Part A Listening Strategy
Numbers appear very often in every kind of listening material. The ability to catch the exact numbers spoken in English is an important but difficult skill for a Chinese learner.
A good way is to practice over and over again the pronunciation of the numbers, particularly the different ways to say thirteen and thirty, fourteen and forty, etc. It also helps to practice writing down the numbers you hear quickly in numerical forms, without translating them into Chinese.
You're going to hear a passage about Michael Jordan, a retired American professional basketball player.
Listen carefully and fill in the blanks with the missing numbers.
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
He was born on Feb.17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York.
He is 1.98 meters tall and weighs 216 pounds.
Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls team for the 1984 season.
In the 1986 season he shot 3041 points, the third highest score ever.
He was named NBA Slam Dunk Champion(扣篮冠军)in 1987
and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1988, an honor repeated four times in the next ten years to 1998.
Jordan guided his team to win six NBA championships during the 1990s, scoring 45 points during the sixth and last game of the 1998 NBA finals.
In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century.
Jordan left the NBA at the beginning of the 1993-1994 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball.
Since his baseball game wasn't quite as good as his basketball games, he finally gave it up to rejoin the Bulls in 1995.
Yet, after playing for five more years, he once again announced his retirement in 1999.
But he returned for two more NBA games in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Part B Listening Tasks
Why Don't You Join Me at the Gym Sometime?
Listen to the conversation and choose the right answers to the questions you hear.
Peter: Hi Laura. Where are you heading with that big bag?
Laura: Hi, Peter. I'm off to the gym. I've got to stay in shape, you know. I try to go three times a week, but I'm busy so I can't always make it.
Peter: I know more women who work out than men. What's the main reason you work out? For your health, or to look good?
Laura: To be honest, for both. With women, good looks are always a very important consideration.
Peter: If they were honest, most men who work out would admit that they also do it to look better, and not merely for health reasons.
Laura: How about you? Do you get any regular exercise?
Peter: I do a lot of walking, for exercise and enjoyment — sometimes ten to twenty kilometers at a time — but I never go to the gym like you do.
Laura: Well, walking is good exercise. How about sports?
Peter: Not since my school days. I used to love playing baseball, but it's impossible to get enough people together for a game now. Mostly I just watch sports on TV.
Laura: I play tennis fairly regularly with my friends, and sometimes go swimming and cycling by myself.
Peter: Oh, I forgot about that. I go cycling sometimes too. And I often go swimming on vacation, but only recreational swimming.
Laura: Why don't you join me at the gym sometime? I can get you a guest pass.
Peter: Well, maybe someday, but I'm pretty lazy about things like that.
1. What do you know about Peter?
2. Where might the two speakers be having this conversation?
Listen again and write down answers to the following questions.
Listen to the following conversations and repeat after the recording. Then role-play them with your partner.
A: What's your plan for this evening?
B: Well, there's a good game at the stadium but I haven't got a ticket yet.
A: I'm going to the gym. Would you like to come along? I can get a guest pass for you.
B: That's wonderful. I'd always wanted to work out in the new gym. Thank you very much.
A: Hi, Xiao Wang. Fancy meeting you here! How are you doing?
B: Can't complain. I'm busy with my experiments in the lab. But after work I often play some sports．
A: Like what?
B: Like swimming, running and sometimes tennis.
A: Tennis? That's my favorite game. Say, what're you doing this weekend?
B: Nothing particular.
I guess I'll probably just work in the lab.
A: Come on. You need to relax. What about a game of tennis?
A: Are you doing anything special tomorrow, Bob?
B: Not really. Why do you ask?
A: Some of us are going motorcycling. Would you like to join us?
B: Motorcycling? I've never done that. Isn't it a bit dangerous?
A: Maybe, but it's really exciting.
B: I enjoy jogging. It's more relaxing.
A: That's a good form of exercise. It can help you stay in shape.
B: Yes, it's also safer.
Now make similar conversations according to the given situations. Use the structures and expressions above in your conversations where appropriate.
Part C Test Your Listening
You're going to hear five short conversations. Listen carefully and choose the right answers to the questions you hear.
1. W: I like playing basketball, volleyball and table tennis. What about you?
M: Well, tennis is my favorite sport.
Q: What sport does the man like?
2. W: You don't like boxing very much, do you?
M: It's far from being my kind of sport.
Q: What does the man mean?
3. W: I think yesterday's football game was quite exciting. What about you, John?
M: You said it. But it was a bit long.
Q: What does the man think about the football game?
4. W: Do you like to play chess?
M: I like the game, but I don't play it often enough. I'm afraid I'm not a very good chess player.
Q: What does the man mean?
5. M: I knew the names of all the football players and the dates of all the games in my high school days. But recently I have failed to keep up with football.
W: Now you are busy with your golf games.
Q: What do you know about the man from the conversation?