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"a bomb" = terrible movie

"Ah, don't rent that movie. It is a real bomb: the plot is weak, and the main characters can't act."


"die laughing" = laugh very hard

"I almost died laughing when I watched that movie. It's great."

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Video Rental Shop
Version A
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers: Length:
difficultrentals conversationman - woman00:59
(Version B with easier questions HERE)

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

When you hear the words "Video Rental Shop," what images come to your mind (i.e., the kind of store, the types of goods being rented, the policies of the store, prices, etc.)?

HELPFUL TIP: Video rental stores are not the only place where you can find videos and DVDs. Now, there are more and more online video rental Websites that offer similar services.

Where to you rent DVDs: from a store or online?


II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where does this conversation most likely take place?
A. at a movie theater
B. at a library
C. at a bookstore
D. at a video rental shop

2. How much do newly released movies cost to rent?
A. $2.00
B. $3.50
C. $5.00
D. $7.50

3. How many movies did the man rent based on the information given?
A. three
B. four
C. five
D. six

4. When do the videos need to be returned?
A. on Tuesday
B. on Wednesday
C. on Thursday
D. on Friday

5. What would be the late fee for an older movie three days overdue?
A. $3.00
B. $4.00
C. $5.00
D. $6.00


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Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Roleplay the conversation with a partner. Then pretend the customer returns the videos late and roleplay the situation again. The customer should come up with a reason for the delay in returning the videos. Then, think about real-world situations? Do some research and find out how video rental companies deal with late videos.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Research two online movie rental services and compare them in terms of price, service, movie selection, and delivery. Discuss your findings.

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