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General Listening Quiz

“Flower Shop”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult ordering flowers man – woman 02:15

Pre-Listening Exercise

On what occasions do people buy flowers for others (e.g., marriages, funerals, etc.)? Where can you buy flowers in your area? What types of flowers (and colors) are given for different life events?


not a bed of roses” = something that isn’t always pleasant or easy
Marriage isn’t always a bed of roses. Couples often have challenges they have to face.”

grow apart” = a couple’s relationship becomes less close
Because the couple focused so much time on their own careers, they steadily grew apart and eventually got divorced.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

In the situations below, would you give flowers, and if so, what colors and types would you order?

  • Your sister is getting married.
  • A close friend passed away.
  • Your father is in the hospital.
  • A friend is graduating from college.
  • A neighbor just had a baby.

Online Investigation

Imagine that you want to buy flowers for an important holiday in your country. Find two different Web sites that sell flowers and compare their services in terms of price, delivery, variety of items, and product guarantee. Report your findings to a partner or class.

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