleasure to look at it was almost a shame to eat it! And there was soft music in the background which created a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere Thai music I suppose it was very different but it was very quiet. I really dislike loud music in a restaurant. We stayed until it closed oh until around midnight I suppose. And the decor well it was traditional Thai, which means that it was very colourful. I thought that maybe it was a bit much. You see, we’re just not used to that kind of thing. Anyway, it was reasonably priced around twenty pounds each for a three course meal. I think that’s very reasonable and very good value for money. Especially when you consider the quality of the food and the service and the atmosphere. I filled in one of the comment forms and that’s what I wrote really. I mean, this is a very good restaurant you should try it sometime Exercise 40 C: It was quite a good party, wasn’t it? V: Yes though there were lots of people we didn’t know. I’m not that keen on going around introducing myself to strangers 40 | P a g e
  41. C: Oh, I enjoy new faces and everyone was very friendly V: They certainly were! I heard enough people’s life stories to last me a lifetime! C: Oh, there was one woman who told me all about her summer holiday in great detail V: Was that the woman with short blonde hair? She told me C: No, she had long straight brown hair she was wearing big green earrings V: Yes! I know who you mean! Did you meet the writer? A tall man with curly grey hair C: No, was he interesting to talk to? V: Well, he did most of the talking! He told me the entire plot of his latest novel an adventure story set in Nicaragua. I couldn’t get a word in edgeways C: A man was telling me about the narrow escape he'd had when his village was flooded last winter V: Wow! C: Yes the police were travelling around in small boats checking everyone was all right. This man was trapped on the roof of his house for fifteen hours, but he was eventually rescued by the Fire Brigade V: Another woman was talking to me about her daughter’s graduation ceremony: the party beforehand then everything about the ceremony the speeches what the students did. She just couldn’t see that I wasn’t interested in this at all. I mean I’ve never even met any of these people C: Dear me! You didn’t have very good luck, did you? V: Well, just before the end of the party, I met this nice young woman. We were talking about cooking. She’s just done a Mediterranean Cookery course. When I told her I was a chef, she was very interested C: I see! Well now (fade) Exercise 41 B: Yes I think it’s a great idea for us to take up a new sport together! My brother’s just joined a weightlifting class what about that? G: Weightlifting? B: Yes it could be really good. I’d like to develop my muscles. What do you think? G: Are you joking? Girls don’t do weightlifting! B: Oh yes they do. My brother said that there were some girls in his class not many, mind G: But it could be very dangerous, and bad for your heart. Not to mention the rest of you B: Mmmm it needn’t be dangerous, if you’re careful. And of course girls don’t lift very heavy weights G: I think these weightlifting champions look horrible, with their huge muscles ugh! B: [laughing] Oh I don’t think I’ll go that fa r G: Oh Bill! I really don’t like being confined indoors. I prefer to be outside, moving around. What about something like diving? I mean, we live near the sea. There’s a diving club beside the harbour Just think about i t gliding past all those brightly coloured fish and sea plants B: But this isn’t exactly the Caribbean! And you need expensive equipment, like a wet suit, an oxygen tank G: But you don’t have to buy i t you can rent i t B: Anyway I don’t like the water. I don’t swim very w ell 41 | P a g e
