|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Introducing yourself to others is important, whether it be to a pen friend (pen pal), a friend you meet online, or through a common acquaintance. So, what are some common topics of conversation when you meet people for the first time?
HELPFUL TIP: Don’t be afraid to ask people to repeat their names if you forget them. Using people’s names in conversation shows that you are interested in them, and this can lead to a continued friendship.
|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.
Man: Hi. Uh, haven’t we met before? You look so familiar.
Woman: Yeah. We met on campus last week, [Yeah!] and you asked me the same question.
Man: Oh, oh really? I’m sorry, but I’m terrible with names. But, but, but . . . Let me guess. It’s Sherry, right?
Woman: No, but you got the first letter right.
Man: I know, I know. It’s on the tip of my tongue. Wait. Uh, Sandy, Susan. [Nope. So, was I that memorable?] Wait, wait. It’s Sharon.
Woman: You got it . . . and only on the fourth try.
Man: So, well, Sh . . ., I mean Sharon. How are you?
Woman: Not bad. And what was your name?
Man: It’s Ben, but everyone calls me B.J. And, uh, what do you do, Sh . . . Sharon?
Woman: I’m a graduate student majoring in TESL.
Man: Uh, TESL . . . What’s that?
Woman: It stands for teaching English as a second language. I want to teach English to non-native speakers overseas.
Man: Oh, yeah. I’m pretty good at that English grammar. You know, verbs and adjectives, and uh . . . Hey, that’s sound really exciting. And do you need some type of specific degree or experience to do that? I mean could I do something like that?
Woman: Well, most employers overseas are looking for someone who has at least a Bachelor’s degree and one or two years of experience. [Oh!] And what do you do? Are you a student on campus?
Man: Yeah, but, uh . . . I guess I’m mulling over the idea of going into accounting or international business, but I guess I’m now leaning towards a degree in marketing.
Woman: Oh, uh, . . . Well, I have to run. I have a class in ten minutes.
Man: Oh, okay. And, uh, by the way, there’s this, uh, dance on campus at the student center tonight, and I was wondering if you’d . . . you know . . . like to come along.
Woman: Oh really? Well, perhaps . . . .
Man: Okay, well, bye.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- on the tip of one’s tongue (idiom): to be at the point of remembering something
– Oh, what is her name again? It’s on the tip of my tongue, but I just can’t remember it.
- memorable (adjective): worth remembering
– College graduation was a real memorable experience for me.
- major (verb, also noun): have as your main field of study
– My brother wants to major in education.
- overseas (adverb): in a foreign country
– My family lived overseas for several years.
- mull over (verb): think over
– My brother wants to mull over different job offers before he makes a decision.