General Listening Quiz
“Texting and Driving – Script”
Listen to the recording on texting and driving, and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
Woman: Hey. Are you leaving now? [ Y . . Yeah. ] Could you give me a ride to the train station?
Man: Sure. Get in.
Woman: Oh, I’m glad I caught you. My train leaves in about 20 minutes, and I don’t have time to walk there.
Man: Yeah, well, no problem. Oh, I just got a text from my mom about her doctor’s appointment.
Woman: Wait. You’re not gonna text and drive, are you?
Man: Yeah. I’m pretty good at it. Watch! Now, look here . . .
Woman: No, no. Hey, hey, hey, to be honest, I feel uncomfortable with you trying to do both at the same time . . . and it is against the law.
Man: I’ve had a lot of practice.
Woman: No, really, really. I’ll just walk. Pull over. I can catch the next train.
Man: No, no, no. I’m almost finished with this text . . . . just a second.
Woman: Watch out!! [ Scream ]
Man: AHHHH! Oh, no. My car.
Woman: Oh, no. OH NO!! Forget your car. The driver of the other car looks like a pro wrestler, and boy, does he look angry. Oh, no, oh no. He just punched that light pole and smashed his car window with his fist.
Man: Oh, Hey, uh switch me seats?
Woman: No. Forget it. I think it would be a good time for you to text or call the police.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences
- catch (verb): to reach something or someone in time
– Did you catch your father before he left home?
- pull over (verb): to move your car to the side of the road and stop
– The police pulled me over because I was speeding, and I had a broken taillight.
- pro (adjective): professional
– Amanda is a real pro at tennis and riding her motorcycle.
- smash (verb): to hit something hard
– James smashed his car into a telephone pole because he wasn’t paying attention to the road.
- switch (verb): to change
– How many times have you switched jobs since you graduated from college?