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Unit 5. People



LISTENING WARM-UP
flag.jpgWhy might someone make a phone call? Try to think of as many reasons as you can.
     
to wish somebody "Happy Birthday"

DEVELOP YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
Listening know-how UNDERSTANDING ATTITUDE AND PURPOSE
Слушая запись, старайтесь не только понять основной смысл высказывания, но и уловить интонацию, с какой произносится фраза. Интонации говорящего в большой степени выражают его отношение к предмету разговора.

flag.jpgListen to a girl, Katy, talking about people she knows and choose the correct word.
Key.1 funny  
2 annoying  
3 popular  
4 kind
 
1    Katy says that Sam is friendly / funny / surprising.
2    Katy says that her twin brother is annoying / depressing / unkind.
3    Katy says that Mrs Wilkins is popular / strict / hard-working.
4    Katy says that Terry is intelligent / shy / kind.

Tapescript

Well, I suppose I know lots of people. I've got a few really close friends, like Sam, for example. She's probably my best friend because we've got a lot in common. She's really amusing and is always making me laugh. We spend most of our free time together. Then there's my family, of course. I've got a twin brother, Tony, but we're not really like other twins. Most of the time we just argue and annoy each other. I don't like fighting, but he does things like come into my room without my permission and it makes me really angry. Another person I see quite often is Mrs Wilkins. She gives private music lessons and she's teaching me the clarinet. I like her, because she's never sarcastic or unkind when I play wrong notes. She's very friendly and all her students like her.
And then there are people I don't see very often, like my cousin, Terry. Terry lives quite far away, so I only see her about once or twice a year. We get on very well and she's always willing to listen to my problems and give me advice. I know that she understands and she tries to help if she can.
flag.jpgListen to these messages that people have left on Katy's mobile phone. Decide why each person is calling.
Key.1B   2C   ЗА   4A 
1   Speaker 1 is calling to ...
     A suggest a film.
     В cancel a plan.
     С ask for advice.

2   Speaker 2 is calling to ...

     A accuse Katy of something.
     В  ask Katy to do something.
     С apologize to Katy.

3   Speaker 3 is calling to ...

     A remind Katy about something.
     В change an arrangement.
     С cancel a lesson.
 
4   Speaker 4 is calling to ...

     A ask Katy to do something.
     В give Katy some advice.
     С thank Katy for doing something.

Tapescript

Speaker 1


Katy, it's me, Sam. About the cinema tonight. You won't believe it, but my brother's broken his arm. My parents have taken him to hospital, so it means I have to stay here to look after the baby. You know how much I hate babysitting. Anyway, I can't make it, I'm sorry. I know it's annoying, but there's nothing I can do. The film's on until Friday, I think, so maybe we can go one day next week. Give me a call when you've got a minute and we'll arrange something. Bye for now.

Speaker 2


Katy. It's Tony. Listen, Mum said I should tell you that you were right and I was wrong. She went into my room and tidied up, so I shouldn't have accused you of moving my CDs. It's just that you know how much it annoys me when people touch my things. That's all. See you at home later. Bye.

Speaker 3


It's Mrs Wilkins, Katy. Oh, erm ... is this recording? I really don't like leaving messages. Erm ... well, it was about tomorrow's lesson. I told you that it's going to be an hour earlier than usual. Did I explain that it's because I have to go to see my sister in Brighton? Anyway, just checking that you haven't forgotten. Have you practised this week? See you at seven at my place. Erm ... that's all. Bye.

Speaker 4


Hi, Katy! Guess who? It's Terry. It seems like ages since I last saw you. When was it? January? Yes, it was January because we went on that terrible skiing holiday. I hate being cold! I'm so glad the summer's finally here. And that means I'm coming to see you next week. You haven't forgotten, have you? I was wondering if you could ask your Dad to meet me at the station. I'm going to have lots of bags. You know me. I always take all my clothes wherever I go. Call me later to let me know. If I'm not at home, call my mobile. Bye!

flag.jpgListen again and complete the notes.
Key.1    babysitting
2    touching his things / who touch his things
3    leaving messages
4    being cold

1    Sam dislikes __________________________.
2    Tony dislikes people __________________________.
3    Mrs Wilkins dislikes __________________________.
4    Terry dislikes __________________________.

