Taking part

Taking part

Taking part


•A Interviewer's questions


Read the two conversations and put the interviewer’s questions in the appropriate blanks.
- So it wouldn’t matter if you didn’t play for, say, two weeks?
- Isn’t that dangerous?
- Why not? Two weeks isn’t a very long time.


- People do get trapped, though, don’t they?s2
- So it’s really important to you? You can’t live without it?
- Potholing?
Carmen
HUSBAND: She spends all her time potholing.
a INTERVIEWER: ............................................................................................................................
HUSBAND: Yes. I call it crawling through underground
caves on your hands and knees.
b INTERVIEWER: ............................................................................................................................
HUSBAND: Well I think it is and I’ve begged her to stop
but she says she can’t. She’s obsessed by it and that’s the truth.


s2-2

CARMEN: It’s not that dangerous.
С INTERVIEWER: .............................................................................................»......».......................
CARMEN: Well yes, but I’ve been potholing for ten years
now and I’ve never had any trouble.
Marcus
MARCUS: Yes, it’s true, I do like playing golf very much.
d INTERVIEWER: ....................................................................................................................
MARCUS: Oh no, I’m not addicted to it or anything. It’s
something I do just for fun.
e INTERVIEWER: ............................................................................................................................
MARCUS: Two weeks? You can’t be serious.
f INTERVIEWER: ..................................................................................*.........................................
MARCUS: Not a long time? You’re joking. I begin to feel really unhappy if I don’t have a round of golf about twice a week. Oh dear. 1 suppose that means I am a bit of an addict, doesn’t it!

 

Listen to Track 32 and speak Carmen and Marcus’ lines. If you need help with your pronunciation, listen to the original conversations on Track 11.

 

 

Track 32

 

Carmen

 

HUSBAND; She spends all her time potholing.

 

Beep

 

HUSBAND: Yes. I call it crawling through underground caves on your hands and knees.

 

Beep

 

HUSBAND: Well I think it is and I’ve begged her to stop but she says she can’t. She’s obsessed by it and that’s the truth.

 

CARMEN: It’s not that dangerous.

 

Beep

 

CARMEN: Well yes, but I’ve been potholing for ten. years now and I’ve never had any trouble.

 

Marcus

 

MARCUS: Yes, it's true, I do like playing golf very much.

 

Beep

 

MARCUS: Oh no, I’m not addicted to it or anything. It’s something I do just for fun.

 

Beep

 

MARCUS: Two weeks? You can’t be serious.

 

Beep

 

MARCUS: Not a long time? You’re joking. I begin to fee! really unhappy if 1 don’t have a round of golf about twice a week.

 

Oh dear. 1 suppose that means I am a bit of an addict, doesn’t it!

 

 

Keys:

 

Speaking 2

A

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a Potholing?
b Isn’t that dangerous?
с People do get trapped, though, don’t they?
d So it’s really important to you? You can’t live without it?
e So it wouldn’t matter if you didn’t play for, say, two weeks?
f Why not? Two weeks isn’t a very long time.

В

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a And I get a real kick out of it.
b Yeah. It’s great when you see an engine you’ve never seen before,
с The only downside is that it can be pretty cold just standing on a station platform all day. They’re some of the windiest places on earth.
d No, not realty. Not if you’re careful, especially about your equipment,
e Sometimes, a little, but you get that rush of adrenaline, it’s just wonderful!
f No, well it’s not for everybody, obviously. But it really turns me on. It still does, even though I’ve been doing it for four years now. it’s just that feeling of surfing the sky, plunging through the air. I just can’t get enough of it, frankly.

С

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a horoscope
b sometimes
с conversation
d doing

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e university
f Internet

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g used

4

h palms
i believed
j upside
к convinced
1 future
m crystal balls

5

n stars

2

a 3
b 2
с 4
d 5
e 1

D
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1 d
2 f
3 a
4 b
5 e
6 с
7 h
8 i
9 g

E
2
a 5
b 4
c 7
d 8
e I
f 6
g 3
h 2


► There are more activities related to the interviewer’s questions in Listening 6 on page 18. 

 

Interviewees' replies

 

1 Read the two conversations and put the interviewees’ answers in the appropriate blanks.

 

- And I get a real kick out of it.
- No, not really. Not if you’re careful, especially about your equipment.
- No, well it’s not for everybody, obviously. But it really turns me on. It still does, even though I’ve been doing it for four years now. It’s just that feeling of surfing the sky, plunging through the air. I just can’t get enough of it, frankly.
- Sometimes, a little, but you get that rush of adrenaline, it’s just wonderful!
- The only downside is that it can be pretty cold just standing on a station platform all day. They’re some of the windiest places on earth.
- Yeah. It’s great when you see an engine you’ve never seen before.
Jack
JACK: People call us nerds in anoraks, I know, but we aren’t doing anybody any harm. INTERVIEWER: Well no. a JACK: .....................................................................................................................
INTERVIEWER: You do?

b JACK: ......................
INTERVIEWER: I’ll take your word for it.

