Question #1


a)Does he share the same opinion as other people about the beach?

b)What is his favourite beach sport? What is his favouritepart of the sport?

c)Does he like beach soccer and football?

d)Does he like to sunbathe? 

e)Has he sailed in the ocean before? 

a)No, because unlike others, he does not enjoy the beach.

b)Beach volleyball; Spiking (يكبس) the ball over the net.

c)No, he thinks they are better to play on a grass field.

d)No, only on the bay. 

Transcript
00:00:00
Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to
train your listening and comprehension as I speak.
00:00:09
So today I'm going to talk about the beach. This is a subject that most people like because most
people like the beach. But I would say that I'm actually in that small minority of people that
don't really love the beach.
00:00:21
I'd say that I sometimes like going to the beach, but honestly, I prefer other types of terrain.
00:00:26
But I'll get back to that later.
00:00:27
Let's talk about all the cool beach activities that you can do. First of all, there are a ton of cool
sports that can be played in the sand like volleyball, soccer, football, etc.
00:00:38
I've got to say that even though I'm not all that crazy about the beach, beach volleyball is one of
the sports that I love the most.
00:00:45
There's just something about moving and diving around in the sand that I really like, and I'm
fairly tall, so I have the advantage of being able to spike the ball over the net, which is pretty
fun. Soccer and football can also be fun to play on the beach.
00:00:59
But for me, I think I prefer to play those sports on normal grass. It's just easier to move around.
It's flat and you can play on a bigger.
00:01:07
Field so besides sports, of course, one of the other things that people do on the sand is
sunbathe. Now this is something that I could never do in a million years because I'd burn super
easily if you put me out in the sun for a few hours, I'd come back looking.
00:01:21
Like a ripe tomato.
00:01:22
No joke, I'm sure some of you might say something similar. Some of us get a nice tan.
00:01:27
Some are out in the sun and some burn bad.
00:01:29
Sadly, I remember one of my all time worst sunburns was when I went on a pretty long bike
ride wearing a sleeveless shirt.
00:01:37
It was kind of cloudy outside, so I didn't think I needed sunscreen and boy was I wrong. My
arms were peeling for a long time after that day. OK, so back to the beach. Let's talk about
some of the different water activities now.
00:01:50

Well, growing up I did some boogie boarding which I actually find pretty fun. It just doesn't look
as cool as surfing if you've never been boogie boarding before, it's when you have a rectangular
board and you lie down on it.
00:02:02
And when a big wave comes, it pushes you into the shore. It's pretty fun. I've actually been
thinking about learning to surf recently because I've had a few different.
00:02:11
Students who were surfers and they talked to me about it and made it sound pretty cool.
00:02:15
So maybe I might try it, but I don't think I'd be that good at it. Besides surfing and boogie
boarding, there are also some other more exotic looking activities like kite surfing and
windsurfing and some boat activities like jet skiing or sailing.
00:02:30
I have been sailing before but on the Bay not in the ocean. Sailing is something that would be.
00:02:36
Cool to get into, but it takes a lot of practice, training and dedication, and so I don't think I'll
ever go that route.
00:02:42
All right, so I mentioned earlier that I'm not a big beach guy and that's mainly for two reasons.
The first is the sun.
00:02:49
I burn easily and the 2nd is that if I have free time I prefer to go to other places like the
mountain, the forest, the countryside, even the desert. So it's not that I don't like the beach. I
just like other nature places better.
00:03:03
But Despite that fact, I've lived close to the beach for most of my life, and I know I'm lucky for
that, all right.
00:03:09
So that's all for today. Leave a comment and tell me some of the things that you like doing at
the beach. I'll see you next video.

Question #2


a)What do most teenagers underestimate about adulthood? 

b)Why is it hard to become independent from your parents?

c)What should parents spend more time teaching their kids about?

d)True or False: you will not face any challenges if you have chosen your spouse correctly.

e)What are the 3 best parts of being an adult?

a)They underestimate (يقدّر شيئًا بأقل من قيمته) the responsibilities of an adult

b)Because they pay for everything and help solve your problems

c)Financial responsibility (المسؤوليه الماليه)

d)False

e)Making decisions for yourself; understanding the world better; and that you can accomplish more in life

Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to practice your listening and comprehension as I speak. 

