This is the recording for unit 3A’s listening comprehension exercise. You can find the key below.
1.- Sam likes his job, but Marcia doesn’t
2.- Sam has to deal with some very difficult people and has to put up with some idiots. Marcia thinks managing a hotel is quite stressful and doesn’t like people complaining all the time. She can’t stand it when people steal things. Also either she or her husband has to be at the hotel and it’s very hard to get a holiday together.
b) & c)
SAM 1e) 2a) 3d) 4g)
MARCIA 5c) 6f) 7h) 8b)
This is the recording from unit 2D. This unit’s focus is on expressions to give and ask for advice and how to show concern.
- F (She thinks her husband works too hard)
- F (He thinks she is spending too much on things for the house and their children)
- F (She thinks Lorna and Andy both need a night off)
This is the recording from unit 2C’s exercise 3.
3. 1.- more 2.- 30% 3.- one and a half hours 4.- more 5.- the same amount 6.- a few hours
- People went to sleep when it got dark and got up when it got light
- Older people
- They organise information they’ve collected during the day
- A place where you can go for a quick nap during the day (THEY DON’T EXIST, THOUGH)
This is the recording from unit 1C’s listening comprehension exercise. The KEY is at the end of the post.
a) Mike does yoga – Anne goes to a health club – Sally paints watercolours – Jeremy sits in front of the TV
b) Mike: every morning when he gets up – Anne: 2 or 3 times a month – Sally: Every Sunday – Jeremy: 6 nights a week
This is the recording from unit 1A. Remember that the recording script is on page 156.
As you know, the vocabulary we’ve been studying in the past few days dealt with health issues, that is, symptoms, illnesses, and treatments. I’ve always believed that any given topic has a song about it and that’s why I’m writing about health (and its counterpart).
To begin with, there’s a band whose name comes in handy: The Cure. I’m not a great fan myself, so I don’t have a clue whether they speak about health or not, but their name is more than enough so far.
When it comes to songs, well, that’s easier. The thing is that singers don’t really write about flu, a cough, or even hepatitis. No. It’s love and broken hearts what’s more sung and written about (even cried about). From Bonnie Tyler’s It’s a heartache (just for its title) to Bon Jovi’s Bad Medicine.
And let’s not forget Robert Palmer’s Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
Lack of sleep can also be a good cause for feeling unwell, isn’t it? As in I’m so tired, by The Beatles
Hope you like the songs and learn a lot from them.
You can find here a list of links to test your listening & reading skills. I’ll be updating the list as often as possible, so check it out from time to time. Remember that for the University of Cambridge, B1 stands for PET. That means that if you’re looking for B1 tests you should need to know that it is PET tests.
That’s all for now. If you have any question, feel free to send me an email and I’ll answer asap.
These listening comprehension and speaking exercises deal with health issues.
A. 1.- a: cough b: headache c: sore eyes 2.- b: two c: two d: 24 e: eight f: 1 or 2 g: twice
C. 1.- 2: c 3: d 4: a 5: e
2.- Ali: lemon Seiji: Chines radish, honey Ana: garlic
3.- b: hot c: lemon d: sore throat e: carrot f: juice g: drink h: water i: half hour j: 2 k: 3