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General Listening Quiz

“Detective Agency”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate detective agencies man – woman 01:02

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some situations in which you might hire a private detective or detective agency to help you resolve issues in your life?


steal someone’s heart” = cause someone to fall in love
James stole Maria’s heart with his powerful romantic music on his guitar.”

five-finger discount” = shoplift or steal good from a store
Brian said he got a five-finger discount on his shoes, but that was completely wrong. He should return them.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

If this man were your brother, what other advice would you give him? What should or shouldn’t he do? How logical are his reasons for his concerns?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find a detective agency in your area and check their Website for the answers to these questions:

  • What is the name of the company?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • What kind of experience do the detectives have in this line of work?
  • What services does the company provide?
  • How much do their services cost?
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