General Listening Quiz

"Snack Foods"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate healthy snacks two men 00:44

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of snacks, candy, and other items can you buy at school or from the store? When you are thirsty, what do you usually drink: water, a soda like Coke or Pepsi, or fruit juice?

Idioms

"put on pounds" = gain weight
"He's put on a few pounds because he doesn't eat a balanced diet."

"spare tire"= extra fat around the middle of your stomach that looks like a car tire (impolite expression--use with caution)

"My brother's roommate was really angry when his girlfriend told him he had to exercise because he had a spare tire around his stomach."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man's problem at the beginning is that ______.

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 the change button [Ah, man] , 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

The cashier can't help the man because _____.

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

The man's friend recommends _____.

Tod: Hey, I have an idea. [What?] Why don't we rock the machine back and forth until the candy bar falls? Dean: Nothing doing. I don't want to be responsible for breaking the thing, and besides, someone might call the cops.

The man rejects his friend's advice because ____.

Dean: Nothing doing. I don't want to be responsible for breaking the thing, and besides, someone might call the cops.

What does the last sentence mean in the conversation? ("Yeah, the machine and I hit it off earlier today.")

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 Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Vending machines are popular ways schools and business can make money; however, some people feel that are more of a health risk for consumers. How do you feel on this issue? Use the Internet to search for recent opinions on this topic.

Online Investigation

Finding healthy snacks for children (or for yourself) isn't always easy. Use the Internet to find three different healthy snacks that can be purchased online. What are the benefits of each snack? How much does each cost?