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General Listening Quiz

“Exercise Program – Script”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on exercise and fitness programs, and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

Josh: Hey, I hear you and Stephanie are really getting serious.

Michael: Yeah, and I think she’ll be impressed with my new exercise program.

Josh: What? What are you talking about? What exercise program? What did you tell her?

Michael: Well, you know, I enjoy staying in shape. [Right] First, I generally get up every morning at 5:30 a.m.

Josh: Oh, yeah. Since when? You don’t roll out of bed until at least 7:30 p.m.

Michael: No, no, and on Mondays and Wednesdays, . . .

Josh: Ah, it’s not another tall tale . . .

Michael: I almost always go jogging for about [a] half hour, you know, to improve my endurance.

Josh: Hey, jogging to the refrigerator for a glass of milk doesn’t count.

Michael: Of course, before I leave, I usually make sure I do some stretches so I don’t pull a muscle on my run.

Josh: Right. One jumping jack.

Michael: Then, I told her that I usually lift weights Tuesdays and Thursdays for about an hour after work.

Josh: Humph.

Michael: This helps me build muscle strength.

Josh: Hmm, a one-pound barbell.

Michael: Oh, no . . . Finally, I often go jogging on Saturdays with my dog [What dog!?], well, and I like hiking because it helps me burn off stress and reduce anxiety that builds up during the week.

Josh: Oh yeah, those lies.

Michael: Well, uh, as for Fridays, I sometimes just relax at home by watching a movie or inviting you over to visit.

Josh: If I buy the pizza.

Michael: But . . . bu . . . And on Sundays, I take the day off from exercising, but I usually take my dog for a walk.

Josh: Forget it. She’ll never buy this story.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • generally (adverb): usually 
    – She generally does aerobics right after she gets up.
  • tall tale (noun): unusual or unbelievable story 
    – His running in a 100 kilometer race is just a tall tale. He gets tired just walking to the kitchen table.
  • endurance (noun): the ability to keep doing something difficult for a period of time 
    – I don’t know if he has the endurance to play the entire basketball game.
  • burn off (verb): get rid of 
    – The teacher had the boy run around the gym to burn off his extra energy.
  • anxiety (noun): feelings of being worried 
    – Working out at the health club helps me get rid of anxiety and frustration from work.
  • buy a story (idiom): believe something that is probably not true 
    – Don’t buy his story that he exercises everyday. It’s just not true.
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