English Listening Exercises for B2 – When is Rome ___

1. Write informal sentences with the same meaning. Use the words in brackets.

1 Good morning. (there)

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2 It’s a pleasure to meet you. (good)

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3 Allow me to introduce you to some of colleagues. (meet)

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4 Could I fetch you a coffee at all? (fancy)

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5 It’s very kind of you to offer. (why)

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6 It was a pleasure to meet you. (great)

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1 Hi there.

2 Good to meet you.

Come and meet some of colleagues

4 Do you fancy a coffee?

(Sure) Why not?

6 Great to meet you / It was great meeting you.

2. Listen to extracts from conversations. For each one, decide if it is formal (F) or informal (I). Then write the words or phrases that helped you decide.

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1 I Hi, guys!; How’s things?

2 F Would you be so kind as to ___ ; sir

3 I It’s great to; I’ve heard loads ___

4 F Mrs Brown; may I ___

5 I Fancy ___

6 F Good afternoon. How may I be of assistance?

7 F terribly sorry; allow me to fetch ___

8 I Gotta; guys

9 F I wonder; appear to be

10 I No worries; See you later

Transcript

1 Hi, guys! How’s things?

2 Would you be so kind as to sign here, sir?

3 It’s great to meet you. I’ve heard loads about you from Anna.

4 Mrs Brown, may I introduce you to father?

5 Fancy getting a pizza on the way home?

6 Good afternoon. How may I be of assistance?

7 I’m terribly sorry. I don’t know how that happened. Allow me to fetch you another.

8 Gotta go now, guys. See you later.

9 I wonder if you could help me? I appear to be lost.

10 No worries. Another time maybe. See you later!

Listening Strategy

As you listen, focus on features that tell you what type of text you are hearing (e.g. news, interview, advertisement, notice, story, review, joke, etc.) and what the topic is. Such clues include register (formal or informal), subject vocabulary or the speaker’s tone of voice.

3. Read the Listening Strategy. Then listen to extracts 1-6 and match them with text types a-f.

a an interview

b s story

a chat between friends

d a joke

e a play

a review

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a 4   b 3   c 1   d 2   e 6   f 5

Transcript

1

A Hey, forgot to tell you ___ Joe and Anna are moving – to Paris!

B Really? Isn’t that a bit sudden? How did that happen?

A His company offered him a job out there. They’re going for at least a couple of years.

2

The girl said to the boy, ‘You would be a good dancer, except for two things. And the boy asked, ‘What two things?’ And the girl answered, ‘Your feet.’

3

And then the wicked witch cast a spell over the princess which put her to sleep for a hundred years. She lay in a glass casket with roses growing round her and people named her Sleeping Beauty.

4

I’d like you to tell me a little about your current job, Ms Harker.

Certainly. For the past two years I’ve been employed as a designer for a clothing company in London called ___

5

The one good thing about this film’s where it is set. The backstreets of Rome provide a dark, atmospheric backdrop to the action. It’s unfortunate that the action itself is rather far-fetched at times.

6

A You rang, milord?

B I did, Milton. Has there been any message from Lady Honoria today?

A I’m afraid not, milord.

B Are you sure, Milton?

A Quite sure, milord. Were you expecting something?

B It’s of no importance, Milton. You may go back to your duties.

A Very good, milord.

4. Listen to the beginnings of four texts. Who is speaking? Match text types 1-6 with people A-F. There are two extra people.

A entertainer

B media presenter

C friends

D student and professor

E colleagues

F tourist guide and tourist

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1 D   2 C   3 B   4 F

Transcript

1

Good morning, Ms White. Please take a seat.

Thank you.

I’ve studied your application form in detail. Perhaps you would like to tell me in your own words why you would like to study at this college.

2

A How do you think they’re going to get on in San Francisco?

B Great, probably. Why? Do you not think so, Stella?

A Well, what’s Maria going to do out there?

3

A British comedian has announced his intention to perform on tour around the world – and not just in English. This popular show will be performed in 28 countries.

4

A Erm ___ excuse me?

Can I help you?

A Can you tell me where the bus stop is for the London Eye?

5. Listen to the four texts in full and choose the correct answers (a-c).

In text 1, what is the student particularly enthusiastic about?

The chance to study science using a foreign language.

The challenge of learning new vocabulary quickly.

Opportunities to improve her French outside of her lessons.

In text 2, what is Stella’s main worry about her friends?

That they won’t be able to find work in the USA.

