新世纪大学英语视听说教程3 Unit3-8 Lesson A, 2 Listening, Activity1-5听力原文

Unit 3, Lesson A, 2 Listening,Activity1-5

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A. Listen to Ellie and Lee's conversation. Circle the correct answers Lee: Hi, Ellie.

Ellie: Hi, Lee. How are you?

Lee: Good. Hey there. Brandon. He's so cute. And you're such a good mother.

Ellie: Thanks. Everyone says. "It's not always easy with your first child." You know, I agree with them.

Lee: How old is he now?

Ellie: He just turned two a month ago.

Lee: Oh, no… The "terrible twos." Right?

Ellie: Yep. It s so exhausting… for both of us!

Lee: Does he throw things around? And cry a lot more?

Ellie: Yes, exactly. Sometimes he hits me. I don't know. He was so well-behaved before.

Lee: It happens to most babies. They turn two and their personality changes.

Ellie: It sounds like you have some experience with "the terrible twos."

Lee: I certainly do. My children are five and eleven now. but I still remember when they were young.

Ellie: What can I do?

Lee: Well, remember that it will pass… it won't last forever. Try to be patient.

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B. Listen again. Cricle…

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A. Mandy is working…

Mandy: My homework assignment is too hard.

Mom: What is it?

Mandy: I’m doing an oral report on an accomplished woman. I chose Sadako Ogata. I have to present it to the class tomorrow.

Mom: Do you know the material?

Mandy: I think so.

Mom: OK, let’s practice. I’ll ask you some questions.

Mandy: OK.

Mom: All right then, just why is Sadako Ogata well known? Mandy: She worked for the United Nations as the High Commissioner on Refugees. She worked in that job for ten years and surervised

2,200 people.

Mom: Hmmm … What are refugees? I don’t know that word. Mandy: Mom. Come on, you know the word!

Mom: Honey, we’re practicing, remember? You have to really know that material.

Mandy: All right. Refugees are people who leave their countries to escape war or other problems.

Mom: Is the refugee issue a big problem?

Mandy: Yes. Worldwide there are now about 17 million refugees. Mom: Wow. Last question. Why did you choose Ms. Ogata for your report?

Mandy: She’s an incredible woman. She moved to the United States and received a PhD from UC Berkeley. She also got married and had two children. She’s really intelligent and I respect her.

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B. Listen again. Check…

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Listen to Mike…

Next year, I’m going to study abroad. I want to study business economics. It will help me in my career. When I’m 23, I may come home to look for a job. Most probably in a bank or an accounting firm. Working 4 to 5 years, I may have some savings for starting a family. At the age of 30, I’d like to be a father. If everything goes smoothly, I’ll retire at the age of 50 and travel worldwide.

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Listen to Kaithlyn’s…

Hi Jackie,

I’m so excited about visiting you! Here are the details. My plane arrives on Friday at 2 p.m. When I get to the airport, I’ll take a taxi, so I’ll arrive at your house at about 3:00. That evening, Jeff and Carol are taking us out for dinner at a nice restaurant. I really want to spend Saturday at the beach. I’m bringing my swimsuit and beach clothes. I looked at the weather forecast on the Internet. The weather is going to be sunny and beautiful. I’ll see you soon!


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Listen to a passage…

Celebrating life changes

In Mexico and some other Latin countries, girls mark their fifteenth

birthday with a celebration called the Quinceanera. In the morning, the birthday girl goes to the church with her family and her best friends. She wears a beautiful (and sometimes very expensive) dress. Later in the day, there is a huge party, with a big cake that matches the girl’s dress, and a night filled with music and dancing.

When older people in the United States retire, their friends and coworkers often give them a retirement party to celebrate this life change. On their last day of work, there is a big dinner, with entertainment afterward. People make speeches and tell jokes about the retiree. Guests like to give presents, such as an album of photos of the re tiree’s coworkers, or a homemade video of the retiree’s friends.

