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"read someone like a book" = understand someone very well

"My teacher can read students like a book. He knows which students studies, and which students don't."

"go by the book" = follow rules exactly

"If you always go by the book in your work, your company will trust you more."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Bookstore Shopping
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary and Grammar
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easyschool suppliesconversationman - man01:31

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are five items that students can buy from a bookstore to use for school?

HELPFUL TIP: Being prepared for school doesn't simply mean to have a single pencil. Students should have a few pencils, an eraser, a small pencil sharpener, and even a highlighter for taking notes. THAT is preparation.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

1. What did the young man buy at the bookstore?
A. notebooks, pencils, and one eraser
B. three books, pens, and an eraser
C. some paper, five pencils, and an eraser

2. The son says he carries two smart phones because _______.
A. one of them doesn't work very well
B. his iPhone is broken
C. he stays in touch with different people

3. What else does the son have with him?
A. a jacket
B. suntan lotion
C. food

4. How did he pay for everything?
A. in cash
B. with a credit card
C. by check

5. About when does the conversation take place?
A. in January
B. in March
C. in June

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Correct answers:

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

Grammar Lesson:

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are two things that happen to the son when he gets home and talks with his mother and father?

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

Find two online bookstores where you can buy these items. Then, answer these questions:

  • What is the name and mailing address of the company?
  • How much do the items cost?
  • What is the price of shipping?
  • What is the company's return policy?

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