I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some common personal or health problems we encounter in our lives? What words of advice would you give a person with these problems?

HELPFUL TIP: If you are having medical problems, you can also use the Internet to search for information on your condition; however, be sure to consult with a physician for clear diagnosis of your circumstances.

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 main problem discussed in the conversation?

A. extreme stress

B. hair loss

C. declining health
2. Based on the conversation, what is the most probable relationship between the speakers?

A. old friends

B. brother and sister

C. colleagues from work

3. Why is the man hesitant about seeking medical treatment for his condition?

A. He feels medical treatment is still unproven for his condition.

B. He is worried about the side effects of the medication.

C. He thinks the treatment is too expensive.

4. What does the man probably do at the end of the conversation?

A. He continues to look for other solutions to his problem.

B. He decides to visit a doctor at his sister’s urging.

C. He finally accepts that state of his condition.

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Correct answers:

Heather: Ron, what are you doing?

Ron: Ah, nothing. I’m just looking up some information on the Internet.

Heather: Like what? Let me see.

Ron: No, no, it’s okay. I mean, you know . . .

Heather: Baldness? What are you looking that up for? [Well, you know . . . ] I . . . I mean, you’re not that bad off.

Ron: Ah, there you go. Bringing it up again!

Heather: No. I mean it. You look great! Honestly, it’s not that bad.

Ron: Hey, I get enough of it from friends, and the people at work, and now from you!

Heather: Well, maybe you could wear a toupee? I think you’d look great.

Ron: Oh no. And have it slip off my head on to my date’s dinner plate as I lean over to kiss her? Uh-uh.

Heather: Well, have you ever thought about seeking medical advice? There are new advances in medicines that not only retard hair loss, but help regenerate new growth.

Ron: Ah, I still don’t give much credibility to medical treatment to prevent permanent hair loss.

Heather: Well, what about accepting the fact that you’re just losing your hair?

Ron: I just can’t give up hope. I know appearances shouldn’t matter, but I don’t know. I just feel that women just avoid me.

Heather: Come on. You can’t be serious.

Ron: No really. I’ve seen it many times. It just, I don’t know . . .

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • baldness (noun): hair loss
    Baldness affects many men in their twenties and thirties.
  • to bring something up (verb phrase): to start talking about something
    – Please don’t bring up the subject again. We’ve already discussed it many times.
  • toupee (noun): a fake hair piece for men
    – I thought about buying a toupee, but I’d rather no wear one.
  • uh-uh (paralinguistic expression): informal way of saying “no.”
    – Aren’t you going to the party tonight?
    Uh-uh. I have finish a 20-page report by Monday, and I’m only on page one.
  • retard (verb): slow or prevent
    – This toothpaste is good for retarding cavities.
  • regenerate (verb): to start or stimulate new growth
    – We hope that this medication with regenerate new nerve endings.