Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear two friends talking about a play.

        What do they say about it?

        A   It was much better than they thought it would be.

        B   It went on for too long.

        C   The actors forgot what they were supposed to say.

9   You will hear a man telling a friend about his new phone.

        What does the man say about it?

        A   He finds it difficult to type messages on it.

        B   He can’t take good photos with it.

        C   He can’t get all his favourite apps on it.

10   You will hear two people talking about a train.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   It’ll be here in another ten minutes.

        B   It’s been involved in an accident.

        C   It won’t be arriving at the station.

11   You will hear two people talking about cinema tickets.

        The girl thinks that

        A   they are going to be late to meet their friends.

        B   their booking is later than she would have liked.

        C   the film is not as good as she had hoped.

12   You will hear two young people talking about a blog.

        The girl thinks the blog

        A   doesn’t recommend good places.

        B   doesn’t give accurate information.

        C   is very old-fashioned.

13   You will hear a girl telling a friend about her weekend.

        How does the girl feel about it?

        A   It was a bit boring.

        B   It made her feel very tired.

        C   It was nice and relaxing.

Answer & Audioscript

8 A   9 A   10 C   11 B   12 B   13 C


8   You will hear two friends talking about a play.

Man:   What did you think of the play last night?

Woman:   It was quite good, really. I was pleasantly surprised.

Man:   Me too! I didn’t expect to enjoy a play with no words. I thought it would be boring, to be honest. I wasn’t looking forward to sitting there for nearly two hours in complete silence! But it was amazing how the actors managed to show us exactly what was happening without saying anything.

Woman:   I agree. It just goes to show how much we express with our facial expressions and our body language. We can say a lot without actually speaking.

9   You will hear a man telling a friend about his new phone.

Woman:   Is that a new phone, John? It’s very smart.

Man:   Yes, it is. I’m still getting used to using it. I haven’t had this brand of phone before.

Woman:   Oh, you’ll soon get the hang of it. Has it got all the apps you need?

Man:   Yes, I think so. I don’t use that many apps, really. I mainly just take photos and chat to my friends. It’s got a good camera. The photos are lovely and clear. I just wish it was a bit easier to type on. The keys are so tiny. I’m always pressing the wrong letters, so my messages don’t always make sense!

Woman:   Oh, don’t worry. I do that all the time!

10   You will hear two people talking about a train.

Man:   What’s happened to the 10.30 to Manchester? It’s ten minutes late already.

Woman:   Oh, I just heard an announcement about it. Apparently there’s some kind of problem on the track between here and London.

Man:   Oh no. So it’s been delayed. Did they say what time it would be here? I hope it won’t be too long.

Woman:   Oh no, it hasn’t been delayed. Sorry, I should have been clearer. They said that the train won’t be coming at all. There’s no way for it to get through. It’s been cancelled.

Man:   Oh no! I don’t believe this! How on earth am I going to get to Manchester on time now?

11   You will hear two people talking about cinema tickets.

Girl:   Did you book tickets for the new film on Saturday?

Boy:   Yeah, but I couldn’t get any for the time we wanted. The 6.15 showing was sold out.

Girl:   Oh, I told Bill and Ramona to meet us there at 6.00.

Boy:   Ah. You’d better let them know that we won’t be going until later. Our tickets are for the 8.30 show.

Girl:   Oh, that’s pretty late. Didn’t they have any tickets for the afternoon screening?

Boy:   I didn’t check. Shall I try now?

Girl:   No, no. We’ll just keep the tickets we have. I hope this film is worth staying up late for!

12   You will hear two young people talking about a blog.

Boy:   Have you seen the review of last night’s concert on Jess’s blog?

Girl:   Oh, you’re not still reading her blog, are you? You can’t believe anything you read on there!

Boy:   Why not? It seems like a perfectly good blog to me. Plus she always recommends cool places.

Girl:   There’s a reason for that. She gets paid to write about those places!

Boy:   Oh, come on! Which blogs do you read, then?

Girl:   I don’t read any. But I buy magazines sometimes.

Boy:   That sounds so old-fashioned! I think you should give Jess’s blog another chance.

13   You will hear a girl telling a friend about her weekend.

Boy:   Hi, Emma. How was your weekend?

Girl:   Oh, it was wonderful! My cousin came to visit.

Boy:   That sounds fantastic! What did you guys do?

Girl:   Well, we did a bit of shopping, and we went to the beach. But mostly we just relaxed, reading books and enjoying the good weather. You’d have been terribly bored!

Boy:   Yeah, I do prefer more active weekend, but everyone’s different!

Girl:   Well, I needed the rest. School has been so busy with exams lately, and I felt tired. The weekend was just what I needed. Now I’ve got plenty of energy to get back to studying!

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear someone talking about an organization that takes young people on expeditions.

20   David has come on the radio programme to

        A   encourage more young people to go exploring.

        B   find some new and talented explorers.

        C   explain how to become an expedition leader.

21   What does David say about the young people who go on the expeditions?

        A   They must pay the whole cost of the expedition.

        B   They must have a good understanding of science.

        C   They must want to learn about the environment.

22   What is true about the summer expeditions?

        A   They are for young people aged over 18 only.

        B   They take place in one location.

        C   They can last up to a year.

23   What did the young people do on the most recent Arctic adventure?

        A   They studied the geography of the area.

        B   They took part in various adventure sports.

        C   They went camping without their leaders.

24   What is true about the Arctic competition?

        A   One lucky winner will join a group of environmentalists.

        B   The winners will have the chance to take part in adventure activities.

        C   The group will spend two months studying climate change.

25   How do people first enter the competition?

        A   by making a film about the Arctic

        B   by describing their previous experience of exploring

        C   by explaining their reasons for wanting to take part

Answer & Audioscript

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


Presenter:   Hello and welcome to the programme. Today, I’m talking to David Watts, who is leader of Youth Expeditions, which is an organization that gives opportunities to young people to explore different parts of the world. David is here to try to show us that going on expeditions is a challenge that all young people can take part in, not just the super fit and super confident. David, could you tell us first about what the organization does?

David:   Hello. Yes, we organize expeditions to different places and invite young people aged 16-20 to go on them at as low a cost as possible. Basically we provide a grant for about 75% of the total. The aim is to develop confidence and a sense of adventure, but we also work with scientists and environmentalists. Although we want people who are keen to learn, we don’t expect them to have expert scientific knowledge already.

Presenter:   How often do you organize expeditions?

David:   About three or four every year and they include month-long summer expeditions to the Arctic for those aged between 16 and 20. And then, for those over 18, there are our Arctic and desert gap-year expeditions.

Presenter:   Tell us about one of your most recent expeditions.

David:   This June, a group went to the edge of the Arctic Ocean. They went with seven leaders and a group of scientists. They cross-country skied to where they were camping and then went everywhere on foot. They took part in a series of scientific studies, investigating glaciers, rivers, plants and so on. It was a very interesting trip.

Presenter:   You also run competitions.

David:   That’s right. And for this year’s, three young explorers can win a place on our next expedition to the Arctic for which we’ll pay the whole cost. For two months they’ll live in tents and snow caves and will learn how to survive in the extreme cold. For part of the time they’ll work with environmentalists on the subject of climate change, but there will also be opportunities for mountaineering and cross-country skiing. It should be a lot of fun.

Presenter:   So how do people enter?

David:   Entrants should make a short film that gives information about themselves; why they are interested in going to the Arctic, and what they hope to get out of the experience. They should send this to us by post and we’ll choose a number of people to come for an interview. From those, we’ll decide who has won.

Presenter:   It sounds like an excellent opportunity and I wish our listeners luck with that.

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