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?

Idioms

"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.

What is the name of the detective agency?

Receptionist: Hello. Jones Detective Agency. How can I help you?

The man is having a problem with his ____.

Caller: Well, you see, I think my roommate is eating my homemade chocolate chip cookies behind my back, and he's just blaming it on some mice around the house and . . .

The man is complaining about missing ____.

Caller: Well, you see, I think my roommate is eating my homemade chocolate chip cookies behind my back, and he's just blaming it on some mice around the house and . . .

This problem is happening at the man's ____.

Caller: Well, you see, I think my roommate is eating my homemade chocolate chip cookies behind my back, and he's just blaming it on some mice around the house and . . .

What suggestion does the receptionist give the man regarding his problem?

Receptionist: Sir. This is something you just have to work out with your roommate. [ Well, you don't . . . ] Maybe, you can see a counselor to help deal with your issues. Or, Yeah. Why don't you just take up a new hobby, like fishing, instead of baking?

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?