Intermediate Listening Lesson #17

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Step 1:   Listen to Dialog

Do not view the questions until after you have listened to the audio file. Reading the questions first will not help you improve your English listening skills. 

Step 2 

 1. What is Jack going to ask Martha?
a) To get married
b) To be his girlfriend
c) To go fishing with her father
d) To borrow her father’s car

2. What does it mean “to have balls”?
a) To like sports
b) To be frightened of everything
c) To be brave
d) To be a coach of a sporting team

3. How is Jack going to ask Martha?
a) Ask her in a restaurant
b) Ask her in a public area
c) Ask her father in front of her
d) None of the above

4. When did Jack decide to ask this question?
a) About 2 weeks ago
b) About a month ago
c) Last night
d) Today

1. a     2. c      3. c       4. a
1. To get married
2. To be brave
3. Ask her father in front of her
4. About 2 weeks ago

If you are uncertain about the answers to the questions, listen to the audio file again after having read the questions. After you have made all your selections, you may view the answers to see how you did. 

Step 3:   

A: “Hey Jack. What’s going on?”
B: “Hey Matt. I’m going to ask Martha to marry me?”
A: “Really? When did you decide this?”
B: “I always knew she was the one, but I decided to pop the big question about 2 weeks ago. I’m just debating on how to do it.”
A: “That’s exciting man.”
B: “So how did you propose?”
A: “You shouldn’t use my example. It wasn’t special. I kind of wish I made it more special but it’s too late now.”
B: “What do you think I should do?”
A: “There are a lot of options. You can surprise her over dinner, or ask her in a public area, or if you have the balls, ask her father in front of her.”
B: “I never thought about that.”
A: “Thought about what?”
B: “Asking her father in front of her. How do you think she will react?”
A: “I don’t know. You should know how she’s going to react. She is your girlfriend.”
B: “I think that’s the idea I was looking for. Thanks man.”
A: “Don’t mention it. Good luck. You’re going to need it.” 

You should read the Conversation Dialog to help you study after going through the listening lesson. Do not view the Conversation Dialog prior to listening to the audio, or prior to answering all the questions. 

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