Listening task 1: How about you?

A Listen. People are meeting at a party for the first time. What do they ask?
Circle the correct answers.

Kent and Lisa

1  a. How about you?

    b. How are you?

2  a. What kind of music do you like?

    b. Do you like this music?

3  a. What do you do?

    b. What’s your name?

Lisa and Carlos

1  a. Are you a student?

    b. What are you studying?

2  a. Where do you study?

    b. What do you do?

3  a. Do you live here?

    b. Do you like living here?

4  a. Where are you from?

    b. Where are you going?

Answer & Audioscripts

Kent and Lisa

1 a   2 a   3 b

Lisa and Carlos

1 a   2 b   3 b   4 a


Kent and Lisa


Kent:   This is a good party and the music’s great. I really like jazz. How about you?

Lisa:   Jazz is OK, but it’s not my favorite.


Kent:   Oh, yeah? Well, what kind of music do you like?

Lisa:   Well, rock’s my favorite, but I like all kinds of music.


Kent:   By the way, my name’s Kent Adams. I don’t think we’ve met. What’s your name?

Lisa:   I’m Lisa. Lisa James. It’s nice to meet you.

Kent:   Nice to meet you, too.

Lisa and Carlos


Lisa:   This is a really nice party.

Carlos:   Yeah, I’m enjoying it.

Lisa:   By the way, my name’s Lisa.

Carlos:   Nice to meet you, Lisa. I’m Carlos.

Lisa:   So, Carlos. Are you a student?

Carlos:   Yes, I am. I’m studying English here.


Carlos:   How about you, Lisa? What do you do?

Lisa:   I’m a student, too. I’m studying art.


Lisa:   This is a great place to study. Do you like living here?

Carlos:   Oh, yes, l do. I love it! I’m from a small town, so I really like living in a city.


Lisa:   Oh, really? Where are you from?

Carlos:   I’m from Spain.

Lisa:   Oh! I visited Spain on a school trip once. What a beautiful country!

B Listen. Imagine you are talking to Lisa. What is your part of this conversation?
Check (✓) your answers.

Yes, I’m having fun, too.

   ◻ Yes, I do.

I am, too.

   ◻ I’m (your name).

Yes, my friends are here.

   ◻ I’m from (your hometown).

I study a lot.

   ◻ I’m a student.

Yes, I do.

   ◻ Yes, I am.

Yes, I do.

    I like jazz, too.

Answer & Audioscripts

1 Yes, I’m having fun, too.

2 I’m (student’s name).

3 I’m from (student’s hometown).

4 I’m a student.

5 Yes, I do.

6 Yes, I do.



Lisa:   This party is a lot of fun. I’m having a great time. How about you?


Lisa:   By the way, I don’t think we’ve met. My name’s Lisa. Lisa James. What’s your name?


Lisa:   I’m studying art here. I’m from Vancouver. How about you? Where are you from?


Lisa:   Oh, really? That’s cool. So, what do you do? Do you work, or are you a student?


Lisa:   Oh! Just like me! Do you like living here?


Lisa:   Well, I guess the band is getting ready to play again. I really like their music. How about you? Do you like it?

Listening task 2: Around the world

A Listen. There are many ways to greet people around the world.
Match each greeting with two places.

___ Brazil

___ India

___ Japan

___ Jordan

___ Russia

___ Saudi Arabia

___ South Korea

___ Thailand

Answer & Audioscripts

1 a bow: Japan and South Korea

2 a hug: Brazil and Russia

3 the salaam: Jordan and Saudi Arabia

4 the namaste or wai: India and Thailand

Audioscripts in B below

B Listen again. Are the statements true or false? Check (✓) the correct answers.




1. In Japan and South Korea, people bow to show respect.

2. In Brazil, people usually kiss when they greet friends.

3. People often say “Health be with you” when they use the salaam in the Middle East.

4. The nama­ste or wai also means “Good morning.”

Answer & Audioscripts

1 true   2 true   3 false   4 False


 a bow

Man:   Bowing is the traditional way of greeting in Northeast Asian countries like Japan and Korea. This picture, for example, shows how Japanese women bow. In Japan, when you bow, you don’t look directly at the other person’s eyes. In both Japan and Korea, people bow to show respect.

 a hug

Woman:   When good friends meet in Russia, they often hug each other. This is true for both men and women. But Russia isn’t the only place where friends hug. In Brazil, for example, friends also hug each other when they greet. In Brazil, a hug is called abraço. When you hug someone, you usually give the person a light kiss on the cheek, too.

 the salaam

Man:   The salaam is a greeting from the Middle East and is used in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab countries. It is most popular with older people. To give a salaam, first touch your heart, then your forehead. Then move your hand up, away from your head. When people use this greeting, they say, “Peace be with you.”

4   the namaste or wai

Woman:   People in India and Thailand use a different kind of greeting. It is called the namaste in India, and in Thailand it is called the wai. To do the wai, you put your hands together high in front of your chest, and you bow slightly. It is a way of greeting. It also means “thank you” and “I’m sorry.”

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