Listening task 1: Information

A Listen. People are talking about Italy. Which cities are they talking about?
Number the pictures from 1 to 4. (There is one extra picture.)

Answer & Audioscripts

1 Rome   2 Milan   3 Florence   4 Bologna

Audioscripts in B below

B Listen again. There is one mistake in each sentence. Cross out the incorrect words.
Then write the correct information.

1   Italy is most famous for its romance and horror movies.

2   This city is the best place to see the newest car designs.

3   In this city, the Boboli Gardens are next to the Pitti Palace.

4   The pasta sauce from this city has meat and mushrooms.

Answer & Audioscripts

 horror     comedy

 ear     fashion

 next to     behind

 mushrooms     tomatoes



Woman:   The capital of Italy is a very old and very famous city. Did you know that many movies are made in Italy? In fact, over one hundred movies a year are filmed in this old capital. Italian film is most famous for its romances and comedies. This city is a popular city for international films, too. Famous sites, such as the Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain, are favorite movie locations. One of the most popular films was the American hit Roman Holiday, made in nineteen fifty-three.


Man:   Every year, people travel to Italy to see the latest in clothing design. Italian designers are known around the world. ln Italy, this city is the best place to see the newest fashion designs. Each year, more and more people visit the city as fashion tourists. Tourists often buy expensive scarves, gloves, or ties for themselves and as gifts.


Woman:   If you’re interested in art, Italy is the place to go. Some of the most famous art museums in the world are located in Italy. This city has many museums where you can see famous paintings and sculptures. There are several famous art museums on the north side of the river Arno, and you’ll find the Pitti Palace just across the river. Also, don’t miss the Boboli Gardens, located behind the Pitti Palace.


Man:   Another great thing about Italy is, of course, the food. If you’re traveling in Italy, be sure to take a break often and try some of the delicious dishes. This city in particular has good food. It is famous for its pasta and its ice cream. The pasta sauce from this city – made with ground meat and tomatoes – is probably the most famous pasta sauce in the world.

Listening task 2: University life

A Listen. An Italian student is talking about university life in the U.S. and Italy.
What is he talking about? Check (✓) the topics. (There are two extra topics.)

birthday gifts

free-time activities



school schedules

a typical school day

Answer & Audioscripts

free-time activities, housing, school schedules, a typical school day

Audioscripts in B below

B Listen again. Where are these statements true? Check (✓) in Italy, in the U.S., or in both.


in Italy

in the U.S.

in both

1 have three months for summer vacation

2 eat lunch in the university cafeteria

3 meet for coffee in their free time

4 usually live at home with their parents

Answer & Audioscripts

1   Students have three months for summer vacation in the U.S.

2   Students eat lunch in the university cafeteria in both Italy and the U.S.

3   Students meet for coffee in their free time in both Italy and the U.S.

4   Students usually live at home with their parents in Italy.



Interviewer:   You’re from Italy, and you’re here in the U.S. now as an international student at Youngstown State. I’d like to ask you a few questions about the differences between university life in Italy and in the U.S.

Student:   OK, sure.

Interviewer:   All right. First, let me ask about the school schedule in Italy. Is it the same as in the U.S.? I mean, here in the U.S., a school year begins in September and ends in May.

Student:   Well, it’s not quite the same in Italy. Our lessons begin in October and they finish in July.

Interviewer:   I see. How long is the summer vacation, then? Two months?

Student:   Yes, that’s right. We just have a two-month summer vacation in Italy. American students are so lucky, they get three whole months for summer vacation.


Interviewer:   OK, next question. What’s a typical school day like in Italy?

Student:   For me, well, I usually get to school around seven-thirty if I have a class at eight. Then, if I have time, I check e-mail or read the newspaper before class. I usually have one or two classes in the morning and one in the afternoon. For lunch, it’s the same as it is here in the U.S. Students usually eat together with their friends in the university cafeteria. That’s where I eat every day when I’m in Italy and when I am in the U.S.


Interviewer:   OK. Next, I’d like to ask you about your free time. When you aren’t in class, what do you like to do? What kind of activities do you like?

Student:   Usually I meet with my friends after class, or on weekends. We go to the café, take breaks – coffee breaks. I’m happy my American friends like to meet for coffee, coo. There is a good café very close by, just around the corner from my university – just like in Italy, so I feel at home.


Interviewer:   That’s great. OK, finally, l have a question about university housing in Italy. A lot of students in the U.S. live in dorms or apartments and travel home to see their families during vacations. Is this the same in Italy?

Student:   No. In Italy every city has a university, so Italian students don’t have to move far away to attend university. Besides, I think it’s easier to live with my family. You know, I can eat with my family, do my laundry … I don’t know, it’s just easier. I can study better if I live at home.

Interviewer:   OK. That was my last question. I’d love to have a cup of coffee. Can you tell me where that café is?

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