00:00:10 

Before we start, remember to subscribe to the channel. Click on the bell and follow us on Instagram you ready. 

00:00:22 

So today I'm going to talk about adulthood. This is a topic that many of you can relate to because I assume that the majority of my viewers are adults. 

00:00:31 

Some of us wish we were still kids sometimes, but there's nothing we can do to rollback the time. So first, let's talk about some of the most notable differences. 

00:00:40 

That exist between childhood and adulthood. The first thing that comes to mind is the responsibility that comes with being an adult. This is something that most kids and teenagers underestimate about adult. 

00:00:53 

Good, for example when I was in high school I couldn't wait to be an adult. I thought the responsibilities wouldn't be as hard as everyone always told me they'd be, but boy was I wrong. 

00:01:04 

Young people simply can't imagine all the challenges that adulthood presents. Of course, they know that they'll probably get married, move out of their parents house, and of course. 

00:01:14 

Have a career and make enough money to support a family. 

00:01:17 

It sounds relatively straightforward, but it's definitely harder than we think it is. When we're still young, it was a challenge for me to become independent from my parents because they'd always paid for everything and helped me with all my problems. When you take that security away, it's a little scary for a young adult becoming financially independent. 

00:01:36 

Is undoubtedly one of the hardest things about being an adult. 

00:01:40 

For example, those of you who pay rent know that it can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you're still in an early stage of your career. 

00:01:49 

I think that parents should spend a lot of time teaching their kids about financial responsibility. This way, when they're adults, they won't have to learn everything from scratch. They'll already have a good foundation to build upon. How about you? Was it hard for you to become financially independent aside from the financial aspect, the other huge responsibility is getting married and raising. 

00:02:11 

Children choosing the right husband or wife is one of the most critical decisions will ever make. If you choose wrong, you're going to have to live with the consequences of that for the rest of your life. 

00:02:22 

However, even if you choose the right spouse, you're still going to face all kinds of challenges in your marriage. That's a given. It's all responsibility. 

00:02:31 

To work with our spouse as a team. To overcome these challenges, those of you who are married to know exactly what I'm talking about. 

00:02:38 

And of course, everything gets a little more complicated when we have kids. At that point, you take on much more responsibility. OK, now let's talk about some of the positives of being an adult. For me. One of the best things is being able to make decisions for myself. 

00:02:55 

When you're an adult, you get to decide your own future. You can choose the path you want to take. This isn't easy, but I think it's exciting. You get to pick your career, your spouse. 

00:03:06 

Your residence, et cetera, et cetera. Another great thing about being an adult is that you understand the world better. 

00:03:12 

When you're a child, you still have a limited view of the world around you, and you have limited experience. 

00:03:19 

But as an adult, you're able to see things more clearly. In turn, this means that you solve problems more effectively and learn from your mistakes more easily. One last positive about being an adult is that you can accomplish. 

00:03:33 

Or with the exception of child prodigies, people in general achieve the most when they're fully grown. As an adult, you've probably already studied and gained experience, so you're more prepared to do significant things with. 

00:03:47 

Your life I hope I can achieve a lot in my adult life and I'll definitely continue setting goals for myself to make sure I do that. 

00:03:55 

OK, now I'm going to ask you three questions about today's video to check your comprehension, write your answers in a comment down below. #1 what's one challenge of being an adult? 

00:04:07 

Question #3


a)What is another word for university used in the United States?

b)What is the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition?

c)How do most people pay for college?

d)Do most students know what they want to study when they come to university?

e)What is the problem with living in a dorm?

a)College

b)In-state tuition is cheaper. ($25,000 per year vs. $40,000 per year)

c)Through student loans

d)No, they decide by the end of the second year. 

e)Living in a dorm (dormitory/مسكن) is that you need to share the space with a roommate, and that it may be disruptive (مزعج) because of parties. 

Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to practice your listening and comprehension as I speak. 

