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"bail out" = assist someone out of a difficult, often financial, situation

"If your car is towed away, don't expect me to bail you "

"be in a jam" = be in a difficult situation

"We were in a real jam yesterday when our car was towed away, and we had to get home without a ride."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Towing Service
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
Advancedtowing servicesconversationman - woman01:47

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some situations in which a vehicle is towed away in your area?

HELPFUL TIP: In some areas, car owners can buy roadside service from private companies that will help you with your car problems such as a flat tire if you encounter a problem.


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. In the conversation, parking is not permitted between __________.
A. 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
B. 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
C. 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

2. The man says he didn't see the no-parking sign because ________.
A. it was nighttime when he parked
B. his view was obstructed
C. it wasn't there earlier in the day

3. The man supposedly parked his car to _________________.
A. pay a utility bill for his home
B. donate some items for the needy
C. buy some home cleaning supplies

4. What is the fine for parking illegally in the conversation?
A. $105
B. $115
C. $150

5. The man tries to influence the police officer into not giving him a ticket by __________________.
A. offering her free admission to a local event
B. buying her a steak dinner at a fancy restaurant
C. praising the officer on her attractive appearance

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

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are the most common traffic violations in your country and what are the penalties in each case? Do you think that there are more or fewer traffic problems in your country than any other country you have visited?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Every country has pride in its reputation, but it can be said that the driving habits of people around the world vary quite a bit. Use the Internet to find statistics or other data that tries to identify the worst driving conditions (and drivers) around the world. Keep in mind that people's stories about traveling overseas are sometimes not as credible as statistics or other data.

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