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"be all ears" = very willing and interested in listening

"Listen. Tell me about the problem. I'm all ears."

"fall on deaf ears" = having your ideas ignored by others

"I always share my feelings with my coworkers, but my ideas always fall on deaf ears."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Honey. Are you listening?
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumlistening skillsconversationman - woman02:11

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

If you have a problem in you life (with money, a girlfriend, or with your grades in school), who do you talk to first: your mom, your dad, a brother or sister, or a friend? What are your reasons for talking with this person?

HELPFUL TIP: We have two ears and one mouth for a good reason---so we can listen a lot more than we talk.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

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1. What is the problem at the woman's workplace?
A. The business is going to fire workers.
B. The company is going to cut salaries.
C. The president is going to close stores.

2. The woman ______________ to help her husband learn the art of listening.
A. found a few Web sites
B. picked up a book
C. watched a TV program

3. The first skill of listening that the woman points out is to ________.
A. watch a person's body language
B. not cut in on a conversation
C. make meaningful comments

4. The second point is to ________________.
A. put aside distractions
B. bring up similar concerns
C. smile and nod politely

5. According to the final point, some people who are experiencing issues in their lives don't want others to _______ their problems.
A. debate
B. solve
C. share

6. What is the husband going to do with his wife to improve his listening skills?
A. They are going to attend marital counseling.
B. They are going to go on a trip in a couple of days.
C. They are going to discuss the information in the book.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some reasons why people don't seem to listen very well? Do (Did) you feel that your parents listen to your own concerns and problems? Why or why not?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find out at least three points that help people develop their listening skills better. Discuss these ideas with a partner. Think about yourself and identify how many of these skills you do or don't do well and what you plan to do (if anything) to improve your listening.

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