Practice Listening English Exercises for B1 – Personalities

Listening task 1: People are different.

A Listen. People are talking. Where are they? Number the pictures from 1 to 5. (There is one extra picture.)

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(top row) 2, 5

(middle row) X, 1

(bottom row) 4, 3

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BListen again. Which word best describes the first speaker? Circle the correct answers.

1 a. forgetful

     b. competitive

2 a. adventurous

     b. energetic

3 a. sociable

     b. creative

4 a. adventurous

     b. dependable

5 a. ambitious

     b. short-tempered

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1 a   2 b   3 a   4 a   5 b

Audioscripts

1

Woman :   Oh, no. I can’t find gloves. I think I forgot them in the mall.

Man :   Check your coat pocket.

Woman :   Oh, right. Here they are. Oh, no! Now, I can’t find keys!

Man :   You probably put them in your pocket, too.

Woman :   No, they’re not here. Oh, where did I put them? Ah, here they are, in the bag with new leather jacket. Now if I can just remember where I parked the car. Hmm, I think it was over there, but I’m just not sure__ OK__

2

Man 1 :   Wow, that was great!

Man 2 :   Yeah, great for you. I’m tired.

Man 1 :   Oh come on! Just one more game! We still have thirty minutes.

Man 2 :   Don’t you want to rest? We’ve been playing for two hours.

Man 1 :   And I could play for two more hours!

Man 2 :   You’re unbelievable! Why don’t you find another partner. I’m going to the snack bar. You can meet me there later.

3

Man :   I’m so excited about the party Friday. I’ve invited a lot of people!

Woman :   A lot of people? How many?

Man :   Probably about fifteen or twenty. It’ll be great! We’ll see our good friends, and some of them are bringing guests, so we’ll meet a lot of new people, too.

Woman :   Wow! I guess we need a lot of food then.

Man :   Yeah. We’re going to have an international food buffet. It’ll be fantastic! Everyone will have a chance to talk and get to know each other while we eat. Let’s see, we need some tomatoes. We also__

4

Man :   Well, I’m almost ready for backpacking trip.

Woman :   Oh, good. So you just need a guidebook to plan what you’re going to do there, right? Look, this one has all the famous sites and how to get there.

Man :   No, I don’t need a guidebook – just a map. I’m going to enjoy exploring when I get there.

Woman :   Don’t you worry about anything?

Man :   Not when I’m traveling. I just want to do and try everything!

Woman :   Hmm, I wish I were more like you. I’d probably have more fun.

5

Man :   Hey! What are you doing?

Woman :   Who, me? Nothing!

Man :   No, not you, the guy in that red car. Did you see what he did?

Woman :   No, but__

Man :   He went right in front of me! He cut me off!

Woman :   Well, we’re not in a hurry, are we? So it doesn’t matter.

Man :   Doesn’t matter? Of course it matters! He’s got to share the road!

Woman :   Don’t get so angry. It’s just a car.

Man :   Well__

Listening task 2: Two of a kind

A Listen. People are describing the personalities of people they know. What are the people’s relationships? Circle the correct answers.

1 a. sisters

     b. mother and daughter

2 a. co-workers

     b. roommates

3 a. husband and wife

     b. neighbors

4 a. college friends

     b. father and son

a. brothers

     b. classmates

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1 a   2 b   3 a   4 b   5 b

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BListen again. Are their personalities similar or different? Check (✓) the correct answers.

similar

different

1

2

3

4

5

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1 similar   2 different   3 different

4 similar   5 different

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1

Man :   And how about this one?

Woman :   Oh, this is a picture of us at our family picnic last year.

Man :   I didn’t know you were a twin!

Woman :   Yeah – sister lives in New York. She’s a writer.

Man :   For a newspaper?

Woman :   No, she writes stories – short stories, mostly, and poems.

Man :   Have you ever drawn pictures for her stories? You can draw really well, can’t you?

Woman :   Not yet, but we talk about it sometimes.

Man :   That would be neat – your art and her writing. You have a very creative family!

2

Woman :   So how’s everything?

Man :   Oh, OK. I moved into a new apartment a few months ago.

Woman :   Oh yeah? By yourself?

Man :   No, but, I wish! I’m sharing the place with another guy.

Woman :   Is that a problem?

Man :   Well, he’s just not very dependable. He doesn’t pay the rent on time, and he leaves the door unlocked__

Woman :   Oh, that must drive you crazy! You’re Mr. Dependable!

Man :   Yeah. I’m thinking about moving out.

3

Woman 1 :   Wow, you two have known each other for thirty years? That’s amazing!

Woman 2 :   Well, yes, we’ve been through a lot together.

Woman 1 :   What’s the secret to such a healthy relationship? Are you a lot alike?

Woman 2 :   Oh, no. Harry’s the adventurous one. He’s always hiking and skiing and mountain climbing.

Woman 1 :   Do you go with him?

Woman 2 :   Oh, goodness me, no. I like to read, and work in garden.

Woman 1 :   Well, you know what they say – opposites attract!

4

Man 1 :   Todd’s coming home from college this weekend.

Man 2 :   Oh, that will be nice! What are you going to do?

Man 1 :   Well, we’ll probably catch a movie Friday night. We both love science fiction, and there’s a great new movie out. And then Saturday we have plans to play golf together.

Man 2 :   Oh, Todd plays golf, too? Does he play as well as you?

Man 1 :   Oh, he’s even better than me now! After all, I started giving him lessons when he was just five!

Man 2 :   Hmm, he sounds competitive! Runs in the family, I guess.

5

Woman :   How did Kevin do on the test?

Man :   He got an A – of course! All he does is study!

Woman :   Well, he wants to be a doctor someday, you know.