  42. G: Oh, of course. I’d forgotten that. Well, another sport I was thinking about is hang-gliding. A friend of mine started it a few weeks ago, and she just loves i t B: Hang-gliding? G: Obviously it can be dangerous too. I mean, you have to jump off the tops of mountains, and you have to know all about the winds and air currents, and you need a lot of courage B: But it sounds really exciting! G: My friend says she feels like a bird it’s so graceful. Though you’re never quite sure where you’re going to land B: Sounds great! Do you want to give it a go? G: Why not? Let’s ask [fade] Exercise 42 Student: Hi, Mum! Hi, Dad! Look at this leaflet! We’re having an Open Day at school. It’s going to be all about the environment. I think it will be very interesting. There are all kinds of things happening. It's on Saturday the twenty-fifth of October. Our Geography teacher, that’s Mr Solomon, he’s organising the whole thing really, though he’s getting lots of help of course. He was telling us all about it this morning and looking for volunteers. He’s going to show a documentary film about air pollution. And our Science teacher, Miss Hopkins, she’s running a workshop, that means people have to do things and talk, not just listen. She’s calling it: "How to recycle and why". We all have to bring in things you can recycle, like cans, and newspapers and cardboard boxes. And she’s going to show what actually happens to these during the recycling process. And they’ve invited Ted Hamilton, the horticulturalist, to lead a walk around the area. It’s all about protecting our natural environment. I’d say that will be very popular, and places are limited, so I’ve put our three names down for that. I hope you want to go! Then in the evening there’s a special guest. What’s her name? Oh yes Doctor Lynda Potter. She’s a well- known environmentalist. She’s going to give a talk about how everyone can do something. Yes the title of her talk is: "What can WE do to help?". I think that’s a good idea. People often think, "Oh, there’s nothing I can do". And our History teacher, Mrs O’Leary, she’s in charge of the information stand. There’ll be books and leaflets about the environment. And she’s organising a team of environmental specialists who will be able to answer people’s questions. That’s good, isn’t it? I think it’s going to be a really Exercise 43 So you’re going to Paris in March. Where will you be travelling from? Central London? Fine. If you were thinking of taking the car, the quickest way by boat is between Dover and Calais. There’s a sailing every four hours. The crossing takes about one and a half hours longer in bad weather. Times? Well, for example, there’s a sailing from Dover at eight fifteen in the morning, and one back from Calais at four o'clock in the afternoon. With those sailings you make the most of your time in Paris. If you’re not taking the car, there are plenty of flights between London and Paris. The cheapest return fare is about ninety pounds. If you wanted something around that price you'd need to book soon. I'll just check availability yes there are some seats left. Some of those flights are from Gatwick, and some are from Heathrow. Yes the charter flights tend to go from Gatwick, and the scheduled flights go from Heathrow. So it’s 42 | P a g e
  43. usually cheaper to go from Gatwick. But it takes longer to get to Gatwick. Of course the other option is the train yes go with Eurostar via the Channel Tunnel. There’s one from London to Paris every half hour, from a quarter past five in the morning until twenty to eight in the evening. It’s an extremely comfortable way to travel, very luxurious, very smooth. The journey takes about three hours. There’s a similar service from Paris yes it’s an amazing service. It doesn’t really take any longer than the plane. The stations, yeah. In Paris you arrive at the Gare du Nord and in London you arrive at Waterloo Station, both very central. There's not much price difference either Exercise 44 M: Here's another mug of