I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Christmas is a time when children hope to receive presents from their parents, other family, and friends. Imagine that you are one of the children in this conversation (a three-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl). What Christmas gifts would you like to receive?

HELPFUL TIP: Try renting a movie and watching the captions on movie DVDs as a way of helping you improve your listening skills. There are some great Websites where you can find DVDs.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

I. 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 does the little boy NOT ask for Christmas?

A. a toy train

B. a play car

C. hand-held radio receiver-transmitters
2. What does the girl want Christmas?

A. dolls

B. Barbie playhouse

C. marbles

3. What are some of the foods the children want to prepare for Santa’s reindeer?

A. cookies, apples, and carrots

B. hot chocolate, oranges, and corn

C. apples, oranges, and cookies

4. What time do they plan to go to bed?

A. 7:00 p.m.

B. 8:00 p.m.

C. 9:00 p.m.

5. How is Santa going to enter the house?

A. through the back door

B. down the chimney

C. through a basement window

Score =

Correct answers:

Man: Well, Christmas is almost here. So, what do you want from Santa this year?
Micky: A toy car and walkie-talkies.

Man: Really? Well, and what about you, Emily? What do you want for Christmas?

Emily: If I can’t have a Barbie radio, um, I would have some fragile dolls. And if I can’t have some fragile dolls, it doesn’t really matter what I get.

Man: Wow. Well, I’m excited, and Santa is coming. And how is Santa going to get inside the house, Micky?

Micky: Um, go down the chimney . . .

Man: Okay, so he’s going to go down the chimney, and should we prepare anything for Santa?

Micky: Yeah!

Man: What are we going to prepare for him, Emily?

Emily: Um. We could prepare some cookies for him and some hot chocolate, and, um, we could give Rudolph some, um, hot chocolate in a bowl and a cookie. And we could give some of the reindeer some cookies and some hot chocolate in a bowl.

Man: Well, what do you think? They, Um, reindeer probably don’t eat cookies, but what else could we give them, Micky?

Micky: Um, apples.

Man: Ah, that’s good. And, uh . . .

Emily: Oranges and bananas.

Man: Okay and what time do you think we should go to bed?

Emily: Um, seven.

Man: About seven o’clock. Well, that’s exciting. I’m really happy that Christmas is coming.

Key Vocabulary[Top]
  • walkie-talkies (noun): small portable radio receiver-transmitters used for communicating with others
    – We always take walkie-talkies when we go hiking in case of emergencies.
  • barbie (noun): the name of a brand doll
    – My daughter wants a barbie doll house for Christmas.
  • fragile (adjective): easily broken or damaged, delicate
    – Handle this vase with care. It’s very fragile.
  • chimney (noun): the place in a house where smoke from a fire goes up and out of the roof
    – You should clean out the chimney before we use it this winter.
  • Rudolph (pronoun): the name of Santa’s reindeer with the shiny red nose
    – According to the story, Santa needed Rudolph to guide his sleigh on one stormy, Christmas Eve.