General Listening Quiz

“Meeting Singles”

Level: Topic: Type: Speakers: Length:
difficult invitations conversation man and woman 02:25

Pre-Listening Exercise

When meeting other singles, people often make invitations for dates or other activities? What expressions can you think of for accepting, expressing reservation, or refusing invitations? What excuses can you think of if you really did not want to go out with someone?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where did Doug and Diane first meet?

Doug: No, Doug. Remember? We met at Gary's party last Friday night.

How did he know where she lived?

Doug: Well, I just live around the corner, and I asked Gary if he knew how I could contact you, and . . .

Where does Doug invite her to go with him on Thursday?

Doug: Well, I was just wondering if you'd like to go out this Thursday night. [Oh.]. Well, there's this real great movie playing downtown at the theater.

Diane tells Doug that she can't go with him on Thursday because she ____.

Diane: I'm sorry, but I have to work that evening.

Diane wants to go to the football game with ____.

Diane: Sure. I'd love to go. [Okay!] I've wanted to see a game all year. [Yeah!] My roommate will be so surprised when she finds out I have a ticket for her, and . . .

At the end of the conversation, Doug wants leave quietly because he _____.

Diane: Ah, he's a teddy bear, but hasn't been the same since someone ran into his BMW. Doug: Oh. Let me guess. Red, right? Diane: Right. [Oh] And, it's just that he's a little protective of me since I am his baby sister. Doug: Hey, well, it's been really nice talking to you, but I have to run. Hey. Here are the tickets. Have a great time and, by the way, can I go out your back door?

Post-Listening Exercise

Rewrite the conversation and make Diane’s responses more positive. Then practice with a partner. Have you ever had a similar experience, either like Doug or Diane? How did you feel and what did you do?

Online Investigation

Contact a family member online through email, social media, or by phone. Ask the person what three things they look for in an ideal friend or partner.