Man :   Yeah, he’s probably the most ambitious student in class.

Woman :   And how about you?

Man :   Me? I guess I have own dreams.

Woman :   No, I mean how did you do on the test?

Man :   Uh__ can we talk about something else?

Listening task 3

A Listen. Circle the correct answers.

1 The people are

    a. business owners.

    b. office workers.

    c. university students.

2 The woman is going to

    a. teach a class.

    b. take a class.

    c. read some books.

3 The woman is

    a. adventurous.

    b. competitive.

    c. ambitious.

4 The man is

    a. sociable.

    b. easygoing.

    c. dependable.

5 The man is also

    a. adventurous.

    b. competitive.

    c. forgetful.

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1 c   2 b   3 c   4 b   5 a

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Man :   Ah, it’s almost summer vacation time ___ I can’t wait to take a break from studying! How about you?

Woman :   Well, I’m not really going to take a break.

Man :   You’re not? What are you going to do?

Woman :   I’m going to take a business class over the summer. And I’m going to work part-time at uncle’s company to get some experience.

Man :   More classes and work? Why don’t you just relax and take it easy this summer?

Woman :   I guess I’m just not as easygoing as you are. I really want to be successful in the future.

Man :   Oh, I’m sure you’ll be rich and famous!

Woman :   How about you? Don’t you ever think about your future?

Man :   Sure, I do. I think about all the great places I’m going to travel to when I graduate. I’m going to buy a backpack and travel around the world. When I’m done with all adventures, then I’ll start thinking about getting a serious job.

Woman :   Well, I guess we’re just opposites. I’m serious about career.

Man :   And I’m serious about relaxing. This summer I’m just going to take it easy.

BListen. Check (✓) your answers. Write more information as needed.

more adventurous     less adventurous

 name _______

taking a test                playing sports

 another situation _______

a big party                   a small party

 another situation _______

draw                             sing

 something else _______

more ambitious          more easygoing

     another word _______

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1

Are you more adventurous or less adventurous than your best friend? Check your answer. Then write your best friend’s name on the line.

2

What kinds of situations make you feel competitive? Check your answer, or write another situation that makes you feel competitive.

3

What kinds of situations make you feel sociable? Check your answer, or write another situation that makes you feel sociable.

4

What do you do that is creative? Check your answer, or write something else you do that is creative.

5

Are you more ambitious or more easygoing? Check your answer. Then write another personality word that describes you on the line.

Listening task 4

A Listen. People are describing other people they know. Who are they talking about? Circle the correct answers.

1 a. a teacher

    b. a boss

    c. a friend

2 a. a friend

    b. a brother

    c. a teacher

3 a. a sister

    b. a co-worker

    c. a roommate

4 a. a friend

    b. a brother

    c. a husband

5 a. a customer

    b. a server

    c. a clerk

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1 a   2 b   3 c   4 a   5 b

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BListen again. Check (✓) the two words each speaker uses to describe the person.

1  energetic      forgetful        short-tempered      creative

2  adventurous     ambitious      easygoing     sociable

3  easygoing     energetic           creative             dependable

4  forgetful       dependable       sociable              short-tempered

5  energetic      forgetful             adventurous      sociable

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1 energetic, forgetful

2 ambitious, sociable

3 easygoing, creative

4 dependable, short-tempered

5 energetic, sociable

Audioscripts

1

Man :   What’s Professor Santos like?

Woman :   Oh, she’s very energetic. She really loves her job – you can tell. But ___

Man :   But what?

Woman :   Well, sometimes she’s a bit forgetful. One time she forgot to tell us she was going to give us a test the next class, so nobody was prepared!

Man :   Oh, no!

Woman :   Oh, it was OK. She changed the date and gave us a few days to study.

2

Woman :   So, how’s Matt’s new job?

Man :   He’s doing really well. You know how ambitious he is!

Woman :   Yeah, I always knew he’d be really successful.

Man :   Here. This is a picture of him mountain climbing in India.

Woman :   Wow! I didn’t know Matt was so adventurous!

Man :   He isn’t. But he’s very sociable. His friends invited him on the trip, and he couldn’t say “no.” When we were younger, our parents used to call him “a social butterfly.”

Woman :   Well, I guess you two are a lot alike.

3

Man :   So, how are you and Andrea getting along these days?

Woman :   OK, I guess. She’s very nice.

Man :   And very easygoing!

Woman :   Yeah, maybe too easygoing. I wish she were more energetic around the apartment. It’s always a mess. She never cleans up after herself.

Man :   That’s a problem.

Woman :   I know. But she’s a not a bad person. She’s very creative. She plays music and sings, and she can paint, too. We get along OK. But next year, I think I’m going to live alone.

4

Man :   So, where’s Adam?

Woman :   Oh, he’ll be here. Don’t worry. Adam is the most dependable person I know.

Man :   Really? How long have you known him?

Woman :   Since we were kids. Our families lived next door to each other. He’s a great guy – a little short-tempered sometimes, but I like him a lot.

Man :   Well, I like him, too. But if he doesn’t come soon, we’re going to miss the movie. Then I’ll be the one who’s short-tempered!

5

Server :   OK, that’s one chicken sandwich, one burger, a salad with no dressing, an iced tea, and a coffee. I’ll put that other in right away.

Woman :   Did you see that? He didn’t write our order down! He’ll never be able to remember all that!

Man :   Oh, yes, he will. He never forgets anything.

Woman :   Really?

Man :   Yeah. And he’s very energetic. He’s a little slow sometimes because he likes to stop and talk to the customers. He’s really sociable.

Woman :   Well, that’s OK with me. I like friendly people.

Man :   Then you’ll love this place!