I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Finding pen friends (pen pals) or developing good friendships, either through online dating or talking with friends, can be an important part of a happy life. However, in dating relationships, what kinds of difficulties and problems can arise? What are the best ways to learn to solve such situations? What dating tips can you think of to ensure good relationships?

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What is the relationship between Greg and Cindy?

A. They are coworkers.

B. They used to go out together.

C. They are family.
2. Where did the man first run into trouble?

A. outside of Cindy’s house

B. inside a club named Palace

C. at the city zoo

3. What happened while the man was trying to get away from Butch?

A. The car almost crashed off the road.

B. The man attempted to steal the car.

C. The man jumped on top of the car.

4. Where is the man at the time of this phone call?

A. at home

B. in a restroom

C. in his car

5. What does the man say he should have done that evening instead?

A. He should have done his homework.

B. He ought to have relaxed and read a book.

C. He should have washed his clothes.

Score =
Correct answers:

Greg: Hey, sorry, I can’t come to the phone now. Just leave a message . . .


Dave: Greg, greg. Where in the world are you? Hey, man. I’m in hot water, and it’s all your fault! I thought you said Cindy was single and available!! Man, were you wrong!! You should have told me that your sis had just broken up with a seven-foot gorilla named Butch. I mean the guy is huge, and he caught me dropping her at her place, and he nearly strangled me before I could get in my car. And the guy’s dog. You might have warned me about his vicious beast dog. The thing nearly ripped off my arm.

Well, once I pealed out of the drive way, the maniac started chasing me in his monster truck and nearly ran me off the road. And man, you could have told me that your car didn’t have much gas ’cause it ran out in the middle of this dark parking lot, and I’m now hiding in the men’s room of the gas station. Now, pick up the phone . . . pick it up , . . . Oh, no I can hear the guy outside and . . . hey, and your phone is going dead . . . Ah, man . . . you might have told me that this thing couldn’t hold a charge . . . Ah man . . . I should have stayed home and done the laundry . . . I shouldn’t have listened to your wacky idea of going out tonight . . . Greg, Greg? Where are you?.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • be in hot water (idiom): be in serious trouble
    – I’ll be in hot water if I don’t buy my wife flowers for Valentines Day.
  • vicious (adjective): something causing great physical or emotional pain through aggressive actions or behavior, dangerous
    – That watch dog is really vicious. It will bite you if you get too close.
  • peal out (phrasal verb): to accelerate a vehicle very quickly
    – The man pealed out of the parking lot and nearly ran into our car.
  • maniac (noun): a person who acts in a wild or uncontrollable way
    – That guy is a maniac. He driving out of control and almost hit us.
  • run off (phrasal verb): to force or drive off
    – He fell asleep at the wheel, and the car ran off the road.
  • hide (verb): to prevent from being seen or discovered
    – Last night, I just wanted to hide under the table when I spilt my drink on my date.
  • wacky (adjective): crazy, irrational, or silly
    – Don’t listen to his wacky ideas. They’ll only get you in hot water.