That Joe won’t understand Maria’s problems.

That Maria will not be happy in the USA.

In text 3, why is the comedian planning to do shows abroad?

To help people abroad improve their English.

To show that London is home to the best comedians.

To show that English comedians can speak other languages too.

In text 4, what is the woman doing?

She’s selling tickets for the London Eye.

She’s giving advice on London attractions.

She’s offering guided tours.

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1 b   2 c   3 c   4 b

Transcript

1

A Good morning, Ms White. Please take a seat.

B Thank you.

A I’ve studied your application form in detail. Perhaps you would like to tell me in your own words why you would like to study at this college.

B It appears to me that the courses offered are the ones most suitable for interests. I’m keen to pursue a career in the sciences, but I would also like to continue language studies. The biology with French course seems to offer me just that. What’s more, it’s the only course that offers biology in French. Other courses keep these areas separate. But to be able to study the sciences through the medium of another language would be a wonderful opportunity.

A And how do you think you might get on with that?

B Well, I should imagine it won’t be easy, especially at first. There’ll be a lot of new vocabulary to acquire at the beginning, I’m sure. And to learn new things in a language that isn’t your mother tongue will always provide challenges. However, I’m confident that I can rise to the challenge and I’ll do extra work, if necessary, to achieve the level I need.

A Indeed. What do you currently do to practise French outside of your school studies?

B I have conversation classes with Veronique, a French teacher who lives in town. And I have a penfriend, Helène, who I correspond with, and who I’m visiting again this summer. We’ve been friends for a few years now and I know her family really well. They always speak French to me, even though their English is really good.

I see. Thank you. Moving on to your expected grades ___

2

How do you think they’re going to get on in San Francisco?

Great, probably. Why? Do you not think so, Stella?

Well, what’s Maria going to do out there?

I don’t know. She’ll have to give up her current job, I suppose.

She won’t like that! She loves her work. And her friends. You know how shy she is. Don’t you think she’ll struggle a bit in the States?

B Well, anywhere new is difficult at first. But I’m sure America will be easier than most places. It’s not like we don’t see it on the TV every day.

A Watching American dramas is not quite the same as actually living there!

B Well, obviously, Stella! But what I’m saying is that it’s not like it’s a completely alien culture.

A Well, I think it’ll be more difficult for them than you think. Especially if only one of them has got a job in the beginning. Joe will have to be pretty understanding, or Maria will want to get the next flight home.

Gosh, you’re being a bit negative about a wonderful opportunity, aren’t you?

No, just realistic. I’m going to phone Maria and see how she really feels about it.

Well, please sound a bit enthusiastic!

OK, OK.

3

A British comedian has announced his intention to perform on tour around the world, and not just in English. This popular show will be performed in 28 countries. The comedian intends to perform in several different languages during the tour. He is by no means fluent in all of these languages, although he has already performed shows in French and German. He said, ‘It’s a very positive thing to do.’ He thought that London was a great place for comedy, but he also wanted to communicate in other countries. He felt that people who speak English are just lazy when it comes to learning foreign languages. Although there were lots of reasons for other people to learn English, he suggested that for English speakers to learn a foreign language, they had to make it into an adventure and a mission. He felt it was important to translate his show because comedians from other countries already perform in English. He said that laughter is the best way to tell if you are getting the translation right. He continued, ‘If you are getting laughs in the wrong place or no laughs at all, then that’s the time you call a friend.’

4

A Erm ___ excuse me?

B Can I help you?

A Can you tell me where the bus stop is for the London Eye?

B You can get the guided tour bus that stops there, but it’s actually easier to walk from here than it is to get the bus. If you go this way, you can walk across the Golden Jubilee Bridge and it’s a short walk from there.

A Ah, OK. Thanks. Yes – that’s the South Bank, isn’t it?

That’s right. There’s lots to do there. There’s the London Aquarium, or the IMAX cinema ___

A And I think the London Dungeon is on the South Bank?

Yes, that’s right it’s next to the aquarium.

A And how much is it to do those things?

It’s £23.50 for the aquarium – though it’s cheaper if you buy online the day before. So if you’re free tomorrow, you can save some money.

A Thank you. What about the London Dungeon?

That’s £22.95

A Hmm ___ It’s quite expensive.

There’s lots to see and do on the South Bank that’s free, though. There are markets and street performances, and there’s always a really nice atmosphere.

A OK, I think I’ll go over there now and have a look. Thanks for your help.