Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

 You will hear two friends talking about a film.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   It’s only suitable for young people.

        B   The director doesn’t usually make action films.

        C   It has already been on TV.

 You will hear two friends talking about someone the woman lives with.

        They think it would be a good idea

        A   to ask him to leave.

        B   to remind him to do the washing-up.

        C   to leave him a note of things to do.

10   You will hear a woman telling a friend about a holiday she is going on.

        How does she feel about it?

        A   She is worried it might be expensive.

        B   She doesn’t think she will be lonely.

        C   She doesn’t like doing long walks.

11   You will hear two friends talking about meeting a relation at the airport.

        To help the person find him, the man has decided

        A   to take a sign.

        B   to wear something colourful.

        C   to email her when she arrives.

12   You will hear two friends talking about getting to the train station.

        The man thinks

        A   the bus will take a long time.

        B   a taxi is too expensive.

        C   the train will be late.

13   You will hear two friends talking about a new laptop.

        What does the man say about the old one?

        A   He took it to work for a while.

        B   It was slow to start.

        C   It stopped working.

Answer & Audioscript

8 B   9 A   10 B   11 B   12 A   13 A


8   You will hear two friends talking about a film.

Man:   So, Storm Cloud. You saw the film last night, didn’t you?

Woman:   Yes, me and lots of teenagers all excited about seeing their action heroes. I enjoyed it! I think anyone would like it, whatever their age – lots of action, an exciting plot, a happy ending.

Man:   It’s quite a change for the director isn’t it? An action film, I mean.

Woman:   Yes. This is his first attempt at a film like this – he’s mainly worked on TV programmes.

Now listen again.

9   You will hear two friends talking about someone the woman lives with.

Man:   I hear you’re still having a problem with the new person in your flat?

Woman:   Yes, his name’s Steve. He doesn’t do anything to keep the place tidy. He refuses to do any washing-up and never offers to cook. He says he just forgets to do things and that I should leave a note to remind him of jobs that need doing.

Man:   I think you should ask him to find somewhere else to live.

Woman:   Well, I didn’t really want to do that, but I think you’re right. He’s never going to change.

Now listen again.

10   You will hear a woman telling a friend about a holiday she is going on.

Man:   So, are you looking forward to your holiday next week?

Woman:   Yes, I really am. I’ll be leaving next Friday. I booked it just in time before the price went up.

Man:   You’re very brave to go on your own, aren’t you? Won’t you feel a bit lonely?

Woman:   Well, I’ll be visiting friends once I’m there and they’ve promised to introduce me to their friends, so I don’t think that will be a problem. I’m hoping to do some long walks in the countryside if the weather isn’t too bad.

Now listen again.

11   You will hear two friends talking about meeting a relation at the airport.

Man:   Yes, so I’m meeting my cousin at the airport. Her plane arrives at about 9.00. I can’t wait to see her for the first time and find out what she’s like.

Woman:   You’ve never seen each other before? How are you going to recognise each other?

Man:   Well, I was going to take a sign so that she could find me in the crowds, but everybody carries them, don’t they? So, I’ve decided I’m going to wear something colourful instead. I haven’t told her yet, so I need to send her an email.

Now listen again.

12   You will hear two friends talking about getting to the train station.

Woman:   What time shall we leave for the station in the morning?

Man:   I was thinking about 9.00. That will give us time to catch the train.

Woman:   Shall I come to your house or will you come to mine?

Man:   Well, you’re nearer to the station so I could get the bus to you. But they take ages at that time in the morning and I’m worried we’ll be late and miss the train. It’s more expensive, but a taxi might be quicker. I can order it and come to you.

Woman:   OK. Let’s do that.

Now listen again.

13   You will hear two friends talking about a new laptop.

Man:   I see you’ve bought a new laptop.

Woman:   Yes, I’ve had the old one for years and I thought I’d get a newer model.

Man:   What do you think of it?

Woman:   It starts up really quickly, though to be fair the old one wasn’t that slow. But it’s so much lighter. I stopped taking the old one to work in the end as it was so heavy.

Man:   Oh, the new one sounds much better, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with it.

Now listen again.

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a man called Tom Walker, who is a personal trainer.

20   Tom explains that

        A   he is injured.

        B   he used to compete against other cyclists.

        C   he no longer cycles.

21   Tom thinks that

        A   people don’t train properly.

        B   he found it hard to push himself.

        C   his injury was a useful experience.

22   What does Tom say about his business?

        A   It’s difficult to get enough work.

        B   He doesn’t only train cyclists.

        C   There are some people he chooses not to help.

23   What does Tom say about using a gym for training?

        A   He prefers to use the gym.

        B   The gym can get too warm.

        C   People work harder in a gym.

24   Tom says that some customers

        A   don’t like being watched while they exercise.

        B   dislike early morning sessions.

        C   have training sessions before they go to work.

25   What does Tom think about the summer period?

        A   It is his busiest time.

        B   He has to take a holiday.

        C   It has advantages and disadvantages.

Answer & Audioscript

20 B   21 C   22 B   23 B   24 A   25 C


Interviewer:   On today’s programme I’m speaking to Tom Walker and finding out about being a personal trainer. Have you always done this Tom?

Tom:   Hello, no actually, it’s a long story but I was injured many years ago, which meant I had to stop a hobby that I loved: cycling. Stop is the wrong word really. I could cycle but I could no longer go in for competitions.

Interviewer:   So how did this lead to you becoming a trainer?

Tom:   Well, the reason for the injury was because I hadn’t trained properly for events. I pushed myself too hard and finally injured my ankle very badly. It was a lesson in how not to do a sport and I decided I wanted a job where I could help other people train and compete safely.

Interviewer:   Do you only train cyclists?

Tom:   No, not at all. I see lots of people who are cyclists, but in order to get enough work I made the choice that I would try to support anyone. I help quite a lot of runners and people who just want to get fit. People of all ages too. My youngest customer is 16 and my oldest is 73.

Interviewer:   Wow! Where do you hold your sessions?

Tom:   It depends on the weather and what the person prefers. When it’s dry and not too hot I simply meet them in the park and we do our exercises there. It’s often cooler than using the gym and people are able to push themselves for longer and harder before they feel uncomfortable.

Interviewer:   And of course, the park is free to use.

Tom:   It certainly is. Sometimes it’s not the right place to go though. Some customers feel a little shy or embarrassed about doing exercises in public. The sessions are sometimes early in the morning and you have people walking through the park going to work. So some customers prefer to meet in the gym.

Interviewer:   It sounds like a lot of fun. Are you busy?

Tom:   Definitely. I think people have become more concerned about their health and there’s a growing interest in keeping fit. Some months are busier than others. During the summer people go away on holiday. But I get a lot of customers before their holiday who want to get into shape for the beach, so this period can also be a good time for business.

Now listen again.

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