Tapescript

Speaker 1


Katy, it's me, Sam. About the cinema tonight. You won't believe it, but my brother's broken his arm. My parents have taken him to hospital, so it means I have to stay here to look after the baby. You know how much I hate babysitting. Anyway, I can't make it, I'm sorry. I know it's annoying, but there's nothing I can do. The film's on until Friday, I think, so maybe we can go one day next week. Give me a call when you've got a minute and we'll arrange something. Bye for now.

Speaker 2


Katy. It's Tony. Listen, Mum said I should tell you that you were right and I was wrong. She went into my room and tidied up, so I shouldn't have accused you of moving my CDs. It's just that you know how much it annoys me when people touch my things. That's all. See you at home later. Bye.

Speaker 3


It's Mrs Wilkins, Katy. Oh, erm ... is this recording? I really don't like leaving messages. Erm ... well, it was about tomorrow's lesson. I told you that it's going to be an hour earlier than usual. Did I explain that it's because I have to go to see my sister in Brighton? Anyway, just checking that you haven't forgotten. Have you practised this week? See you at seven at my place. Erm ... that's all. Bye.

Speaker 4


Hi, Katy! Guess who? It's Terry. It seems like ages since I last saw you. When was it? January? Yes, it was January because we went on that terrible skiing holiday. I hate being cold! I'm so glad the summer's finally here. And that means I'm coming to see you next week. You haven't forgotten, have you? I was wondering if you could ask your Dad to meet me at the station. I'm going to have lots of bags. You know me. I always take all my clothes wherever I go. Call me later to let me know. If I'm not at home, call my mobile. Bye!



PRACTISE YOUR
LISTENING SKILLS


flag.jpg Listen to this conversation between two friends, Jack and Zoe. They are talking about a personality test. Write J next to the answers Jack chooses and Z next to the answers Zoe chooses.
Key.J next to 1A 2C ЗС 4C
Z next to 1B 2C ЗВ 4B

1   What do you look for in a friend? Do you like people who
     A tell jokes? В give advice? С gossip a lot?
2   Which of these do you dislike?
     A people being late. В people borrowing money. С people telling lies
  Which of these adjectives describes your best friend?
     A hard-working. В attractive. С intelligent. 
4   Which of these do you hate the most?
     A people who take life seriously. В people who worry. С people who argue.

Tapescript
   
Jack Hi, Zoe. What's that you're reading?
Zoe Oh, hi, Jack. This? It's a magazine article that our English teacher gave us to read. It's about different personalities. It's got a quiz to find out what kind of person you are.
Jack What do you mean?
Zoe Well, you answer the questions and at the end the quiz tells you what you're like. Do you want to try it?
Jack Yeah, sure.
Zoe Okay. First question, then. What do you look for in a friend? Do you like people who a) tell jokes, b) give advice or c) gossip a lot?
Jack Let me think. Well, definitely not c). I can't stand people who gossip. I don't think it's very nice to talk about other people when they're not there. Erm ... not b) because I keep my problems to myself, so ... let's see, ... a), yes ... definitely a), people who tell jokes.
Zoe Really? Hmm. Maybe that's because you're a boy. I'm not sure that's very important to me. With my friends, I think I prefer people who give advice, so I'd say b). I like my friends to help me when I've got problems.
Jack Okay, then. What about the next question?
Zoe Question 2. Which of these do you dislike? a) people being late, b) people borrowing money, or c) people telling lies.
Jack Dislike? Hmm. Let me think. Not a) people being late, because that's usually me. I think my friends find it a bit annoying, to be honest. I suppose I would say c) people telling lies.
Zoe Yes, I agree. I think I would say c) as well. It's really annoying when people don't tell the truth, isn't it? You have to be able to trust people. Right. Next question. Which of these adjectives describes your best friend? a) hard-working, b) attractive or c) intelligent?
Jack Hmm. Well, my best friend is Bill. He's in my year at school and he's very clever. He's always coming top of his class, and I'm never top of mine. He doesn't have to work all the time, either, to come top, ... I'd say c).
Zoe Okay. I think I'd say b). My best friend is Alicia and she's really pretty. I like people who are attractive. I don't know why.
Jack Any questions left?
Zoe One more. Question 4. Which of these do you hate the most? a) people who take life seriously, b) peooe who worry or c) people who argue.
Jack Oh, that's a difficult one. Let me think. Everyone worries about some things, don't they, so not that one. And we all have to take life seriously sometimes, so I suppose I would say c), people who argue. What about you?
Zoe Oh, I disagree. I don't mind arguments. I think that sometimes you have a better relationship after а good argument. No, I'd say b) people who worry, because they make me feel worried, too.
Jack So what do my answers mean, then?
Zoe Let me see ... Your answers were а), с), с), c). Mostly c)s. It says, 'You have fun with your friends and like to have a good time.'
Jack Well, that's true. What about you?
Zoe I said b), c), b), b). Mostly b)s. It says, 'You can trust your friends to help when you have a problem.' That's true, as well.
Jack  That's interesting. Let me have a look at what else it says.