00:00:10 

Before we start, remember to subscribe to the channel. Click on the bell and follow us on Instagram you ready. 

00:00:22 

So today I'm going to talk about adulthood. This is a topic that many of you can relate to because I assume that the majority of my viewers are adults. 

00:00:31 

Some of us wish we were still kids sometimes, but there's nothing we can do to rollback the time. So first, let's talk about some of the most notable differences. 

00:00:40 

That exist between childhood and adulthood. The first thing that comes to mind is the responsibility that comes with being an adult. This is something that most kids and teenagers underestimate about adult. 

00:00:53 

Good, for example when I was in high school I couldn't wait to be an adult. I thought the responsibilities wouldn't be as hard as everyone always told me they'd be, but boy was I wrong. 

00:01:04 

Young people simply can't imagine all the challenges that adulthood presents. Of course, they know that they'll probably get married, move out of their parents house, and of course. 

00:01:14 

Have a career and make enough money to support a family. 

00:01:17 

It sounds relatively straightforward, but it's definitely harder than we think it is. When we're still young, it was a challenge for me to become independent from my parents because they'd always paid for everything and helped me with all my problems. When you take that security away, it's a little scary for a young adult becoming financially independent. 

00:01:36 

Is undoubtedly one of the hardest things about being an adult. 

00:01:40 

For example, those of you who pay rent know that it can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you're still in an early stage of your career. 

00:01:49 

I think that parents should spend a lot of time teaching their kids about financial responsibility. This way, when they're adults, they won't have to learn everything from scratch. They'll already have a good foundation to build upon. How about you? Was it hard for you to become financially independent aside from the financial aspect, the other huge responsibility is getting married and raising. 

00:02:11 

Children choosing the right husband or wife is one of the most critical decisions will ever make. If you choose wrong, you're going to have to live with the consequences of that for the rest of your life. 

00:02:22 

However, even if you choose the right spouse, you're still going to face all kinds of challenges in your marriage. That's a given. It's all responsibility. 

00:02:31 

To work with our spouse as a team. To overcome these challenges, those of you who are married to know exactly what I'm talking about. 

00:02:38 

And of course, everything gets a little more complicated when we have kids. At that point, you take on much more responsibility. OK, now let's talk about some of the positives of being an adult. For me. One of the best things is being able to make decisions for myself. 

00:02:55 

When you're an adult, you get to decide your own future. You can choose the path you want to take. This isn't easy, but I think it's exciting. You get to pick your career, your spouse. 

00:03:06 

Your residence, et cetera, et cetera. Another great thing about being an adult is that you understand the world better. 

00:03:12 

When you're a child, you still have a limited view of the world around you, and you have limited experience. 

00:03:19 

But as an adult, you're able to see things more clearly. In turn, this means that you solve problems more effectively and learn from your mistakes more easily. One last positive about being an adult is that you can accomplish. 

00:03:33 

Or with the exception of child prodigies, people in general achieve the most when they're fully grown. As an adult, you've probably already studied and gained experience, so you're more prepared to do significant things with. 

00:03:47 

Your life I hope I can achieve a lot in my adult life and I'll definitely continue setting goals for myself to make sure I do that. 

00:03:55 

OK, now I'm going to ask you three questions about today's video to check your comprehension, write your answers in a comment down below. #1 what's one challenge of being an adult? 

00:04:07 

Number two, what's 1 positive thing about being an adult and #3? What will I do to make sure I achieve a lot in my aAudio file 

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Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to practice your listening and comprehension as I speak. You ready. 

00:00:10 

So today I'm going to talk about universities in the US. This is a subject that I'm sure a lot of you are interested in, because maybe you've thought about studying in the US. 

00:00:21 

So let's talk about some of the essentials that you need to know about American colleges. So First things first, it's important that you know that in the US we use the word college interchangeably with the word university. You can say either of these words and they refer to the same thing most of the time. 

00:00:41 

In other countries this is not the case. I'm sure if you go to the UK or Australia you'll hear people use these words very differently, but since I'm an American I tend to use the word college more frequently than university. 