Becoming an adult is a very important life change, and Japan has a special holiday to celebrate this. The second Sunday in January is Coming-of-Age Day. On that day, everyone who had their twentieth birthday in the last year goes to their town’s City Hall for a special ceremony. Everyone dresses up, and many women wear beautiful kimonos. The mayor makes a speech and gives presents to all the new adults.

Some kids are afraid to start school, but six-year-olds in Germany can’t wait. For them, Schulanfang is a big holiday. To celebrate a child’s first day of school, parents or friends give the child a Zuckertuete, a big colorful cardboard cone filled with candy and little presents. People take pictures of kids holding their Zuckertuete, and there is a school party later for the parents, with cake and coffee. Audio Track 3-3-8

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B. Listen to the…

Coping with life’s stressors

by Dr. Judy Palmer

Let’s face it. Life is stres sful. Stressful events in our lives are called “stressors”. Some of them are minor, such as uncomfortable air conditioning or a loudly ringing telephone. Others are more serious, such as the death of a spouse. That event tops the list as life’s most stressful event.

You might be surprised to learn about the top 20 life stressors. Getting a divorce, for example, is number 2 on the list. And not all stressors are unhappy events. Pregnancy is a happy time for most families. It may also cause stress. Pregnancy is right below retirement on the list of life’s major stressors.

We can’t avoid stress, but we can do something about it. Listen to

three people talking about their responses to stress in their lives. Tina Vega, 16

Last year was horrible! My family moved to another town. I had to change schools and say good-bye to all my friends. It was really tough. I felt so lonely in my new school. But then one day I decided to enjoy my life: I smiled at everyone and I joined the soccer club at school. Now I have new friends. I like my new school.

Frederick Cho, 42

Life is unpredictable. Three weeks ago I lost my job. I was upset for the first week. I couldn’t do anything. Now I’m looking for a new job. It’s not good to sit around the house. I exercise every day and I’m h ealthier than I’ve been in years.

Hazel Greene, 80

My husband and I got married in 1950. He died five years ago. For the first two years I was depressed. I missed him so much because we did everything together. But now I’m feeling better. I think it’s important to stay active and positive. I read a lot and do volunteer work.

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Listen to the…

Let’s face it. Life is stressful. Stressful events in our lives are called “stressors”. Some of them are minor, such as uncomfortable air conditioning or a loudly ringing telephone. Others are more serious, such as the death of a spouse. That event tops the list as life’s most stressful event.

You might be surprised to learn about the top 20 life stressors. Getting a divorce, for example, is number 2 on the list.

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Listen to the…

Tina Vega, 16

Last year was horrible! My family moved to another town. I had to change schools and say good-bye to all my friends. It was really tough. I felt so lonely in my new school. But then one day I decided to enjoy my life: I smiled at everyone and I joined the soccer club at school. Now I have new friends. I like my new school.

Frederick Cho, 42

Life is unpredictable. Three weeks ago I lost my job. I was upset for the first week. I couldn’t do anything. Now I’m looking for a new job. It’s not good to sit around the house. I exercise every day and I’m healthier than I’ve been in years.

Hazel Greene, 80

My husband and I got married in 1950. He died five years ago. For the

first two years I was depressed. I missed him so much because we did everything together. But now I’m feeling better. I think it’s important to stay active and positive. I read a lot and do volunteer work.

Unit 4 Lesson A, 2 Listening,Activity1-5

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A. Listen and circle the best headline for the news story you hear. Female Newscaster(F): Well, Jim, our next story is a strange one, isn't it?

Male Newscaster (M): Yes, Irene, it sure is. It surprised everyone. Almost 200 people on a two-week holiday trip to Saint Martin became sick. They're calling it the "holidav cruise disease."

F:It sounds scary. What caused it?

M: The doctors aren't exactly sure, but they know it was something in the food the passengers ate.

F: OK, gwe us the details.

M: All right, here's the story: On Friday night, the ship departed around 10 p.m. with 300 passengers on board. By Sunday morning, some people reported feeling lightheaded. They stayed in bed. By that afternoon, more than half of the passengers had severe indigestion. Some of them got very sick. We spoke to one woman about her experience.

