Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear two friends talking about a new cafe in town.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   It has just opened.

        B   The choice of food is too simple.

        C   She thinks it will be successful.

9   You will hear two friends talking about litter.

        They both agree

        A   there aren’t enough street cleaners.

        B   people drop litter without thinking.

        C   people should tidy up litter in their street.

10   You will hear a woman telling a friend about a new car.

        What does she say about it?

        A   She has seen one she likes in town.

        B   A colleague has a similar car.

        C   She plans to drive to work.

11   You will hear two friends talking about a website they use.

        They both think

        A   it can be difficult to choose a date or time.

        B   it’s cheaper if you book immediately.

        C   you get the tickets very quickly.

12   You will hear two friends talking about a photography competition.

        The man’s brother

        A   gets permission before using a photo.

        B   has strangers asking him to take a photo of them.

        C   has never deleted a photo.

13   You will hear two friends talking about the man’s birthday.

        What does he say about the morning?

        A   He usually has breakfast in bed.

        B   His son got up late.

        C   His son and daughter were laughing and joking.

Answer & Audioscript

8 C   9 B   10 C   11 B   12 A   13 B


8   You will hear two friends talking about a new café in town.

Man:   I’ve just been into the shopping centre. There’s a new cafe by the station.

Woman:   Yes, I know. I went there last week. I think it opened some time ago actually.

Man:   I only looked through the window. It looks really nice.

Woman:   Yes, it’s nice and bright and the staff are really helpful. It’s simple fast food. People might just want to grab something to eat before they catch a train, so it should do well.

Man:   OK, I’ll go in and try it next time I’m in town.

Now listen again.

9   You will hear two friends talking about litter.

Man:   Have you seen all that litter blowing around in the street outside?

Woman:   I know. It looks awful, doesn’t it?

Man:   I don’t know what we pay our taxes for. Why aren’t the street cleaners out there tidying up?

Woman:   I know, but people don’t seem to think about dropping litter. We shouldn’t expect there to be a street cleaner running around behind everyone tidying up their rubbish.

Man:   Yes, I suppose you’re right. But it does look so messy and someone needs to keep the streets clean.

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10   You will hear a woman telling a friend about a new car.

Man:   Well done! I hear you’ve passed your driving test. Congratulations!

Woman:   Yes, I’m thinking about buying myself a nice little car now.

Man:   Really? What kind are you looking for?

Woman:   Nothing too expensive, that’s for sure. A small one to drive around town. At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to use it to go to the office, but I might car-share with a colleague to save on petrol.

Man:   That’s a good idea. Just make sure you find someone you like to talk to in the morning!

Now listen again.

11   You will hear two friends talking about a website they use.

Man:   You travel a lot by train, don’t you? Do you book your tickets online?

Woman:   Yes, I use Train Track. It’s my favourite site when I need to book anything.

Man:   Yes, me too. Some sites make it difficult to choose times and dates but that’s never a problem on that site.

Woman:   I know. But have you noticed that sometimes the price of tickets goes up if you don’t order straightaway? If you search the same journey later, it’s more expensive.

Man:   Yes, I’ve noticed that too.

Now listen again.

12   You will hear two friends talking about a photography competition.

Woman:   I heard about your brother winning that photography competition – that was very good.

Man:   I know. His photos are amazing.

Woman:   What kind of photos does he take?

Man:   The prize was for his photos of strangers in the street.

Woman:   Are people happy for him to take their photo?

Man:   He takes it first and then shows it to them on his camera. He always tells them what it’s for and unless they ask him to delete it, he uses it. He says that people rarely complain. Some of them ask him to email them a copy.

Now listen again.

13   You will hear two friends talking about the man’s birthday.

Woman:   Happy birthday, Michael. Have you had a nice day?

Man:   Yes, it’s been wonderful. Everyone has been so kind.

Woman:   Did the kids get you anything nice?

Man:   My daughter got up early and made me breakfast in bed. Toast and a cup of coffee.

Woman:   That must have been lovely.

Man:   It was. I’m certainly not used to that. My son was supposed to help but he forgot and woke up late. But he heard us laughing and joking and joined us when I was opening my presents.

Now listen again.

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear an interview with a woman called Sally Wainwright, who recently started singing classes.

20   Sally explained that

        A   people kept telling her to try something different.

        B   she didn’t enjoy art classes.

        C   she had never been to a singing class.

21   Sally wanted to sing because

        A   her husband wanted her to.

        B   her mother told her she would love it.

        C   she didn’t want to feel embarrassed about singing.

22   What does Sally say she likes about the group?

        A   The people are very kind.

        B   You don’t need to show you can sing well to join.

        C   You only sing on your own if you want to.

23   What does Sally say about the first session?

        A   She had problems with her car.

        B   She felt better after talking with the organiser.

        C   She was asked to stand at the back.

24   Since she has been singing with the group

        A   Sally now sings with her children.

        B   Sally has achieved all her goals.

        C   Sally is more confident about singing on her own.

25   What does Sally say about singing?

        A   It can make you physically stronger.

        B   She is sure it is good for her health.

        C   She ends a session feeling cheerful.

Answer & Audioscript

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


Interviewer:   I’m speaking with Sally Wainwright, who recently started singing classes. What made you decide to do that, Sally?

Sally:   Well, I’d reached a time in my life when I wanted to do more, to meet new people, to try something different. I’d been to art classes, which were OK, and keep fit, which I hated. Singing classes were something I’d always wanted to try but never had the confidence to start.

Interviewer: Why was that do you think?

Sally:   I always felt uncomfortable singing, even with my family. For example, going on holiday, my husband and children would sing along to the radio, but I never joined in. My mum had a great voice. I loved listening to her singing while she was cooking. I wanted to be able to do the same without feeling silly.

Interviewer:   Was it easy to find a class?

Sally:   Yes, a friend told me about one locally. I was worried I’d have to pass a test of some kind before they let me join but anybody was welcome, and you didn’t need to prove how good your voice was. You just turned up for a practice session with other people. That was the best bit about it. We all sing together, not on our own.

Interviewer:   So how did you feel in that first session?

Sally:   Well. I was so worried before the session I nearly turned the car round and went home. People were already there waiting to start and, one of the organisers turned up. We talked about my reasons for coming along and, well, she gave me the confidence to give it a try. I found a space at the back of the group and just sang with everyone else.

Interviewer:   So, has it helped you become more confident?

Sally:   Absolutely, yes. Being in a group means you can sing without feeling silly. I’ve never been asked to sing on my own and I’m not sure how I’d feel if they did ask me, but now I join in with the kids when there’s a good song on the radio. It’s great to know I’ve achieved one of the goals I had when I started.

Interviewer:   So, would you recommend we all do something similar?

Sally:   Definitely. It’s a great confidence builder, you’ll make friends, and it’s good for your health. There are supposed to be physical benefits from singing – something to do with increasing the oxygen levels, which makes us feel happier – I’m not sure about all that but I do know I always go home in a good mood.

Now listen again.

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