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"second-rate" = poor quality

"If you go to a second-rate hair salon, you might end up with a second-rate hair cut."

"hit the roof" = become very angry

"Tim hit the roof when he realized the hair stylist dyed his hair red."

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Just a Haircut, Please!
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumhair careconversationman - man02:50

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What kinds of services, besides a hair cut, can you receive at a beauty salon and barber shop? How is a barber shop different from a beauty parlor or salon in your area?

HELPFUL TIP: It is customary to leave a tip for the hair stylist when you have your hair done in the US. Tips are not just for restaurants any more.


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

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1. What is one service NOT included in the special price at the beauty salon?
A. a hair wash
B. a manicure, or nail trim
C. a massage

2. What does the customer do for a living?
A. He's an attorney.
B. He works in the health care industry.
C. He's employed as a town planner.

3. What is one problem that happens to the customer?
A. The beautician gets shampoo in his eyes.
B. The beautician accidently cuts the man's ear.
C. The treatment causes the man's hair to fall out.

4. The customer went to this beauty salon to improve his appearance for:
A. a business convention in town
B. a social event with clients
C. an interview for new employment

5. Why can't the customer complain directly to the manager?
A. The manager is dealing with another customer.
B. The manager is taking time off from work.
C. The manager is out to lunch.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Do you get your hair done at a barber shop or beauty parlor? If not, do you do it yourself, or do you have someone cut your hair? Do you leave a tip for the hair stylist in your country? Are there specific rules on how you must have your hair cut in public schools or at a position in a company? Share your ideas with a partner.

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

Use the Internet to compare two or more hair salons in terms of price, service, and even the experience of those who work there. Which place would you recommend to a friend? Why?

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