Woman: Everyone was complaining. My stomach hurt so much I couldn't eat anything. It was really terrible!

F: What's the situation now?

M: Well, the ship had to return home on Monday---- after only two and a half days at sea---- and most of the passengers went straight to the hospital then.

F: How are they doing now?

M: They're exhausted---- many haven't slept for 48 hours---- but they’re doing fine.

F: That's good news. It's too bad they couldn't enjoy their vacation. M: Yes, it is. And that’s the next problem. T he passengers are asking for their money back, but the company doesn't want to refund the full amount.

F: What's going to happen then?

M: Nobody knows. I'll keep following the story, though, and I'll have more details for you tomorrow.

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B. Listen again. Put the events in the order that they happened. Audio Track 3-4-4

C. Listen again and complete the summary with information you hear.

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A. Listen. What is Bill…

M: Are you finished packing?

B: Almost. I just have to check my tent one last time, I don’t want to forget any of the pieces.

M: Is that your first aid kit?

B: Yep.

M: Well, I see bandages and some aspirin, where’s everything else? B: Like what?

M: Well, your toothbrush and toothpaste for example.

B: Huh… I’ll put it in, don’t worry.

M: And where is your allergy medicine? You’ll need your nasal spray and some lozenges, just in case.


M: Are you going to pack any lotion? You know, you might touch some poison or something…

B: Mom! It’s only an overnight camping t rip.

M: OK. All right then. Oh, what about mouthwash? After you brush you teeth, you’re going to want to…

B: Mom! I’m not preparing for a date! I’m going on a camping trip, an overnight camping trip! I think I can live without mouthwash for 24 hours!

M: Al l right then. I was just trying to be helpful. I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

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B. Listen again. Check…

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C. Listen again and answer the questions.

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A. Listen to the conversation and choose the picture…

A: What’s wrong?

B: I feel exhausted. I didn’t sleep well last night.

A: Do you have a cold?

B: No, I’m fine. It’s Fred, he has the flu.

A: I’m sorry to hear that.

B: Yeah, it’s pretty bad. He can’t stop coughing. It keeps me awake at night.

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B. Listen to another person giving…

I stopped drinking coffee because I couldn’t sleep at night. It was had to break that habit, but now I sleep very well, and I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. If you want to stop drinking coffee, here’s some advice for you. Don’t stop drinking coffee suddenly. You might get a headache. Reduce the amount of coffee slowly. Drink juice or herbal tea instead. If you usually have coffee in the morning, go for a walk or do exercises instead. That will wake you up. And go to bed early! A lot of people drink coffee just because the feel tired.. Audio Track 3-4-10

A. Listen to the health talk…

Get in the habit

We all know that good habits bring in good health. But we don’t realize how much difference they can make. In the 1970s, scientists at the University of California, LA interviews seven thousand people about their health habits. Then they follow these people to see how long they lived. The scientist discovered that seven habits were closely linked with a longer life. These habits are:1. Eating breakfast everyday. 2. Avoiding snacks between meals.3. Keeping an ideal weight, not too heavy or too thin.4. Exercising regularly. 5. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night, not more or less.6. Not smoking.7. Drink two or fewer alcoholic drinks per day. The researchers found that these habits had a powerful effect on health. People in the study who had three or fewer of these habits lived another 21.6 years. People who had six or seven could expect to live another 33 years. People age 55 to 64 with all seven good habits were as healthy as younger people age 25 to 34 who practiced only one or two of the habits. But how do you change your habits? A slow approach is the best way. Make one small change every week and be patient, it takes about 21 days to form a new habit.

