General Listening Quiz

“Jewelry Store”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate jewelry man – woman 01:08

Pre-Listening Exercise

What pieces of jewelry do people your age sometimes wear? Is this something they generally buy for themselves, or do they receive them as gifts?

Idioms

have a heart of gold” = be kind and generous
“My brother has a heart of gold, and he helps everyone he meets.”

good as gold” = completely genuine, authentic, or well-behaved
“Maria’s promises are as good as gold. You can always count on her.”

“The kids were as good as gold this evening, and I didn’t have any problems with them. They went right to bed.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man wants to buy something for _______.

Man: Well, I’d like to get her something for our 20th wedding anniversary, so it’s kind of special.

The man doesn't want to buy a necklace because his wife ______.

Man: Well . . . umm. She has several of them already, so I’m looking at something else.

The woman offers to _____________ the special item.

Woman: You know. I have just the thing. Come over here. [ Okay. ] How about this bracelet? It has that beautiful pink diamond. This is new. Uh, a beautiful pink diamond in it, and we can get it custom engraved with both of your names on it.

The man spends about ______ on the gift.

Woman: Well, it usually priced to sell at $499, but you’re lucky. It’s 20 percent off.

Post-Listening Exercise

How do you feel about the man’s purchase? Did he make a good choice? What do you think about the price he paid for the item? Would you buy something similar for someone you know? Would you like to receive such an item for yourself?

Online Investigation

Imagine that you want to buy a gift for each of these people. What would you buy, where would you buy it, and about how much would you pay?

  • a mother / birthday
  • a spouse / 25th wedding anniversary
  • a friend / college graduation
  • a girlfriend / wedding engagement