PartⅠ Listening Comprehension
(Ring... ring. . . Sound of phone being picked up. )
M: Hello, Campus Daily, advertising department. This is Mark speaking.
F: Hi. I'm calling to place a couple of ads.
M: Sure. Under what classification?
F: Well, I want one in the“Roommate Wanted” section.
M: All right. And how would you like that to read?
F: Ok, it should read Female roommate wanted for pleasant, sunny two bedroom apartment on Ellinwood Avenue, three blocks from campus. Share rent and utilities. Available September 1. Call between 5 and 9 P. M. and ask for Cecilia.
M: Fine. And what about your other ad?
F: That one I'd like under “Merchandise for Sale,” and I'd like it to read “Matching blue and white sofa and easy chair, excellent condition, $ 350 or best oiler. Call between 5 and 9 P. M. and ask for Cecilia.” Did you get all that?
M: Uh- huh. You'll want your phone numbers on these, right?
F: Oh, sure. Thanks for reminding me——it's 555- 6972.
M: And how long do you want these ads to run?
F: For a week, I suppose. How much would that be?
M: It's five dollars a week per line. Each of your ads will take up three lines, so that's $15 per ad.
5. M: You see, a marine biologist is now appearing on the screen.
W: Yeah. We are now being taken on a tour familiarizing with life in the salty depths. It's an interesting tele teaching lesson.
Q: What are the man and woman doing?
6. M: Alice is in bad mood today. What's wrong with her?
W: She failed the examination which she prepared for a long time.
Q: What can you conclude from this conversation?
7. W: The biology class next Monday has been replaced by a chemistry class.
M: Awful. I haven't prepared for that.
Q: For which class hasn't the man prepared?
8. M: Since it's the rush hour, let's take the subway.
W: OK. It's not as direct as the bus, but it's faster and there will be less chance of a traffic jam.
Q: Why do the man and the woman decide to take the subway?
9. W: If I were you, I would take a bus instead of a plane. Flying makes me nervous.
M: But it will take me forever to get there by bus.
Q: What does the man prefer to do?
10. W: Could you tell me the least expensive way to get to London?
M: If you go by bus it's only ￡20. But if you go by train, it's almost twice that much.
Q: What does this man explain to the woman?
11. M: Miss Green, I told Dr. Smith that I would call him in the Paris office at 11 o'clock their time. Please find out the time difference for me so that I'll know when to place the call.
W: It's 4 hours earlier in Paris, sir.
Q: When should the man place his call to Paris?
12. M: There's no use going to the store now.
W: You are right. It's after 5:30 already.
Q: When does the store probably close?
13. M: Jane told me you were on a diet. How much weight have you lost?
W: Well, to start with, I weighed 150 pounds. The first two weeks I took off
10 pounds, but then I gained back 5 pounds over the holiday.
Q: How much does the woman weigh now?
14. W: Was the movie as good as you expected?
M: It was a waste of time and money!
Q: How does the man feel about the movie?
Arabs consider it (15) extremely bad manner to start talking business immediately. Even the busiest government official or (16) executive always takes (17) extra time to be polite and offer (18) refreshments. No matter how busy you are, you should make time for this (19) hospitality. Making decisions quickly is not an Arab custom. There is a (20) vagueness in doing business in the Middle East which will puzzle a (21) newcomer. Give yourself lots of time and ask lots of questions.
Patience is an important (22) quality. You may have to wait two or three days to see high level government officials as they are very busy. Give yourself enough time.
Personal relationships are very important. They are the key to do business in Arab countries. (23)Try to identify the decision maker regarding your product or services immediately and get to know him on a friendly basis. Do your homework. Be prepared to discuss details of your product or proposal. Be ready to answer technical questions.
When an Arab says yes, he may mean “maybe”. When he says maybe, he probably means “no”. You will seldom get a direct “no” from an Arab because it is considered impolite. Also, he does not want to close his options. Instead of “no”, he will say “inshalah” which means, “if God is willing”. (24)On the other hand, “yes” does not necessarily mean “yes”. A smile and slow nod might seem like an agreement, but in fact, your host is being polite. An Arab considers it impolite to disagree with a guest.
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