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B. Listen again. According to …

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Listen to the passage about…

Surprising syndromes of modem life

Margaret's friend is taking a new job in a faraway city. She wants to hold a farewell dinner party at her home. But she can't. Margaret suffers from CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Her apartment is messy and she's embarrassed by it. "I've never been a tidy person," she says. "My best friend gave me some good advice. He told me to get a maid." Today it's so easy to get

information--and lots of it. We receive telephone calls all day long. People expect a quick response to their faxes, text messages, and e-mail messages. For some people, it's too much. They have information fatigue syndrome. There is so much information, they become paralyzed and can't think clearly "I can't sleep at night because I worry," says Bahman, a college senior. "It's terrible." Hurry sickness is a straightforward name for another syndrome of modern life. "I'm always rushing. Get headaches a lot. Taking aspirin seems to help," says Mari, a mother of two and a part-time company employee. Do you engage in "deskfast" (eating breakfast at your desk at work) more than once a week? Then you, too, may suffer from hurry sickness! We've all complained about having too much work to do. Well, now about not having enough work?

Underload syndrome is caused by having little or nothing to do at the office. You have to pretend that you're working. Steven works as a project manager. "I can finish my work in about four hours, but I'm afraid to say anything about it. I don't want to be assigned too much work!" In severe cases, people with this syndrome can get very bored and even became depressed. Chances are you're experienced phone neck before. Another name for it would be "pain in the neck," because that's what people with this condition experience. Holding the phone between your neck and your ear for a long time causes phone neck. A good long message is the suggested treatment for this syndrome.

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Listen again. Then…

Unit 5, Lesson A, 2 Listening,Activity1-5

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Listen to the conversation…

C: Hello Kai, have a seat.

K: Hi, Ms. Danielson.

C: How's it going? Are you excited about graduating?

K: I guess so. But there's so much to do between now and then.

C: Well, let s talk about that--let me check your file here. So, what's new? Have you researched any colleges or universities?

K: Well, I researched three--like you told me to.

C: Good, good. Which ones?

K: Let's see ... California State University, Harvard University, and City College.

C: And?

K: Well, I applied to two: Harvard and City College. Cal State is just

too far away.

C: Sounds like you've been thinking about this seriously. That's good. K: Yep.

C: Any news yet?

K: Well, I got accepted to City College. I haven’t heard anything from Harvard. I probably won't get accepted there.

C: Why do you say that?

K: You know--it's so competitive. I don't think my grades are good enough.

C: Well, let's wait and see.

K: I’ll probably go to City College. My brother went there. I visited the campus and I like it.

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Listen again. Match…

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Listen to the news report…

W: And finally today, we have a report about graduating seniors, Jason Kim standing by. Jason, are you there?

J: Hi, Lucy.

W: The natural Times newspaper asked college seniors “what are you going to do after you graduate? ”

J: That’s right. Lucy. The students gave them surprising answers too. W: For example?

J: Well, more than 50% of the students say they aren’t going to start a new job right away.

W: Well, what are their future plans?

J: Let’s ask some of them. Excuse me?

M: Yes?

J: I’m Jason Kim from SCA TV. Your name please?

M: Mesuki.

J: And what are you studying in.

M: Art.

J: OK, Mizuki, what are you going to do after graduate?

G: I don’t know. I’ll probably chill out for a while.

J: Chill out?

M: You know, relax.

J: OK, Mizuki, thanks for your comments. Hello, I’m Jason Kim and we’re doing a live report. What’s your name and major?

R: My name is Robert and I’m studying in law.

J: What are you going to do after you graduate?

R: I don’t know, maybe I’ll take a long trip.

J: What about a job?

R: Work? Maybe one of these days, but first I’d like to take a trip.

J: Th ank you Robert and good luck. Well, that’s all for now. this is been Jason Kim and my report on college seniors. Now back to you Lucy.

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Listen again. Complete…

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Listen to three people talk…

1. Eduardo: Hi, I’m Eduardo. I g ot accepted to college recently. Since the school is just in my neighborhood, I’m going to live at home. I’ll not apply for a scholarship because it’s too hard to get it. I think I’ll be able to support myself by working part-time. In my view, money is ver y important though it’s not everything. So most probably I’ll study business, I hope I can make it big after my graduation.

