General Listening Quiz

“Diet Plan”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
advanced diet plans man and woman 03:50

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are three important steps to losing weight in a healthy way? What are some reasons why people struggle with their weight and physical condition?


have one’s plate full” = have a lot to do, be busy
I have my plate full with so many projects, so I don’t have much free time.”

What’s eating you?” = What is bothering or making you angry?
Hey, what’s eating you? You look so upset, and you didn’t say a word during dinner.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man (Andrew) and woman are ____.

Andrew's Sister: Well, I'm your big sister. I'm . . . what am I?

Andrew found out about his new diet ___.

Andrew: Ah, it's too difficult to explain. I found information about it in my junk mail the other day . . .

From the conversation, we can infer that Andrew ____.

Andrew: Okay, uh, well, look. Look at my running shoes over there. Andrew's Sister: Andrew. They're still in the box. ( Well . . . ).

The problem with eating at night is that ____.

Andrew's Sister: Anyway, um, oh yeah. Don't eat late at night. [ What? Like what? ] Well, you know a lot of people . . . they want a . . . they want a late night snake and stuff like that, but a lot of times, that's really, really high-calorie stuff like ice cream and things, and your body's not active to burn it off, so you just store all those calories as fat.

The woman knows Andrew is a regular customer at McDonalds because ____.

Andrew's Sister: Every day you're eating at fast food? [ Well . . .] Okay, you got to cut out the fast food. When you know the manger of McDonalds by name, and he's your best buddy on Facebook, you know that you're going to McDonalds or any fast food place too much.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the reasons for these food choices. Do you have any plans to change your eating habits in the future? Explain your reasons.

Online Investigation

There are many diet programs around the world that market ways to lose weight and stay fit. Review three different programs or plans and answer these questions:

  • Who is the founder or creator of the diet plan or program?
  • How long has it been around?
  • What is the mission statement or main goal of the plan?
  • How is the program similar and different from other programs?
  • What do reviewers say about the benefits and drawbacks of the program’s system?
  • What are the requirements and cost of joining the program?