I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the kinds of questions you ask when meeting someone for the first time? Would you ask different questions depending on the age, social status, and gender of the person to whom you are speaking? Write down your ideas before you listen to the conversation.

HELPFUL TIP: When you meet new world friends, try using expressions like “Oh really?”, “How interesting!” or “No kidding!” in a genuine way to show you are interested in them.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

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

1. Where does this conversation most likely take place?

A. at a park

B. at a school

C. at a birthday party

D. at a music recital
2. What is the girl’s name?

A. Kathy

B. Karen

C. Nancy

D. Nanny

3. Where does the girl probably live now?

A. in Scotland

B. in France

C. in England

D. in the United States

4. What does the girl’s father do for a living?

A. He is a travel agent.

B. He is a professor.

C. He is computer programmer.

D. He is a French teacher.

5. What is one thing NOT mentioned about the girl’s family?

A. why her parents lived in England for several years

B. where her mother works at the present time

C. where the girl grew up

D. how old the girl was when she moved to her present location

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Correct answers:

Teacher: Oh, hi. What was your name again. I can’t keep straight all the students’ names this being the second day of school.

Student: It’s okay. I have a hard time remembering names myself.

Teacher: How, uh, Karen, right?

Student: No, it’s Nancy. My mom’s name is Karen.

Teacher: Nancy. Okay. I think I heard you were from England.

Student: Well, I was born there, but my parents are American. I grew up in France.

Teacher: Oh, a world traveller!

Student: But then we moved here when I was nine.

Teacher: So, what does your father do now?

Student: Well, he’s a college professor, and he is in Scotland at the moment.

Teacher: How interesting. What does he teach?

Student: He teaches chemistry.

Teacher: Oh, chemistry, and uh, what about your mother?

Student: She works full time at home.

Teacher: Oh, and what, does she have her own business or something?

Student: Nah, she takes care of me.

Teacher: Well, being a homemaker can be a real hard, but rewarding job.

Student: I think so too.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • keep straight (verb): remember clearly
    – You need to keep the facts straight if you want to pass the test.
  • nah: no (informal)
    Do you want to come to the party?
    Nah. I have other plans that evening.
  • homemaker (noun): housewife
    – His wife is a homemaker.