Academic English

"Internet Service"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate Internet Service man 00:44

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are important factors in selecting an Internet service provider or Web hosting?

Idioms

"a pain (in the neck)" = annoying or bothersome
"Searching for something online with a slow connection is sometimes a real pain in the neck."

"beggars can't be choosers" = when you have no money, you have to accept whatever you can get
"My sister complained about the computer my parents gave her, but beggars can't be choosers. They didn't have to give her anything."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What are the calling hours for technical support?

We provide you unlimited monthly access, 24/7 technical support.

How much Web space does the company provide?

. . . 30 MB of free Web space for your personal or business site . . .

The basic Internet service costs _____.

Pricing starts at 29.95 a month.

What is the name of the company?

Contact Impact Solutions today to get the most out of your online experience.

Post-Listening Exercise

There are many types of services to get you connected to the Internet including  satellite and cable connections. What are the differences between each type, how much do they cost, and are they even available in your area? Find a list of companies and compare their services and fees. Which would you recommend?