2.Jill: I’m Jill, I’m going to join a sorority, I want to make more friends of the same sex. I think that women should be united should always help each other. I’m going to volunteer work in my spare time to help those old-aged ladies in the community with their errands. I’m not going to a large university since I can’t afford it.

3.Max and Sara: I’m Max and this is Sara. We love each other, we’re not going to live in student housing. We plan to live in a mid-sized apartment not far away from the university. We’re going to study together and work part-time.

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Listen to Marry…

I’m Mary and I’m twenty. I’m studying in life-long education at the university of Tokyo. I think it’s important for everyone to keep learning all their lives. That’s why I choose the major in life-long education. Personally I’m planning to further my education in an American university after graduati on. So right now I’m taking an English class. I want to improve my English. I’m working part-time at a video store because I need to save money for my studies abroad. I have a boyfriend and he wants to go and study in the United States too. We have similar interests and personalities. I’m going to get married and live in a house by the ocean. Sooner or later I’ll have my own children. I’ll most probably stay at home to be a full-time mother before my children are sixteen years old. To witness their growth would be the most valuable thing in my life.

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Now listen to three new…

Jameela: I work so hard for four years. I need a break now. I majored in biology and chemistry and I had a summer job in a day-care center. I’m going to take a year off before I start medical school. My plan is to travel and do volunteer work in west Africa. I’ll be a doctor someday, but I’m not sure what kind of doctor I’ll be.

Jennie: I study business and it’s easy for me to find a job. Next month I’ll move to New York to start work at Giant Corporation. But I don’t really want to spend my whole life working for a company. I hope I can start my own business, maybe something with food. I love cooking, in college I cook dinner for roommate every night. Shane: Wow, four yea rs really went fast. I can’t believe it’s graduation day. My major was computer science but I spent all of my free time playing music. I played guitar in two different bands. I also play electronic music using computers. I have job interviews with three so ftware companies next week. I’m not worried about getting a job but I really want to play music too, that’s my biggest dream. Audio Track 3-5-9

B. Now listen again and…

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Now Listen to the…

Interviewer: We now have a winner! Stephanie Lee from Vancouver, Canada answered our questions and won the top prize: She will be our youth travel reporter in Europe! She's going to travel for three months and write about her experiences for our website. Interviewer: Do you have any international travel experience? Stephanie Lee: Yes, I do. Tokyo years ago, I spent the summer in Hong Kong, China, I stayed with my grandmother and worked in the family business. I also visited Africa last year.

Interviewer: What do your travel experiences tell us about you? Stephanie Lee: I stayed in Hong Kong for about two months. I think that shows I can stay away from home for a long time. I don't get homesick at all. In Africa, I went to Tanzania. The highlight

was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s the highest mountain in Africa. The climb was very hard. Two people turned back before they reached the top, I made it all the way! Once I start something, I never give up.

Interviewer: This job gives you a digital camera and pays your travel expenses. It doesn't pay a salary. How will you get your spending money?

Stephanie Lee: I had a part-time job in a restaurant. I had worked there for two years. Fortunately I saved a lot of money, so I won't have to worry about money for my trip to Europe.

Interviewer: Why should we choose you?

Stephanie Lee: Because I love to travel! I'm a hard worker and will have no trouble filing reports on time-and I have a lot of energy! Audio Track 3-5-11

C. Listen again. Then…

Unit 6, Lesson A, 2 Listening,Activity1-5

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Listen. Who is m aking…

Conversation 1

Trey: Mindy, I need to make a phone call. Is there a pay phone around here?

Mindy: Here. Use my cell phone, Trey.

Trey: Really?

Mindy: Sure. I have free service on nights and weekends.

Trey: OK--thanks. Now, what do I do?

Mindy: You have to turn it on. Press the power button.

Trey: OK. I did that. Wait, there's no dial tone.

Mindy: That's OK. Remember, it's a cell phone. It's different.

Trey: Gotcha.

Mindy: Enter the area code and then the telephone number.

Trey: Let's see…

Mindy: Now just press 'send' and you'll be connected.

