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General Listening Quiz

“Reading Books – Script”

Listening Exercise

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

Girl: Dad, will you read to me?

Dad: Uh, let me finish the newspaper first?

Girl: You’ve been saying that forever!

Dad: Well, how ’bout reading the business section of the newspaper together?

Girl: That’s boring. Let’s read this book. It’s about a bear and cat that becomes friends. [Okay] And these books too.

DadWow! I thought you said one book. There must be ten here.

Girl: My teacher, Mrs. Green, says you have to read to me every night, and the newspaper doesn’t count. And let’s eat some popcorn and cookies while we’re reading

Dad: Well, it’s bedtime right now. So, okay, here we go. Once upon a time in a deep, dark forest, lived a brown bear . . .

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • section (noun): a separate part of a book or newspaper 
    – Be sure to read this section of the book carefully. It will help you understand the story better.
  • boring (adjective): not interesting 
    – The book was very boring, so I decided to read a different one.
  • whoa: used to show surprise 
    – Whoa! You can read really well. That’s great!
  • count (verb): be included, allowed, or accepted 
    – You are supposed to read 300 pages before the end of the school year, but remember that comic books don’t count. You have to read story books.
  • bedtime (noun): the time when you normally go to bed
    – I often read a book or watch TV before bedtime.
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