coffee. Do you know it’s already a quarter to midnight? S: Thanks, Mum. I don’t know why I always seem to end up studying at the last minute. I know it’s silly, and it’s not a good idea. Cramming in facts late at night until the early hours M: What you need is a revision timetable. You know, a month or so before the exams start, you should sit down and plan all the work you have to do, and how much you are going to do each day. If you did that, you wouldn’t end up working in the middle of the night S: Mmmmm at the moment I’m just studying the things that I think are likely to come up. Three or four for each subject. A group of us got together and discussed this M: But is that not a huge risk? S: Yes, of course it is but I haven’t got time to cover the whole course M: And you know, the way you’re doing things at the moment is crazy. Not just from the work point of view but everything. Studying late, getting up late, not eating properly S: You’re right. And I’m drinking far too much coffee, and probably eating too much chocolate too, but they make me feel wide awake, so I’m able to study better M: That’s because they’re stimulants. How do you feel after the effect has worn off? S: W ell I suppose I just keep taking more. But it’s very hard to get to sleep afterwards, and almost impossible to get up in the morning M: You need proper rest and exercise. When was the last time you went for a jog . or even went for a walk? And you haven’t been to basketball practice for weeks! If your body is in such bad shape how can you expect your mind to work properly? S: Yes, I know I [fade] 43 | P a g e
  44. Answer keys Exercise 1 1. doctor 2. Mexican 3. Lipponen 4. twenty-one 5. artist Exercise 2 1. Camford 2. bathroom 3. modern 4. (double) garage 5. 01345 789 798 Exercise 3 1. T 2. F 3. F 4. T 5. F 6. T Exercise 4 1. England 2. daughter 3. doctor 4. cinema 5. fifth Exercise 5 1. 0778 56765 2. tomatoes 3. 6 eggs 4. two cartons 5. 11.80 Exercise 6 1. G 2. D 3. H 4. B 5. C Exercise 7 1. D 2. A 3. E 4. C 5. H Exercise 8 1. F 2. T 3. T 4. F 5. T 6. F Exercise 9 1. twelve 2. ancient temples 3. elephant 4. beach 5. 1,850 Exercise 10 1. F 2. H 3. B 4. D 5. C Exercise 11 1. F 2. C 3. G 4. B 5. A Exercise 12 1. B 2. C 3. A 4. B 5. B Exercise 13 1. C 2. B 3. C 4. B 5. B Exercise 14 1. earache 2. ten thirty 3. stomachache 4. burnt arm 5. Sellars Exercise 15 1. mustn’t feed 2. frightened 3. car windows 4. rubbish bags 5. noise Exercise 16 1. G 2. E 3. H 4. A 5. F Exercise 17 1.T 2. F 3. T 4. F 5. T 6. T Exercise 18 1. F 2. H 3. B 4. D 5. E Exercise 19 1. F 2. T 3. F 4. T 5. F 6. F Exercise 20 1. H 2. A 3. D 4. E 5. G Exercise 21 1. laws 2. transport 3. get a divorce 4. tem ples 5. religion Exercise 22 44 | P a g e
  45. 1. E 2. A 3. H 4. B 5. F Exercise 23 1. F 2. F 3. F 4. T 5. T 6. T Exercise 24 1. aerobics 2. Book 3. Tuesday 4. windsurfing 5. 11 Exercise 25 1. 10th 2. turtles 3. national zoo 4. rainforest 5. plant species Exercise 26 1. B 2. A 3. B 4. B 5. C Exercise 27 1. C 2. A 3. C 4. A 5. C Exercise 28 1. C 2. B 3. A 4. C 5. B Exercise 29 1. 19,h (September) 2. National History 4. 9.30 5. guided tour Exercise 30 1. F 2. T 3. F 4. T 5. T 6. F Exercise 31 1. B 2. C 3. C 4. C 5. B Exercise 32 1. F 2. F 3. T 4. T 5. T 6. T Exercise 33 1. A 2. E 3. F 4. G 5. B Exercise 34 1. 44B 2. three 3. Keswick 4. ten 5. 0937 823 886 Exercise 35 1. B 2. E 3. F 4. H 5. C Exercise 36 1. G 2. B 3. A 4. H 5. F Exercise 37 1. T 2. T 3. F 4. T 5. F 6. T Exercise 38 1. B 2. A 3. C 4. A 5. C 6.B Exercise 39 1. restaurant 2. slow 3. friendly 4. spicy 5. relaxing 6. colorful Exercise 40 1. F 2. F 3. T 4. F 5. F 6. T Exercise 41 1. F 2. T 3. F 4. F 5. T 6. T Exercise 42 1. 25th October 2. air pollution 3. to recycle 4. limited 5. talk 6. leaflets Exercise 43 1. four hours 2. ninety 3. charter 4. Eurostar 5. three 6. Waterloo 45 | P a g e
  46. Exercise 44 1. F 2. T 3. F 4. T 5. T 6. F 46 | P a g e