General Listening Quiz

"Running Shoes"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate running shoes man - woman 01:52

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the potential physical and psychological health benefits of walking and running, no matter what the pace might be?

Idioms

"run in the family" = to have something in common
"Running marathons runs in our family. My father does it, and so do I."

"run late" = do something late
"The meeting is going to run late this afternoon, so I won't be able to go running with you then. Let's try it tomorrow."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What problem does the man have at the beginning of the conversation?

Customer: Well, I don't really run. I mean I run out to get the newspaper in the morning. Listen, I twisted the truth a little.

What does the man want at the store?

Customer: I need some street shoes, and I need them to make me run fast, I mean real, real fast.

How can you best describe the man's running ability?

Customer: Well, I don't really run. I mean I run out to get the newspaper in the morning. Listen, I twisted the truth a little.

The woman has run ______ marathons under _____ hours.

Customer: Uh, she's completed, I think, about 20 marathons, all under three hours.

The sales associate suggests that the man ____.

Sales Associate: Hey, here's one idea. Tell her the truth and she what she says.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

How does long-distance running compare to other athletic activities playing tennis, swimming, and yoga in terms of (1) conditioning, (2) endurance, (3) nutritional needs, and (4) equipment?

Online Investigation

Road running on streets and running on dirt trails and rock in the mountains require different types of running shoes. Use the Internet to (1) find the difference between these two types of running surfaces (2) and recommendations on one pair of shoes for each type. What is the maker of the shoe? What specific features make it a good shoe? How much does it cost? Write a summary of your findings.