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"sell like hotcakes" = sell quickly

"You'd better buy the concert tickets today because they're selling like hotcakes."

"bring down the house" = get the audience to cheer and applaud enthusiastically

"The band brought down the house after an awesome performance."

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Good Old Blues
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

easymusic monologue (one person)man01:21

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

I-pods and other MP3 media players are becoming popular to play music on the go. Try and name at least 7 different types of music. Which are most popular in your country? Do you download music files from the Internet? If so, do you download them to a portable MP3 player or other device?

HELPFUL TIP: In addition to listening to music, MP3 Players can be used to record your voice. You can use such devices to keep an audio voice journal to practice you speaking and pronunciation skills.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]

First, 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 kinds of music does this radio station play?
A. rhythm and blues
B. heavy metal
C. latin

2. What is the disk jockey's first name?
A. Harold
B. Harvey
C. Harry

3. Listeners can win ___________ by saying the name of the song.
A. music CDs
B. concert tickets
C. money

4. The man's phone number is ___________.
A. 693-3019
B. 693-1390
C. 693-1319

5. To win, listeners must know the name of the song and ________ it was recorded.
A. where
B. when
C. how many times

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

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4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Discuss the following topics with a partner.

  • the most popular types of music in your country among different age groups
  • the influence of music on your culture, for example, fashion, hairstyles, behavior, ways of thinking, etc.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to gather information on two types of music and compare them in terms of (1) historical background (where the music is from), (2) the types of instruments used in making the music, and (3) the types of people with whom the music is popular (children, teenagers, young adults, mature adults, and seniors).

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