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"hit it off" = get along well, become friends

"After the first couple of letters, I knew we would hit it off because we had so many things in common."

"nothing to write home about" = not exciting or interesting

"My trip was nothing to write home about. I didn't have much fun, and it was kind of boring."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Tell me about yourself
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Having pen friends is a good way to meet people. What kinds of things would you write or talk about when introducing yourself to a pen friend (pen pal) for the first time? How do these topics change depending on the situation and the person to whom you are speaking (e.g., an older man on a airplane or a fellow student at a party)?

HELPFUL TIP: When meeting people for the first time, be careful to not share too much personal information about yourself. There is always time for the later if you feel comfortable with the person.


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 the man's name?
A. Craig
B. Greg
C. Gary

2. Where was the man born?
A. Arizona
B. Kansas
C. Colorado

3. Which sentence best describes his university studies?
A. He is a third-year student.
B. He is majoring in Spanish.
C. He really enjoys his studies.

4. Where does the man work?
A. at a bookstore
B. at a restaurant
C. at a supermarket

5. What is one thing the man likes to do in his free time?
A. reading
B. jogging
C. camping

Score =
Correct answers:

II. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

III. Do practice activities to review the vocabulary:

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Introduce yourself to several people (e.g, classmates, coworkers, complete strangers) in different situations. Then, find a Website where you can locate people with the same interests as your own. Consider writing someone as a way of communicating with a new pen friend.

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