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Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Nick: Hi. Uh, are you Sarah?

The Big Sister: No, I'm not. I'm her older sister.

Nick: Well, I'm here to talk to her . . .

The Big Sister: I know why you here.

Nick: Good. Uh, Is Sarah here?

The Big Sister: Um, I first have a couple of questions, and you [had] better answer them. First of all, what is your name?

Nick: Uh, my name? I'm Nick . . .

The Big Sister: I thought so. Where are you from?

Nick: Um. I'm from Brownsville. Why are you asking me . . .

The Big Sister: Okay. How old are you?

Nick: What!?

The Big Sister: How old are you?

Nick: Does that matter?

The Big Sister: Of course, it matters. I wouldn't be asking otherwise.

Nick: Really?

The Big Sister: Really. Yeah. Sarah's only 19.

Nick: Okay, I'm 22. Now, is Sarah here?

The Big Sister: Where did you first meet Sarah and why do you like her so much?

Nick: Like her? What do you mean? I've only met her once in . . .

The Big Sister: Don't lie to me, Nick.

Nick: Are you sure you have the right guy? Listen. Are you sure? [I'm sure, I'm sure.] Listen. I'm leaving. I don't need the money THAT much.

The Big Sister: Money? Wait! What do you mean?

Nick: Listen. I'm a teaching assistant at the university, and I met Sarah in the Spanish class last week. She asked me if I could teach her, you know, help her with her class.

The Big Sister: So, you're not Nick Roberts, that guy that drives that crazy motorcycle? [No!] The one with the large tattoo of a large snake across his back?

Nick: No! What? You've got the wrong guy. I'm leaving. This whole thing is crazy.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • had better? (modal of advice): have to, must, with a feeling of possible negative consequences
    - You had better find a private teacher and start studying more, or you will fail the class.

  • something matters (verb): something is important and makes a difference
    - Good study habits matter in learning and passing classes.

  • once (adverb): one time
    - I had a great teacher once, and she taught the subject very clearly.

  • lie (verb): not tell the truth
    - Brandon lied and said he took lessons from a private French teacher, but he can't even say hello in the language.

  • guy (noun): informal for person, usually a man
    - That guy is a real good language tutor if you need help with your Chinese.

  • whole (adjective): full, complete, used to emphasize the noun
    - I did poorly on the whole test.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]

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