General Listening Quiz

"Street Market"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate shopping two men 01:30

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of items would you find being sold at a flea or street market? Would you ever go to such a market to shop? Why or why not?

Idioms

"sell like mad" = sell very quickly because an item is popular
"If you don't hurry to the store, you won't find any of the new iPhones. They're selling like mad."

"bells and whistles" = extra, sometimes unnecessary, decorative features on an item
"Hey, I don't need a CD player with all the bells and whistles. If it plays a CD, then that is enough for me."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Why did the man not buy the ring for sale?

Merchant: Well, how about a ring for someone special? Customer: There IS no one special.

What is the problem with the CD player?

Customer: Nah. I already have one, plus the handle is cracked.

The man is not interested in the leather jacket because ____.

Customer: Umm. There are stains on the sleeves. I'll pass.

What is the customer's initial counter offer for the records?

Customer: Whoa! They're way too expensive. I'll give you twenty-five bucks for them.

From the conversation, what does the customer probably purchase from the merchant in the end?

Customer: Oh, I'll stick with the records.

Vocabulary Practice

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

 

Post-Listening Exercise

Practice the dialogue with a partner. Next, create your own dialogue with the seller and a different customer. Try selling two new things.

Seller: Hi. Can I help you?

Customer: Uh, I'm looking for some earrings for a friend.

Seller: Well, here's a nice pair for only $20.

Customer: What? _________.

Seller: ___________.

Customer: ___________.

Seller: ___________.