flag.jpg Listen again and circle True or False.
Key.1T   2T   3F   4F   5F   6T
1    Zoe got the article from one of her teachers.    T /  F
2    Zoe thinks that boys prefer friends who are funny.    T /  F
3    Jack says he is usually on time.    T /  F
4    Jack and his best friend are both in the same class.    T /  F
5    Jack says people who worry are unusual.    T /  F
6    Zoe thinks that arguing can be positive.    T /  F

Tapescript    
Jack Hi, Zoe. What's that you're reading?
Zoe Oh, hi, Jack. This? It's a magazine article that our English teacher gave us to read. It's about different personalities. It's got a quiz to find out what kind of person you are.
Jack What do you mean?
Zoe Well, you answer the questions and at the end the quiz tells you what you're like. Do you want to try it?
Jack Yeah, sure.
Zoe Okay. First question, then. What do you look for in a friend? Do you like people who a) tell jokes, b) give advice or c) gossip a lot?
Jack Let me think. Well, definitely not c). I can't stand people who gossip. I don't think it's very nice to talk about other people when they're not there. Erm ... not b) because I keep my problems to myself, so ... let's see, ... a), yes ... definitely a), people who tell jokes.
Zoe Really? Hmm. Maybe that's because you're a boy. I'm not sure that's very important to me. With my friends, I think I prefer people who give advice, so I'd say b). I like my friends to help me when I've got problems.
Jack Okay, then. What about the next question?
Zoe Question 2. Which of these do you dislike? a) people being late, b) people borrowing money, or c) people telling lies.
Jack Dislike? Hmm. Let me think. Not a) people being late, because that's usually me. I think my friends find it a bit annoying, to be honest. I suppose I would say c) people telling lies.
Zoe Yes, I agree. I think I would say c) as well. It's really annoying when people don't tell the truth, isn't it? You have to be able to trust people. Right. Next question. Which of these adjectives describes your best friend? a) hard-working, b) attractive or c) intelligent?
Jack Hmm. Well, my best friend is Bill. He's in my year at school and he's very clever. He's always coming top of his class, and I'm never top of mine. He doesn't have to work all the time, either, to come top, ... I'd say c).
Zoe Okay. I think I'd say b). My best friend is Alicia and she's really pretty. I like people who are attractive. I don't know why.
Jack Any questions left?
Zoe One more. Question 4. Which of these do you hate the most? a) people who take life seriously, b) peooe who worry or c) people who argue.
Jack Oh, that's a difficult one. Let me think. Everyone worries about some things, don't they, so not that one. And we all have to take life seriously sometimes, so I suppose I would say c), people who argue. What about you?
Zoe Oh, I disagree. I don't mind arguments. I think that sometimes you have a better relationship after а good argument. No, I'd say b) people who worry, because they make me feel worried, too.
Jack So what do my answers mean, then?
Zoe Let me see ... Your answers were а), с), с), c). Mostly c)s. It says, 'You have fun with your friends and like to have a good time.'
Jack Well, that's true. What about you?
Zoe I said b), c), b), b). Mostly b)s. It says, 'You can trust your friends to help when you have a problem.' That's true, as well.
Jack  That's interesting. Let me have a look at what else it says.
pair.jpgRead these questions and, in pairs, discuss your answers.
Which of these is most important to you?
A   friends who like the same things as you
В   friends who make you laugh
С   friends who listen when you have a problem
Which of these do you find annoying?
A   people who talk too much
В   people who take things too seriously
С   people who forget things



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