Listening 1

Questions 8-13

For each question, choose the correct answer.

8   You will hear two people talking about a painting.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   She thinks the woman looks very sad.

        B   She thinks the woman is feeling relaxed.

        C   She thinks the portrait was very difficult to paint.

9   You will hear a woman telling a friend about her new bag.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   It’s smaller than her old bag.

        B   It’s doesn’t have enough pockets.

        C   She doesn’t know where she has put things in it.

10   You will hear two friends talking about a song.

        What does the man say about it?

        A   He wants to listen to it all the time.

        B   He wants to stop thinking about it.

        C   He wishes he was better at singing it.

11   You will hear two friends talking about swimming pool.

        The boy says that

        A   the pool was very busy.

        B   the pool isn’t big enough.

        C   the water in the pool was too cold.

12   You will hear a woman telling a friend about her weekend.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   She wishes there were more cars in the countryside.

        B   The air was cleaner than the air in the city.

        C   There are not enough buildings in the countryside.

13   You will hear two friends talking about a curry.

        What does the woman say about it?

        A   It was too spicy for her.

        B   It had a sour taste.

        C   The flavours were balanced.

Answer & Audioscript

8 B   9 C   10 B   11 C   12 B   13 B


8   You will hear two people talking about a painting.

Woman:   This is an amazing portrait, isn’t it? You feel as though the woman is really looking at you.

Man:   I know. She has a very interesting expression on her face, too. She looks as though she’s done something that she really regrets. It looks like she’s very sad, but she’s trying not to show it.

Woman:   Do you think so? I think she looks as though she’s just realized the answer to a difficult problem. She looks relieved and calm to me.

Man:   Oh well, that’s interesting. I wonder why we both have such different ideas about what she’s thinking. Maybe you’re a more positive person than I am!

9   You will hear a woman telling a friend about her new bag.

Woman:   Oh, where are my keys? I know I put them in my bag!

Man:   It’s a very smart bag.

Woman:   I know. I bought it last week. It looks great, but it drives me crazy because I can never find anything in it! I thought it would be better than my old bag because it’s bigger and it has so many useful pockets.

Man:   It certainly looks like there’s a pocket for everything.

Woman:   There is. But I can never remember which pocket I’ve put things in! I hope I’ll get used to it soon, or I’ll have to go back to using my little old bag!

10   You will hear two friends talking about a song.

Man:   Not that song again! I can’t get it out of my head. It seems to be playing everywhere I go at the moment. I can’t seem to escape it!

Woman:   I know. It’s really popular, isn’t it? It’s on every radio station, in every shop or café … I think it’s really catchy!

Man:   You can say that again. I keep singing it without realizing. I wish I could stop, but it’s like a disease!

Woman:   Haha! You’re funny. I’d love to hear you singing it.

Man:   Well, if I start, please pinch me. I really need to stop doing it!

11   You will hear two friends talking about swimming pool.

Girl:   Did you enjoy your swim this morning?

Boy:   Yeah, it was great. I feel really refreshed now. Hey, have you been to the new swimming pool?

Girl:   Yes, I went with Celia last Saturday afternoon. It was really busy, though. We could hardly find room to swim!

Boy:   Oh, it was lovely and quiet this morning. Next time, you should go early in the day – there was hardly anybody else there first thing this morning. The water was freezing, though! I nearly screamed when I jumped in! I had to swim really fast to warm up.

Girl:   Oh dear! That’s certainly one way to make people get fit!

12   You will hear a woman telling a friend about her weekend.

Man:   Did you have a good weekend, Sarah?

Woman:   Yes, thank you. I visited some friends in the countryside.

Man:   That sounds relaxing. It’s good to get out of the city sometimes, isn’t it?

Woman:   Yes, it was very peaceful and it’s wonderful to breathe clean air after all the pollution in the city. They live in a quiet village surrounded by fields and trees. Everything was so green. I found it a bit scary at night, though. When it gets dark in the countryside, it gets really dark. There are no street lights, or lights from cars and buildings.

Man:   I bet you had a fantastic view of the stars, though!

Woman:   That’s true. It was really beautiful.

13   You will hear two friends talking about a curry.

Man:   Did you enjoy that curry, Laura? I thought it was very tasty.

Woman:   What, really? I thought it was horrible! I left most of it on my plate; look.

Man:   Oh, was it too hot for you?

Woman:   No. I like spicy food! I just thought this curry had a terrible flavour. It tasted kind of sour to me. It was disgusting.

Man:   Hmm, that’s very strange because I loved it. For me, it had an excellent balance of flavours. I was tempted to get some more, to be honest.

Woman:   Well, you can have mine. I’m going to buy a sandwich or something because I’m still hungry.

Listening 2

Questions 20-25

For each question, choose the correct answer.

You will hear a man talking on the radio about clubs for young people.

20   The event at the wildlife centre is for

        A   children for any age.

        B   younger children and their parents.

        C   children on their own.

21   What does the reviewer say about the music club?

        A   The organizers provide all the music.

        B   It has been there for a long time.

        C   It may be possible to go there after the holidays.

22   What does the football club provide?

        A   lunch

        B   drinks

        C   a snack

23   At the Dance Academy,

        A   parents can learn new dance styles.

        B   children learn only modern dance.

        C   children learn new dances.

24   How is the keep-fit club different during the holidays?

        A   It’s only for teenagers.

        B   It’s on more often than usual.

        C   There’s more sport.

25   What is different about the FastFit Leisure Centre on the 16th of August?

        A   Everything is cheaper than usual.

        B   Nobody has to pay for anything.

        C   Some of the facilities will be closed.

Answer & Audioscript

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


Interviewer:   Welcome back! Charles Ryan is here to tell us about some great activities for children and young people this summer.

Charles:   Thank you! There are a lot of options for young people in the area at the moment. Nature Watch is on 25th July at the wildlife centre. It includes a talk about birds, an art and craft hour when children can draw and paint their own wildlife, and there’s also a wildlife walk with a guide. It’s for younger children aged between five and nine, and parents are asked to stay with their children.

Interviewer:   And what about older children?

Charles:   For children aged 12 and above, there’s the new music club. It’s on every week during the school holidays and if it’s successful, the organizers are thinking of continuing it in term time. Young people bring their music to the club, exchange information about musicians and listen to and talk about music. The organizers are also planning to invite a local band to play at the club.

Interviewer:   Excellent! Are there any sports clubs around?

Charles:   Yes, of course. There’s the football club, for young people who want to improve their game. There are two groups: ages 6-9 and 10-12. It’s on every morning for a week – that’s from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., so children should take snacks. They’ll be home in time for lunch. Drinks will be provided free of charge.

The Dance Academy is an excellent dance school that teaches ballet, jazz dance, ballroom – all kinds of dance styles, in fact. There will also be one-day courses for children aged 8+ in modern dance. The children learn new steps and routines during the course and show their parents what they’ve learned at the end of the day.

Keep Moving is a keep-fit club for teenagers. It’s on once a week, on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during term time, and during the school holidays, it will be on twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, at the same times. There will be all the usual activities including dance, team games and using the gym equipment.

Finally, FastFit Leisure Centre is having an open day on 16th August. Everything is free on this day and children of all ages can try all the facilities at the centre, including squash, tennis, basketball, diving and climbing.

Interviewer:   It sounds like there’s a lot to do! If you have any questions …

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