Basic English Quiz

"New Clothing"

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the most popular clothing gifts for both men and women? Think of four ideas.

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording and answer the questions. Then, review the script to this listening activity at the bottom of the page.

The man wants to buy a birthday present for his ______.

Man: Excuse me. Uh, I want to get my girlfriend a sweater for her birthday, but I can't find the right one.

What does the man want to buy?

Man: Excuse me. Uh, I want to get my girlfriend a sweater for her birthday, but I can't find the right one.

What color item does the man want to buy in the beginning of the conversation?

Man: "Excuse me. Uh, I want to get my girlfriend a sweater for her birthday, but I can't find the right one." In the end, he buys a red one because the store doesn't have a blue one in his girlfriend's size.

How much did it cost?

Sales Associate: Well, let's see. It usually sells for $34, but it's on sale for $16.

Post-Listening Exercise

What kinds of clothing do you wear in these situations? Then, explain your reasons.

  • at school
  • at work
  • on a date
  • to a job interview
  • an evening out with friends
  • at home on the weekend
  • to a wedding
  • to a funeral

Listening Script

Man: Excuse me. Uh, I want to get my girlfriend a sweater for her birthday, but I can't find the right one.

Sales Associate: Well, um, what about these over here?

Man: Uh, this one is okay. I like the style, but do you have the same thing in a blue, a blue color?

Sales Associate: Um, well, Hmm. I don't . . . I don't see a blue one, but how about this green one?

Man: Uh, do you have the same thing in a dark green? And what size is this one anyway?

Sales Associate: It's a large.

Man: Oh, my girlfriend wears a small. That won't work.

Sales Associate: Well, what about this red one?

Man: Ummm, it's okay. How much is it? I don't see a price tag.

Sales Associate: Well, let's see. It usually sells for $34, but it's on sale for $16.

Man: Hmm. Okay, I'll take it. Thanks.