|"hairy" = dangerous and/or scary|
"Coming home in the snowstorm got pretty hairy as we passed through the mountains."
"fender-bender" = a car accident that results in little damage
"So far, there haven't been any reports of major accidents during rush hour today. Just a few fender-benders without any injuries."
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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]
|very difficult||traffic conditions||news report||man||01:04|
What information would you expect to hear in a radio traffic report? (The recording for this report is fictitious, but is based, in part, on common situations and places in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.)
|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
HELPFUL TIP: If you really want to practice your listening skills, try tuning into local traffic reports in English. You can find out about traffic and weather conditions in your area.|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
[ Other Audio Options: Play RealMedia | Play Window Media ]
Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script and do the Text Completion Quiz.
|III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What are some of the most common modes of transportation in your country? What are the traffic conditions like in both major cities and rural areas? Do you think that building more roads or widening them is the solution to traffic congestion? Find a Website that describes these conditions and summarize your findings.
Now, write your opinions on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.
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