00:00:56 

Let's talk a little bit about the cost of going to a four year university in the US before we can calculate the average cost, we first need to distinguish between in state and out of state tuition. 

00:01:09 

What am I talking about here? Well, if you attend a university that is located in the state where you live where you went to high school. 

00:01:17 

It's cheaper if you decide to go to a university in another state. It's more expensive. This is what I'm referring to when I talk about in state and out of state. 

00:01:28 

The average in state tuition for a four year public university in the US at this time is a little more than $25,000 per year. 

00:01:38 

I know that's a lot, but it's actually not that bad compared to out of state tuition. The average out of state tuition for a four year public. 

00:01:48 

University in the US at this time is about $41,000 per year. That's crazy. 

00:01:55 

Isn't it? I wish I could tell you that I were joking, but sadly I'm not. This is the reality of going to College in US. 

00:02:02 

so you definitely need to think about this before you decide to study in an American University. I was pretty lucky because my college wasn't quite that expensive. You might be wondering how people can afford to pay these. 

00:02:16 

Astronomical tuition costs. The answer is student loans. A student loan is money that the government lends to somebody to pay for. 

00:02:26 

College sounds great, right? Wrong. After you graduate, you have to pay back all the money that the government gave you, plus interest. 

00:02:35 

So after students graduate, they spend many years paying back their student loans. College is unbelievably expensive in the US, all right? 

00:02:45 

Let's talk about the educational aspect of American universities. In the US, students can choose their major, the subject they want to study either before. 

00:02:55 

Or after starting college. 

00:02:58 

Many students don't know what exactly they want to study, so they don't decide on a major until the end of their second year. 

00:03:05 

The way this works is that all students have general classes during their first two years, everyone takes more or less the same types of classes. Math, English, history, science, etc. 

00:03:18 

Then starting in their third year, students take classes specific to their major. So, for example, I majored in English, so during my third and fourth years of university, all my classes were related to English. 

00:03:32 

But during my first and second years I had all general classes. Not all English classes. This is why many people don't decide on a major until the end of their second year. 

00:03:43 

You don't really have to decide before then. I know this is really different from a lot of other university systems in other countries, OK? 

00:03:52 

Lastly, let's talk about living on campus. This is something that many students do, especially in their first and second years. 

00:04:00 

All universities have what we call dorms, which are like student apartments, but usually very small. The dorms are located on the college campus, so it makes it really convenient for students to walk to their classes. 

00:04:14 

The downside of living in the dorms is that you usually have to share your small living space with other people. 

00:04:20 

If you get stuck with a bad roommate, you're in for a long year. I've had some bad roommates in the past, unfortunately. 

00:04:28 

Another negative thing about living in the dorms is that if you're not into drinking and partying, it can be pretty uncomfortable for you. 

00:04:35 

Dorms are notorious for being places where students drink, party and get into all kinds of trouble, so you might want to consider that before you decide to live on campus. OK, that's all for today. 

00:04:48 

Leave a comment and tell me what your country universities are like. I'll see you next video. 

dult life? 

00:04:16 

All right, before we go remember to subscribe to the channel, click on the bell and follow us on Instagram for more English tips and lessons, I'll see you next time.

 

Question #4


a)When is Christmas in the United States?

b)When do you open presents on Christmas?

c)What do Latin/Spanish countries do during the Christmas party?

d)What are the traditional foods (اكلات تقليديه) consumed in the speaker’s household?

a)December 25th, but in many countries the 24th of December is more important

b)Christmas morning (i.e., morning of December 25th) 

c)Singing and dancing

d)Cinnamon rolls and apple cider

Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this be 1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to train your listening and comprehension as I speak. You ready. 

00:00:10 

So today I'm going to talk about Christmas. I imagine this is a topic that many of you guys really like right now we're in the middle of the Christmas season, so all kinds of festivities. 

00:00:20 

Are taking place. Let's talk 1st about when Christmas is celebrated in the US. Christmas is on December 25th. 

00:00:28 

So this is the day that we're referring to when we say Christmas, but I know that in many other countries the 24th is actually more important than the 25th. 

