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"have your nose in the books" = study very hard

"If you don't have your nose in the books more often, I don't know how you'll pass your classes."

"throw money down the drain" = waste money without a return

"Paying college tuition and then not studying hard is like throwing money down the drain."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Haven't We Met Before?
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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easymeeting peopleconversationman and woman01:39

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Introducing yourself to others is important, whether it be to a pen friend (pen pal), a friend you meet online, or through a common acquaintance. So, what are some common topics of conversation when you meet people for the first time?

HELPFUL TIP: Don't be afraid to ask people to repeat their names if you forget them. Using people's names in conversation shows that you are interested in them, and this can lead to a continued friendship.

What are these two people thinking about?

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. Where did the man and woman first meet?
A. at a party
B. at school
C. at a friend's house

2. What is the woman's name?
A. Sharon
B. Susan
C. Sherry

3. In what field is the woman majoring?
A. engineering
B. computer science
C. education

4. What major is the man considering most at this time?
A. international business
B. accounting
C. marketing

5. Do you think the woman is interested in going out with the man?
A. yes
B. no

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Correct answers:

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

Do practice activities to review the vocabulary:

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Make a list of topics of conversation that are appropriate and inappropriate when meeting people for the first time? Talk with other international students and try to identify which of these rules are culture-specific and which are universal from culture to culture.

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