Trey: Got it! Thanks!

Conversation 2

Jerry: Do you know Maria's phone number? She left a message on the answering machine but didn't leave her telephone number.

Carla: Hmm, I don't know it ... Look in the telephone directory-. Jerry: I did. It's not listed.

Carla: Oh ... Why don't you call directory assistance, then?

Jerry: Good idea. Let's see ... 4-1-1…

Operator: What city?

Jerry: Boston.

Operator: What listing?

Jerry: I need the number for Maria Gomez on North Street. Operator: One moment, please. Thank you. Here's your number. The number is ... area code 617-524…

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B. Listen again. Complete…

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Listen to Dave and Elaine…

Conversation 1

D: Elaine, I’m so frustrated!

E: Why? What’s w rong Dave?

D: I’m trying to call Henry at home. His line is always busy.

E: Did you try his cell phone?

D: I don’t know the number.

E: Hold on a second, here it is. Area code 2665556983.

D: Thanks.

E: Well?

D: I’m getting his voice mail. I’m going to hang up.

E: Why not you try again? Just press redial.

D: Nope. Same thing, the voice mail. I’ll try again later. Thanks anyway.

Conversation 2

E: what time is it ?

D: Six o’clock. Why?

E: I’m going to try Henry this time.

D: I don’t think he’s home yet.

E: You’ll never know. Maybe I’ll have better luck.

B: Hello?

E: Hello? Em…Could I speak to Henry please?

B: I’m sorry, I think you’ve called the wrong number.

E: Oh I’m sorry. Opps, I’ve dialed the wrong number.

D: Well, try again.

E: OK.

H: Hello?

E: Hello Henry?

H: Yes?

E: it’s Elaine, how are you?

D: I’m fine, Thanks. It’s so nice to hear from you…

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Listen again. Number the…

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Listen to a conversation and…

B: Hi Liza. Can I borrow some money from you? I have to pay my phone bill.

L: Why is your bill so high?

B: Well I made a few phone calls last month and they were kind of expensive.

L: Who did you call?

B: I was calling my friend Raul in Caracas. I’m going to visit him next

month. I wanted to plan my vacation. But first I dialed a wrong number, three times.

L: Oh Beth.

B: Then I checked it and enter the number again, Raul’s sister picked up the receiver, she doedn’t speak English. So she hang up the phone.

I tried again the next day, Raul’s father answered and I left a message.

L: Did Raul ever reach you?

B: No, he got a busy signal because my brother’s always on the phone. Finally I called him and we talked for an hour.

L: I think a plane ticket is cheaper than your phone bill.

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B. Listen to the conversation aga in and mark…

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Listen to a passage about…

Do you want to get a cell phone?

everyone loves cell phones. More and more people are buying cell phones. With the cell phone, you can keep in touch with friends, family and co-workers everywhere y ou go. It’s important to choose the right cell phone and the right company.

choose the right plan. Look at plans from different companies and answer these questions: will I use my cell phone everyday or only in an emergency? When will I make calls, during the day, at night or weekends? Does the price fit my monthly budget?

what phone is right for you? Before you buy a phone, think about these things: what size do you want? Is it easy to use? Does it have the features you need, for example voice dialing or Internet service? don’t talk and drive. You need two hands to drive a car. Taking your hand off the steeling wheel to use your phone is risky. In some places, it’s illegal. If you need to make a receive or call, stop at the side of the road.

use your cell phone politely. Turn your phone off in meetings, movies, restaurants or any place where ringing phone might disturb people. It’s OK to use your cell phone in a public place, just remember to speak softly and keep your conversation private.

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B. Listen again. Fill in the blanks…

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Now Listen to a talk…

How do you feel about cell phones?

It can't be denied: there has been a cell phone boom in the last decade. Everywhere you go, people seem to be talking on the telephone. How do people feel about cell phones? Our on-the-street survey found some interesting answers.

