General Listening Quiz
“School Progress Report – Script”
Listen to the recording and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
Girl: Dad, can I go to a movie with Sharon?
Dad: Yeah, sure, but wait. Weren’t you supposed to get a report card sometime this past week?
Girl: Well, yeah. Can I call Sharon now?
Dad: Uh-hum. You didn’t answer my question. Did you receive it or not?
Girl: I love you, Dad! You’re the best!
Dad: Don’t try to butter me up. I can guess that your answer means that you didn’t do well in some of your classes?
Girl: Well, my English teacher’s soooo boring, and he blows up every time someone talks.
Dad: In other words, you’re not doing so well?
Girl: Uh, a C . . . minus.
Dad: Oh. Well, how are you doing in your Spanish class? You said you liked that one.
Girl: Well, I do, but I forgot to turn in a couple of assignments, and I had problems on the last test. All those verbs tripped me up. I get them all mixed up in my head!
Dad: Okay, and what about algebra?
Girl: Ah, I’m acing that class. No sweat.
Girl: Can I go now?
Dad: And how are you doing in history?
Girl: Oh, that’s my favorite class. Mr. Jones is always passing out candy if you know the answers to his questions.
Dad: Great. Now, I have a bright daughter with tooth decay.
Girl: Ah, Dad. Can I go now?
Dad: You can go if you answer my history question. How old am I?
Girl: Uh, fifty-five?
Dad: Fifty-five! You just failed a math and history test at the same time!
Girl: Dad . . .
Dad: Well, okay, but you need to come straight home from the movie, and you need to practice your clarinet.
Girl: Oh, I forgot about that grade.
Girl: Gotta run, Dad.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences
- suppose (verb): do what you should do based on rules or expectations
– I was supposed to turn in my homework today, but I forgot to bring it.
- butter up (verb): to flatter with the purpose of getting something
– It is no use trying to butter her up. She won’t forget that YOU forgot to call her on her birthday last week.
- blow up (verb): to get angry suddenly
– My dad blew up when he found out I failed two classes.
- trip up (verb): to cause to make mistakes
– The first question on the test tripped me up, and I lost my concentration on the rest of the test.
- ace (verb): do very well on an assignment or test
– I can’t believe she aced the test because she didn’t study much last night.
- no sweat (idiom): no problem, something that is easy to do
– I’ll get a perfect score on the chemistry test. No sweat.
- pass out (phrasal verb): give something to each member of a group
– The teacher passed out the assignment at the end of class.
- bright (adjective): smart or intelligent
– There are plenty of bright straight A students in that class.
- tooth decay (noun): the gradual process of the tooth going bad, sometimes caused by poor dental care and eating habits
– Eating too many sweets and not brushing your teeth will cause tooth decay.
- straight (adverb): immediately or directly
– I usually go straight home after work to have dinner with my family.