General Listening Quiz

"Martial Arts"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate martial arts man - woman 01:05

Pre-Listening Exercise

Some people learn martial arts for sport and exercise. However, how do people often protect themselves, their families, and property using martial arts such as karate and judo? 

Idioms

"be fighting mad" = be very angry
"My wife was fighting mad when she found out that I went to Las Vegas without her."

"pick a fight" = start a fight or an argument with someone
"Don't pick a fight with Michael today. He is in a very bad mood."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man wants the woman's ____.

Man: I don't care. Give it to me! And your phone and credit cards.

The man is trying to rob the woman _____.

Woman: Okay. Listen. Obviously, you haven't thought this through. I mean, who's going to rob someone as they walk out of a karate studio? Really?

The man isn't afraid of the woman because ____.

Man: Right. You don't fool me. Anyone can get a black belt online in 10 minutes. And I have a knife.

The woman suggests that the man call ____.

Woman: You'd better call 911 first.

We can infer that _____.

[You hear punches and kicks and yells and screams . . . ] Man: Ahh, oh, man. Ooohhhh. That hurts. Woman: Yeah. Listen. Here's your two dollars. You'll need them to cover your medical bills.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

In this conversation, the woman learned a form of martial arts to protect herself. How do you feel about the forms of protection below? Which of these do you or would you use personally in your daily life? Which are legal forms of protection in your city or country?

  • a gun
  • a spray such as mace
  • a knife
  • a dog
  • a whistle or loud horn
  • a big boyfriend

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find information on one form of protection from the Post Listening Task above and answer these questions:

  • Is this form of protection legal in your country?
  • Do you need some form of license from the government to own or use it?
  • How much does the form of protection cost, for example, a gun?
  • What percent of people use or own it?
  • What are the benefits and dangers of using it?
  • What are the penalties for using the method illegally or if it causes unintentional harm to others?