|"do something until someone is blue in the face" = do something a lot without achieving your goal|
"Listen. You can talk to me about the product until you're blue in the face, but I still won't buy it."
"one-track mind" = always thinking about one specific think
"Telemarketers only have a one-track mind: money, money, and more money. They never think about what customers really need."
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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]
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Have you ever received phone calls from telemarketers trying to sell you something? If so, what was the product or service that was being advertised?
|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
HELPFUL TIP: Telemarketing is big business, but it can be annoying to those who receive such calls. If you don't want people to call you, tell them to put you on their do-not call list.|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.
|III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]|
|Review the key vocabulary from the conversation:
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|III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Do you feel there should be laws that restrict the hours when telemarketers can call people at home? What do you think of companies that sell your personal information, including your home phone number, to other companies for business (sales) purposes?
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