I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Having pen friends is a good way to meet people. What kinds of things would you write or talk about when introducing yourself to a pen friend (pen pal) for the first time? How do these topics change depending on the situation and the person to whom you are speaking (e.g., an older man on a airplane or a fellow student at a party)?

HELPFUL TIP: When meeting people for the first time, be careful to not share too much personal information about yourself. There is always time for the later if you feel comfortable with the person.

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 man’s name?

A. Craig

B. Greg

C. Gary
2. Where was the man born?

A. Arizona

B. Kansas

C. Colorado

3. Which sentence best describes his university studies?

A. He is a third-year student.

B. He is majoring in Spanish.

C. He really enjoys his studies.

4. Where does the man work?

A. at a bookstore

B. at a restaurant

C. at a supermarket

5. What is one thing the man like to do in his free time?

A. reading

B. jogging

C. camping

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Correct answers:

Hi. My name’s Greg, and I’m originally from Denver, Colorado, but my family moved to Arizona when I was about 3, so I grew up in there. I graduated from high school about three years ago, and I am currently attending a university in my city. I’m a junior, and I am majoring in economics with a minor in Spanish. I also work part time as a cashier at a grocery store. Life is really busy, but I enjoy hiking, reading, and hanging out with friends in my free time. When I graduate, I want to work for a company in this area.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • originally (adverb): in the beginning, in the first place
    – My mom is originally from a small town in Texas.
  • currently (adverb): now, at this time
    – She is currently working as a server at a restaurant.
  • attend (verb): go to
    – I want to attend a school near my family.
  • junior (noun): third-year student
    – He is only a junior, so he has another year to graduate.
  • major in (verb): have as one’s main field of study
    – I’m thinking about majoring in restaurant and hotel management.
  • cashier (noun): a person who receives and pays out money at a store
    – Kathy found a job as a cashier at a restaurant.
  • grocery store (noun): supermarket
    – My brother works full time as the manager of a grocery store.
  • hang out (phrasal verb): spend time with, socialize
    – We usually hang out with friends after school.