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"eat humble pie" = be humiliated or forced to be humble

"The theft had to eat humble pie when he attacked my wife, and she beat him up using some karate moves."

"lay a finger on" = touch with the intent to do harm or do something you shouldn't

"Don't even think about laying a finger on my french fries. They're all mine."

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[Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Personal Security
Theft in the Park
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What images come to mind when you read the title of this conversation, "Personal Security: Theft in the Park"? What people might be involved: men, women, and/or children? What time of day is it? What is stolen? Write down your ideas.

HELPFUL TIP: Taking classes in self-defence can protect you in case you are attacked. Check your local area for a school that teaches martial arts. You might need it coming home from work.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What was the man doing when he was robbed?
A. fishing by the stream
B. birdwatching in the park
C. coming home from work

2. What was the thief wearing?
A. a black striped dress
B. a light red sweater
C. tennis shoes

3. How tall was the thief?
A. about 170 cm
B. about 180 cm
C. about 190 cm

4. What did the thief take from the man?
A. his shoe
B. his leather briefcase
C. his hat

5. Who is the "bearded woman"?
A. a man who dresses up like a woman
B. a woman who robs men in the park
C. a man who lives in the park

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

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Discuss these questions in a small group:

  • Have you ever been in a situation where something was stolen from you? What happened and were your possessions ever recovered?
  • What can people do to protect themselves from theft at home or in public?
  • Are there any special precautions tourists should take when traveling to another country?

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