General Listening Quiz

"Personal Profile"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy introductions man 00:32

Pre-Listening Exercise

Having pen friends is a good way to meet people. What kinds of things would you write or talk about when introducing yourself to  a friend for the first time? How do these topics change depending on the situation and the person to whom you are speaking (e.g., an older man on a airplane or a fellow student at a party)?

Idioms

"hit it off" = get along well, become friends
"After the first couple of letters, I knew we would hit it off because we had so many things in common."

"nothing to write home about" = not exciting or interesting
"My trip was nothing to write home about. I didn't have much fun, and it was kind of boring."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the man's name?

Hi. My name's Greg, and I'm originally from Denver, Colorado.

Where was the man born?

Hi. My name's Greg, and I'm originally from Denver, Colorado

Which sentence best describes his university studies?

I'm a junior, and I am majoring in economics with a minor in Spanish.

Where does the man work?

I also work part time as a cashier at a grocery store.

What is one thing the man likes to do in his free time?

I enjoy hiking, reading, and hanging out with friends in my free time.

Post-Listening Exercise

Introduce yourself to several people (e.g, classmates, coworkers, complete strangers) in different situations. Then, find a Web site where you can locate people with the same interests as your own. Consider writing someone as a way of communicating with a new friend.

Online Investigation

What social media sites do you use to meet new friends and communicate with family?