General Listening Quiz
“Personal Security – Script”
Listen to the recording on personal security and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
Man: Yes, I’d like to report a theft.
Police Officer: Okay. Can you tell me exactly what happened?
Man: Well, I was walking home from work two days ago, enjoying the nature all around me . . . the birds, the frogs, the flowing stream . . . [Okay, Okay] when this woman knocked me right off my feet, grabbed my stuff, and ran off through the trees. [Hmm]. I was so surprised by the ordeal that I didn’t go after her.
Police Officer: Yeah. Can you describe the woman for me?
Man: Yeah. He was about a hundred and ninety centimeters tall . . .
Police Officer: Wait. You said a woman robbed you.
Man: Well, I’m not really sure. [Hmm]. You see, the person was wearing a white and black polka dot dress, a light red sweater over it, and she . . . or he . . . was wearing a pair of basketball shoes.
Police Officer: Humm. What else can you tell me?
Man: Okay. Like I said, the person was about 190 centimeters tall, heavy build, with long wavy hair. She . . . or he . . . was probably in his or her late 30’s. I didn’t get a good look at the person’s face, but well … uh ….
Police Officer: What? Was there something else?
Man: Well, the person . . . had a beard.
Police Officer: Ah! What was, uh, taken . . . exactly?
Man: Well, just my left shoe. Bizarre, isn’t it?
Police Officer: Ah. The “bearded woman” has struck again!
Man: The “bearded woman”?
Police Officer: Yeah. It’s this man who dresses up like a woman and, for some unknown reason, removes the left shoe from his victims. He’s really quite harmless, though, and he usually returns the shoe to the crime scene a couple of days later.
Man: Hey, he can keep my shoe, and I’ll just take off my left shoe every time I walk through the park.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences
- stuff (noun): miscellaneous items
– His room is filled with stuff he bought on his credit card.
- ordeal (noun): a difficult situation or experience
– Getting robbed in the street was a very difficult ordeal for my sister.
- heavy build (noun): a large body size
– Sam is tall and has a heavy build. You will recognize him quickly.
- over (preposition): during
– You shouldn’t travel over the weekend because the weather is expected to be terrible.
- polka dot (adjective): having a pattern small dots
– The young girl loves her polka dot dress.
- bizarre (adjective): very unusual or strange
– The story was very bizarre. I couldn’t believe it really happened.