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"hairy" = dangerous and/or scary

"Coming home in the snowstorm got pretty hairy as we passed through the mountains."

"fender-bender" = a car accident that results in little damage

"So far, there haven't been any reports of major accidents during rush hour today. Just a few fender-benders without any injuries."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Traffic Report
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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very difficulttraffic conditionsnews reportman01:04

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What information would you expect to hear in a radio traffic report? (The recording for this report is fictitious, but is based, in part, on common situations and places in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.)

HELPFUL TIP: If you really want to practice your listening skills, try tuning into local traffic reports in English. You can find out about traffic and weather conditions in your area.


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 causing the delays near Interstate 215?
A. road construction
B. a small accident
C. inclement weather conditions

2. Where do these delays clear up?
A. around 7200 South
B. right after 3300 South
C. near 9600 South

3. What caused the accident on Northbound I-15?
A. slick ice
B. a stalled vehicle
C. limited visibility

4. What weather conditions are predicted during the night and morning hours?
A. heavy fog
B. periodic sleet
C. strong winds

5. What situation has resulted because of the extremely cold temperatures snow in the mountains?
A. A group of animals has come down into the valley.
B. Sudden avalanches are expected around Riverside Park.
C. Road closures are making travelling difficult in that area.

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script and do the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some of the most common modes of transportation in your country? What are the traffic conditions like in both major cities and rural areas? Do you think that building more roads or widening them is the solution to traffic congestion? Find a Website that describes these conditions and summarize your findings.

Now, write your opinions on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.

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