I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Getting together with friends on group date can be a fun activity, especially when you like hanging out with people, but you aren’t interested in a serious relationship. In such situations, what kinds of activities to you like to do with your friends (e.g., going to watch a movie, playing video games, hiking, etc.).

HELPFUL TIP: Having good friends can be a real support when life “throws you a curve ball” (challenges). Find friends who share

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 Stuart planning to do with his friends?

A. go for a drive and have a picnic

B. watch a football game

C. see a movie and have dinner
2. Why does Amy say she can’t go with them?

A. She has to study for an exam.

B. She doesn’t have any spending money.

C. She already has plans to attend a party.

3. What are they planning to do at the end of the evening?

A. watch a video

B. have a party

C. play some games

4. How is Amy getting to the activity?

A. She’s driving her car.

B. Stuart is giving her a ride.

C. She’s taking the bus.

5. What time does Amy want to be home?

A. at 10:30 p.m.

B. at 11:30 p.m.

C. at midnight

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Correct answers:

Stuart: Amy. So, how are you doing?

Amy: Oh, hi Stuart. School is so crazy these days, and when I’m not at school, I’m at work.

Stuart: Hey, listen. I’m getting together with Sara and Paul tonight, and a few of our other friends are going to join us. [Oh.] And, we’re . . . well, we’re going out to eat and then catch a movie. Why don’t you come with us?

Amy: Hey, I’d love to, but I have to cram a test tomorrow.

Stuart: Ah, come on. We’re planning on having dinner around 6:30 and then seeing a movie at 7:30. We should be home by 10:30 . . . 11:30 at the latest. I mean you’re always saying that you don’t have any friends . . . and that your love life . . . well, that you don’t have one. Come on!

Amy: I . . . I don’t think I’d better. I haven’t been feeling well lately.

Stuart: Yeah, because you study too much. Well, we’ll have a blast. Come on! Relax. [Well . . .] And it’s Sara’s birthday, too. And we’re throwing her a small birthday party after the movie. Come on. Best friends always stick together.

Amy: Oh. Okay.

Stuart: Great. I’ll pick you up about 6:00.

Amy: Okay. See you then, but I have to be back by 10:30.

Stuart: Ah, 10:30 . . . Midnight. It’s all the same. See you at 6:00.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • catch a movie (verb): watch
    – Let’s catch a movie this afternoon after school is over.
  • cram (verb): study hard
    – I had to cram all night for the final text in my biology class.
  • blast (noun): fun time
    – Thanks for inviting me to the party yesterday. It was a real blast.
  • throw a party (verb): have
    – My parents are throwing a big party for my brother who just got married.
  • midnight (adverb): 12 o’clock at night, the middle of the night
    – I have to be back home by midnight. It’s a family rule.