с JACK: .....................................................................
INTERVIEWER: Yes, I imagine they are.
Ellie
INTERVIEWER: Isn’t what you do really dangerous?
d ELLIE: ......................................................*.........................................
INTERVIEWER: But don’t you ever get scared? I know I would be.
e ELLIE: ..................................................................................................................................
INTERVIEWER: I don’t think I’d be very keen,

f ELLIE: .................................................................................

 

2 Listen to Track 33 and speak Jack and Ellie’s lines. If you need help with your pronunciation, listen to the original conversations on Track 11.


► There are more activities related to these interviews in Listening 6 on page 18.
С Cynic and believer (1)
Internet believed
palms conversation
sometimes convinced
stars crystal balls
university doing
upside future
used horoscope
Taurus April 20-May 20
Gemini May 21 -June 21
Cancer June 22-July 22
© Leo July 23-August 22 <D
' Complete the following utterances with words from the box.
Aries March 21 -April 19
1 But why? It’s all junk. Look I could write you your (a)...............................now. Let’s see. ‘You are a person
who longs to be happy but (b) ............................you’re sad. You like to shine in (c) ................................but
sometimes it’s difficult for you.’ How am I (d)...............................so far?
2 He’s an American professor at some (e)...............................in the USA. I read an interview with him on the
(f)--
3 I (g)- _to, but that was before I listened to Ray Hyman talking about it.
4 Not really, no. I mean this Hyman guy started reading (h)...............................when he was a teenager and
people really liked it. They (i)...............................what he had to tell them. But then one day, just for fun he
read this woman’s palm (j)...............................down, backwards. And the thing was, the woman was more
(k)- _than ever that he was telling her really fantastic things about her life and her
(I)_. I mean it wouldn’t have mattered whether he’d used palms, cards, (m)...............................or
tea leaves. All he had to do was make it up.
5 Why not? Look do you believe the stuff in the papers about your (n) ..............................., you know
whether you’re a Taurus or a Scorpio or Aquarius or Pisces?
Now listen to Track 34. When you hear the beep, choose the correct utterance from Activity 1 above. Write the number here.
b...............................................
d .......................................................
e ................................................................
v Now listen to the first half of Track 14 to check your answer (or look at the ,j|^) answer key). Complete the following tasks.
a Listen to the track. Stop it after the woman says ‘That describes me perfectly’, b While you listen, underline any words the man uses which you find difficult to hear or pronounce, с Listen to Track 14 again. Pay special attention to the words you underlined, d Play Track 14 again. Read the man’s words aloud along with the speaker on the track
4 Go back and play Track 34. Speak the man’s words when you hear the beep ■ij'y* (Уои can pause the recording).
► There are more activities related to Cynic and believer in Listening 9 on page 6.
D Cyn ic and believer (2)
1 Read the following utterances (a-/). Listen to Track 35. When you hear the beep, (|Jchoose the correct utterance. Write the letter here. The first one is done for you.
a And people who bend spoons? And people who see flying saucers? Are they all lying? b How do you figure that one out? с I might.
d I think you’re just a big cynic. I mean what about people who have lived past lives, you know they can remember things from hundreds of years ago even though no one knows anything about those times? e No. Well I don’t think so. f OK mister Clever, what is it?
g Well if there isn’t any mystery in life, where’s the fun? h You know what I think? i You must be pretty unhappy.
1 ......d.......... 2 .................... 3 ..................... 4 .................... 5 ....................
6 .................... 7 ................... 8 .................... 9 .....................
£ Now listen to the second half of Track 14. Start after the man says ‘See? ,i)^ It’s easy.’ Stop Track 14 after the woman says ‘Well if there isn’t any mystery in life, where’s the fun?’ Complete the following tasks.
a While you listen underline any words the woman uses which you find difficult to hear or prononnce. b Listen to Track 14 again. Pay special attention to the words you underlined.
с Play Track 14 again. Read the woman’s words along with the speaker on the track.
a\v
3 Go back and play Track 35. Speak the woman’s words when you hear the beep. Try to do this in the time provided (but you can always
pause the recording if you need to).
► There are more activities related to Cynic and believer in Listening 9 on page 26.
E Eight bad waiter jokes!
1 There are a lot of jokes about restaurants. Read these jokes and decide which one you like best and why.
2 Read the following ‘punch-lines’ (the punch-tine is the last line of a joke - the one that makes people laugh).
a About three or four inches, if you’re lucky, madam. [ ] b Accidentally! I moved the lettuce and there it was. с Don’t worry, madam, it won’t shrink, d It looks like it’s swimming, sir. e No, sir, I always walk this way.
f No, sir, that’s a cockroach. The fly is on your steak. [ 1 g Thanks for your concern, sir, but it’s not that hot. [ J h We Serve anyone here, madam.
Listen to Track 36 and say the appropriate punch-line when you hear the beep. Write the number of the exchange in the brackets.

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