General Listening Quiz

“Donating Cars – Script”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on donating cars and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

Woman: Hey, how are things going?

Man: Well, to be honest, things aren’t going well for us.

Woman How come?                                                   

Man: Well, I lost my job a month ago, and my wife was in the hospital for three weeks. Now, our bills are piling up, and last week, our car died, and it’s going to cost about $2,500 to repair it. That’s way more than it is worth. I mean, it has almost 275,000 miles.

Woman Wow. I’m really sorry to hear that.

Man: Thanks.

Woman Uh, hey listen. I have an older car that I’m not using now. I’ll donate it to you.

Man: No, no. I can’t accept it.

Woman Please, take it.

Man: Are you sure?

Woman Of course, the car needs a new oil change and a couple of new tires, but otherwise, it runs great.

Man: That’s very kind of you.

Woman All you owe me is one of your homemade peach pies. That will make us even.

Man: Okay, thanks.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • How come? : Why?
    How come you didn’t come to school yesterday?
    A: I’m really worried about my future. >>> B: How come?
  • pile up (verb): increase to an amount that is difficult to manage or pay 
    – Our medical expenses have been piling up for months.
  • owe (verb): need to repay money to a person, company, or bank 
    – How much do you owe your parents for school?