Sixty-nine percent of the people we asked think cell phones are convenient and save time. Nineteen percent use cell phones only when they have to. A small percentage----only three percent----think cell phones are unnecessary. Another three percent say they are addicted to their cell phones! There have been some problems associated with cell phones. Some cities have passed laws affecting ell phone use. For example, in some places, it is now illegal to drive and use your cell phone at the same time. A survey asked people about cell phones and laws. Here is how they answered.

There should be laws about cell phone usage in classrooms, theaters, and restaurants. 57% agree. While driving. 45% agree. On public transportation.34% agree.

One thing is sure about cell phones: everyone has an opinion about how and when they should be used! Listen to w hat these four people had to say:

Phil: I'm Phil, I love talking on the phone. I keep my phone next to my bed. I even take it with me into the bathroom! My friends say that I am "cell phone crazy."

Sherry: I'm Sherry, I live in the country. I\4y nearest neighbor is 25 miles away. My cell phone makes me feel safe. I can call someone in an emergency.

Eric: I'm Eric, I think cell phones are unnecessary. Why do people use them so often, especially in public places? I think it's a form of noise pollution!

Carmen: I'm Carmen, I'm very busy. Sometimes I have to cancel an appointment at the last minute. I use my cell phone to do that. It's good for business.

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C. Listen again. Then …

Unit 7, Lesson A, 2 Listening,Activity1-5

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A.Listen to a short talk…

My favorite hobby is nature photography. I have been taking pictures outdoors for more than ten years. In that time, I’ve traveled to several national parks in my country. I’ve also visited Mexico and Brazil. I like to take pictures of birds and animals. I’ve gotten some really nice photos. But sometim es I can’t find my favorite pictures

that’s because I haven’t put them in the albums yet.

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B. Listen again and fill…

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A.Spencer and Greta guests on a…

Conversation 1

Host: Hello, Spencer. How are you?

Spencer: Fine, thank you. I'm excited to be here.

Host: Great! I see a photo in your hand. What is it?

Spencer: Well, it's a picture of something that's famous worldwide. Host: Wow! Look at that! Is it yours?

Spencer: It certainly is. I didn't buy it, though. My father gave it to me.

Host: How did your father get it?

Spencer: He carried it in the 1984 0ly-mpics. Ile was one of the runners. After the Olympics finished, he bought the torch and gave it to me.

Host: You must be athletic, too, right?

Spencer: No, not at all. I'm terrible at sports.

Host: Well, what was your father's event?

Spencer: He ran the 800 meters. He won his first race, but lost the second one.

Host: Fascinating ... Well, your father wasn't only a strong athlete ---- he was also a good collector. Do you have any idea how much the torch is worth?

Spencer: Not at all,

Host: It's a good item to have. It's probably worth several thousand dollars.

Spencer: Wow!

Host: What are you going to do with it?

Spencer: For now. I'm going to keep it. Someday I'II give it to a museum.

Conversation 2

Host: Hi, Greta, it's nice to see you've brought us a fun object. Greta: Yeah. I really like it.

Host: Did you play with it when you were a kid?

Greta: A little, but not so much. My brother played with it all the time. I played with my teddy bear collection.

Host: Do you know anything about this toy?

Greta: I did some research. I know it was make in Germany by the Lehmann Company. I'm not sure of the date.

Host: OK-- anything else?

Greta: That's about it.

Host: Well, let me tell you a little bit about the Lehmann Company. Their toys were very popular in the first half of the twentieth century. They're still making toys today,

Greta: I didn't know that.

Host: How much did you pay for this toy?

Greta: Nothing. A neighbor gave it to us before he moved away. Host: Oh, that's good news because unfortunately, this toy is not a Lehmann toy

Greta: It's not?

Host : Nope. I'm sorry, but it's a fake.

Greta: You're kidding!

Host: No, I'm not. Look at the bottom of the toy. A Lehmann toy will have the letter "e" marked on it. Yours doesn't have that.

Greta: Oh, how disappointing!

Host: Well, it's still in good condition.

Greta: Yes, that s true. It may not be worth anything, but I'II always keep it for my children..

