General Listening Quiz

“Divorce Lawyers”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult divorce man and woman 3:07

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are several reasons why some relationships end in divorce? When there is conflict, what are some ways in repairing and enhancing marital relationships? Are there times when a divorce lawyer may be needed to settle family disputes or breakups?


divorce yourself from” = separate yourself completely from something
Unless you divorce yourself from your work, you’ll never have time for your wife and family.”

part ways” = separate or break up
We decided to part ways instead of getting married. There were just too many differences between us.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Sharon and Phil been have been married for ________ months.

Tonya: What? Phil You've only been married two months. What's going on?

What is one reason why Phil wants to break up and divorce Sharon?

Phil: Well, okay, okay. She's always telling me to put the toilet seat . . .

One thing that bothers Sharon is that Phil ____.

Phil: And I now only have one picture of my (old) girlfriend in my wallet. I got rid of the other three last week.

Tonya, Phil's sister, thinks that he is really ____.

Tonya: What is wrong with you? Phil, be quiet and listen, Phil. What is wrong with you? You have a really screwy way of thinking about this.

Tonya suggests that Phil ______.

Tonya: A divorce lawyer is the last thing you need; maybe she needs one, but you don't. You're going to have some financial problems. You haven't see anything yet. I think you guys really need to get some marriage counseling; you've got to work on these problems, Phil.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Some people assume that love often diminishes over time in a relationship; however, what are at least three things that couples can do to maintain and enhance a loving relationship, whether you have been together for one week or fifty years?

Online Investigation

When problems surface in a relationship, it is often the tendency to talk about our problems with family and friends. However, in many cases, these people might not be the best people with whom to discuss problems because they lack the training to provide the right type of counseling. Therefore, what resources are available in your local community that offer marriage or relationship counseling? Are there any stereotypes or stigmas associated with getting outside help to help people in relationships? Use the Internet to research these questions.