FCE examination, B2 level - Listening section - Part 1.
Jenny, hi, it’s me. I’m on the train and it’s stuck somewhere just outside the station - signalling problems or something ...Yes, I know, sorry, but there’s nothing I can do about it. Anyway, listen, could you check my diary and see when I'm supposed to be with those marketing people? ... It’s on my desk ... ... Oh, isn’t it? Oh, that’s strange. And it’s not in the drawer? I wonder... Oh,
I know, I must have left it in Jimmie’s office after yesterday’s meeting. You couldn’t get it and then ring me back, could you? Sorry to be a nuisance. Thanks a lot.
Eggs are delicious food and parents have to make sure they are laid in spots well hidden from hungry thieves. One such careful parent braves the rushing waters of the Iguagu waterfalls in South America to lay its eggs in a damp crack in the rock face behind the falling water. Accidents are frequent, but evidently the risk is considered worthwhile. In any case, there are no eggs on the menu in this particular part of South America, which is bad news for some!
- There’s something wrong with my watch. It's running slow.
- Oh, a Lexor. It's a common problem with the older Lexor watches. The latest ones are much better!
- That’s no help to me.
- No, I suppose not. Anyway, it’s not easy to get them fixed, either. Not many people are up to it.
- Right. So ,..?
- And the problem is that by the time you’ve got it to pieces and put in the new parts and reassembled it, you might as well have replaced it. It’s always the same, and it’s just as likely to go wrong again in a couple of months.
I must say, it surprised me when I saw how many there were in the family. I don’t see how they’re all going to fit in that small house. And they're obviously quite well-off - you should have seen the amounts of electronic equipment that was carried in, and they’ve got three large cars between them - so why would a wealthy family like that want to live here? It makes you wonder how they earn their living. Not that I’ve got anything to complain about - they’ve been perfectly pleasant whenever I’ve spoken to any of them, though so far they haven’t found time to come in for a coffee.
I love deep-sea diving. I go at least once every summer. The deeper you go, the quieter everything becomes, until finally all you can hear is the sound of your own heartbeat. It's my way of getting away from it all, finding some peace for once. I spent my honeymoon diving, although my wife’s not so keen, and it’s not something we always do together. I don't need company necessarily, and I’m not looking for some incredible adventure. I did, however, once join some guys in a cage off Florida, searching for the great white shark. If sharks stop moving, they die. That sounds like me back home!
Interviewer: It’s difficult to talk about the beauty of a sound, but our great musicians today
still clearly feel that these sixteenth-century Italian violins are the best. Do you agree with them?
Scientist: Well, if you look closely at a violin, um ... it may be a beautiful-looking
instrument, but it is basically just a wooden box, whose function is to take a little energy out of the string that the musician plays and to turn it into sound that is then heard by the listener. The function of an individual violin is to provide suitable playing and sound qualities for the musician to express all of his or her emotions.
If, like me, you’re about to set off for Australia and you haven't yet bought a guidebook, how about trying a CD-ROM instead? Be careful though, the majority of interactive CDs turn out to be a let-down. Many publishers convert printed material to digital format, add a few flashy linkages and expect the buying public to be impressed. I wasn’t. In this context, Wilson’s multimedia package is a refreshing contrast. It’s got all the information, readily accessed from a single¬page pictorial index covering states, cities, wildlife, famous people, etc., and the data is accompanied by good still pictures and ninety-two video clips.
If you have to deal with a customer who keeps ringing your office about a problem you think you’ve already dealt with, it’s important to be forceful.
Make them understand that you really sympathise with their problem, but decide on a course of action early in the conversation and try to keep it moving quickly to avoid any difficult areas. If you can, it might be worth your while trying to discover if there is another reason for their persistence, to try to do something about it before they call again.
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