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C. Listen again. Complete…

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A.Alfredo is talking to Lvan…

A: Well Ivan, now the final exams are finished, what are you going to do?

I: Haha, that’s easy, Alfredo, take a break, I’m exhausted. How abou t you?

A: Same here. I need to rest for a couple of days. Then I’m going on a trip next week.

I: Where are you going?

A: My wife and I are going to the vist view resort.

I: That sounds relaxing.

A: Actually it’s going to be kind of busy, in a fun way. The y have lots of activities there: horseback riding, skydiving…

I: Skydiving! Are you going to do that?

A: No, I’m going for the scuba diving.

I: I didn’t know you’re a scuba diver.

A: Well I’m not, yet. We’re going to take lessons when we get there. By the end of the trip, I’ll be ready to try my first real dive.

I: That sounds like fun. I wish I could go, but my kids are too small,

they’re only 10 and 12 years old.

A: You know? They are not too young. There’s junior program to prepare kids for scuba diving. You should check it out.

I: I should, but I know my wife, she’ll never agree to it. She’s afraid of the water.

A: Well, here’s a ? if you’re interested. Like I said, they have other activities besides scuba diving. They also have a full service spa. Maybe your wife will enjoy that.

I: Now that’s an idea!

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C.Listen again and answer…

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A.Listen to the passage…

Adventure races

It’s a team sport. It includes mountain climbing, biking, boating and trail running. It has lots of special mystery events like climbing over a five meter wall and carrying a team member for three kilometers. What is it? “The coolest sport I’ve ever done!” Says 31-year-old Brine Martin. He recently finished the Hawaii Adventure Race with his team, “the outsiders.” ” Although everyone on our team bikes and runs everyday, it was a great challenge.” His team finish fifth out of more than two hundred teams in the race. Adventure racing is a new sport, they started a few years ago. In it, teams of four people race nonstop across long distances and difficult environments 24 hours a day. There’re men’s, women’s and mixed teams. Some adventure races are just one day, but others are much longer. In the Eco-Challenge, one of the most famous races, teams must travel five hundred kilometers in ten days. They travel by running, climbing ropes, kayaking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Every year the Eco-Challenge is held in a different country and environment. Like the jungles of Malaysia, the desert of Morocco, or the mountains of Canada. Speed and stamina are very important for adventure racers. But there’s one more unusual thing about the sport. To win the race, all team members must finish together. If one person quits, the team is out of the race. “You have to help each other, and you really learn to work together” says Brine Martin, ”I enjoy that most of all.”Audio Track 3-7-11

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C. Listen again and fill…

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A. Listen to a short talk…

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B.Now listen to a…

A star in the X Games

There's a new kind of competition happening worldwide. No, it's not the World Cup. It's the X Game. In different areas of the world, athletes train and complete in their own versions of the X Games. The best athletes can advance to the global championship. At the championship, teams from six regions (Asian Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States) face each other. There are summer sports (in-line skating, biking, and skateboarding) and winter ones (skiing and snowboarding). Most "X Gamers" are male, but there are a few women. One woman, in particular, stands out from the crowd. Her name is Fabiola da Silx a. She's an in-line skater and she comes from Brazil. There are two different in-line skating categories: park and vert. In the park event, skaters compete on a course that has ledges, handrails, and other obstacles. In the very event, skaters do tricks in a half pipe. They try to fly high in the air and spin. Fabiola competes in both events. She has been skating for years and she has always dominated the women's events.

Fabiola would like to see more women in the X Games, but she's not afraid of the guys. Ever since she received her first pair of skates at the age of 12, she's played with boys. Now she skates in competitions with them and she beats many of them. Fabiola's mother was a housekeeper. It was hard, but she saved her money to buy Fabiola's skates. It was a good investment. Fabiola has traveled abroad for events and become famous in the skating world.

Success hasn't gone to her head, though. She's a typical young woman of the world: She has a boyfriend likes to listen to rock music, and prefers health}- foods. She doesn't seem to care much about the attention she gets.

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