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General Listening Quiz

“Snack Foods – Script”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on healthy snacks and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

Dean: Hey, man. What’s up?

Tod: Ah, first of all, I put a buck in the vending machine for a seventy-five-cent candy bar, and the thing got stuck here in the machine. Then, I pressed [Ah, man] the change button, and nothing happened. [Wow!] Nothing came out. The dumb thing still owes me a quarter.

Dean: Well, did you talk to the man at the snack bar to see if he could refund your money?

Tod: Yeah, I tried that, but he said he didn’t own the machine, and I had to call the phone number on the machine.

Dean: What a bummer.

Tod: Hey, I have an idea. [What?] Why don’t we rock the machine back and forth until the candy bar falls?

DeanNothing doing. I don’t want to be responsible for breaking the thing, and besides, someone might call the cops.

Tod: Ah, don’t worry. I’ve done it before.

Tod: Oh well. Hey, hey, tough luck. Hey, here, take my candy bar. [You mean?] Yeah, the machine and I hit it off earlier today.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • buck (noun): informal for dollar 
    – Could I borrow a buck to buy a drink from the snack bar?
  • vending machine (noun): a machine from which you can buy items like candy or drinks 
    – In some places, you can find a vending machine on almost every street corner.
  • get stuck (verb): unable to move 
    – I got stuck in traffic on the way home from work.
  • refund (verb; also a noun): give someone their money back 
    – That store will refund your money if there is a problem with the item you buy.
  • bummer (noun): a disappointing situation 
    – It was a real bummer that you lost your last buck in that vending machine.
  • rock (verb): move back and forth 
    – I sometimes rock the baby when he can’t sleep.
  • nothing doing (noun): no way, used when refusing something 
    – Are you asking me to loan you more money? Nothing doing!
  • tough luck (noun): an expression of sympathy about a problem 
    – Did she really break your date? Tough luck.
  • hit it off (verb): like someone as soon as you meet 
    – The man at the store and I hit it off the first time I entered, and now he always gives me discounts on certain purchases.
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