I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are typical topics of conversation that come up when meeting someone for the first time? Write down your ideas before you begin.

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]

I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play” button of the audio type you want to hear and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What is the woman’s name?

A. Julie

B. Jenny

C. Jane

2. Where is the woman from originally?

A. Argentina

B. the United States

C. Chile

3. About how old was the man when he returned to the United States?

A. 7 years old

B. 10 years old

C. 17 years old

4. What is the man studying?

A. physics

B. biology

C. psychology


5. What is the woman’s job?

A. sales representative

B. computer programmer

C. receptionist


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Correct answers:


Tom: Hi. I don’t think we’ve met. My name’s Tom.

Jenny: Hi, Tom. Nice to meet you. My name is Juanita, but everybody calls me Jenny.

Tom: Nice to meet you, Jenny. So, where are you from?

Jenny: Well, originally I’m from Argentina, but we moved to the United States when I was about five years old. My parents now live in Chile. That’s where they first met. How about you, Tom?

Tom: I was born in Fresno, California, and we lived there until I was seven. Then, since my father worked for the military, we moved all over the place.

Jenny: Oh yeah? Where are some of the places you’ve lived?

Tom: Mostly, we were overseas. We spent a total of ten years in Korea, Germany, and Okinawa, Japan. We were transferred back to the States three years ago, but I think my parents would have liked to live overseas for at least 20 more years.

Jenny: Wow. It sounds like you’ve had an interesting life. So, what do you do now?

Tom: I’m a student at Purdue University.

Jenny: Oh really? What are you studying?

Tom: I’m majoring in psychology. How about you? What do you do?

Jenny: Well, I’m working as a sales representative for Vega Computers downtown.

Tom: No kidding! My brother works there too.