General Listening Quiz

“Just a Haircut, Please!”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
medium hair care man – man 02:50

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of services, besides a hair cut, can you receive at a beauty salon and barber shop? How is a barber shop different from a beauty parlor or salon in your area?


second-rate” = poor quality
If you go to a second-rate hair salon, you might end up with a second-rate hair cut.”

hit the roof” = become very angry
Tim hit the roof when he realized the hair stylist dyed his hair red.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

A ______ is not included in the special price at the beauty salon.

Beautician: We'll shampoo, cut, (and) style your hair for one unbelievable low price of $9.99 (nine ninety-nine). Plus, we'll give you a clean shave and a back massage to help you relax.

What does the customer do for a living?

Customer: I'm a lawyer, specializing in workplace accidents, and I'm in town for a very important job interview, and . . .

The beautician accidentally _____.

Customer: Hey, hey, and you got shampoo in my eyes. I can't see. Where's the towel?

The customer can't complain to the manager because he is _____.

Beautician: I'm sorry, but he's on vacation, and he left me in charge, so if you . . .

The customer went to this beauty salon to improve his appearance for ____.

Customer: How in the world am I supposed to go to my job interview looking like this? Forget it, forget it. Is there anyplace in this town that can give a decent haircut and fix this damage?

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Do you get your hair done at a barber shop or beauty parlor? If not, do you do it yourself, or do you have someone cut your hair? Do you leave a tip for the hair stylist in your country? Are there specific rules on how you must have your hair cut in public schools or at a position in a company? Share your ideas with a partner.

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to compare two or more hair salons in terms of price, service, and even the experience of those who work there. Which place would you recommend to a friend? Why?