00:00:38 

It's common practice in plenty of countries to celebrate on the night of the 24th and in some countries the party starts at midnight. 

00:00:45 

Many families in the US also celebrate on Christmas Eve the 24th, but it's not a given. Some people only have their family party on the 25th. The actual day of Christmas. I think nowadays though, it's become customary. 

00:00:58 

For Americans to celebrate on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day because it gives us an excuse to have two days of festivities instead. 

00:01:05 

Just one, so for example when I was growing up, my family usually spent Christmas Eve with my dad side of the family and then Christmas Day with my mom side of the family. 

00:01:15 

This is fairly common in the US Now, all right now. Let's talk about presence. I'm not a big fan of exchanging gifts, but I have to because that's the tradition in the US. 

00:01:25 

We usually open presents on Christmas morning. 

00:01:28 

Children wake up early and then wake their parents up and then the children get to open up all the presents from under the tree and in their stockings. 

00:01:36 

Then maybe later in the day you get together with your relatives and exchange more gifts with them. I know that this is different from a lot of other countries where people open their presence on the night of the 24th. Another thing that differs depending on your country. 

00:01:49 

Is what you do during the Christmas celebration. 

00:01:52 

In many Latin American countries, it's common to sing and dance with your family during the Christmas party, but this is a lot less common in the US. 

00:02:00 

It's more about talking, sharing a meal together and catching up with relatives that you haven't seen all year. OK, now let's talk about the meal. There's a lot of variety when it comes to this, but some of the staples of the. 

00:02:12 

Traditional American Christmas meal include ham, potatoes, salad, vegetables, dinner rolls and plenty of yummy. 

00:02:20 

Desserts. Needless to say, this is one of the best meals of the year for most people. A couple of the traditional foods and drinks that my family has are cinnamon rolls and apple cider. 

00:02:30 

I always look forward to having these two things every year. OK, lastly, let's talk about decorations. This is perhaps the most visible element of the Christmas. 

00:02:40 

Season in the US. Many, many people put up Christmas lights on the outside of their house and in their front yard. 

00:02:47 

I'd say there are a few different levels of how serious people get when it comes to their Christmas lights. 

00:02:52 

Firstly, you've got your normal casually lit houses that have just one or two streams of lights along the roof. 

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Then you've got your houses that have a lot of lights and decorations and look very festive and beautiful. And lastly, you've got your candy cane lane type of houses that are covered completely in impressive and creative decorations. 

00:03:12 

These are the houses that people come from all over the city just to see. 

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I go with my family every year to see these houses. They're really cool and talking about decorations. There's the Christmas tree which everyone loves. 

00:03:25 

I'm sure you all know about Christmas trees. OK, that's all for today. Leave a comment and tell me what your Christmas traditions are. I'll see you next time. 

Question #5


a)How can we define creativity?

b)What is the opposite of creativity? 

c)Is it always a bad thing to copy someone else?

d)What are some problems with children not being creative?

e)Why are children nowadays not being very creative?

f)What is a creative activity the speaker does?

a)The use of the imagination for original ideas 

b)Copying someone else

c)No, because it is important to follow instructionsas well

d)Problems with communication

e)Because they spend more of their time on ascreen.

f)Drawing and painting

Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to practice your listening and comprehension as I speak. 

00:00:26 

So today I'm going to talk about creativity. I feel like this is a topic that doesn't get discussed much outside of certain artistic communities. 

00:00:34 

However, I think it's something important that plays a role in all of our lives. First of all, let's try to define creativity. One of the definitions I found. 

00:00:42 

Was the following the use of the imagination or original ideas? This is exactly how I'd describe it when you produce something original, whether it be an idea, solution, game, or work of art, you're being creative. 

00:00:56 

So that will mean that the opposite of being creative is doing things or copying things that other people do or tell you to do. 

00:01:03 

In many situations this isn't a bad thing. There are a plethora of situations that don't call for creativity. In these cases, the best thing to do is to follow orders, plans or processes that are already laid out for you. When you're on the job. 

00:01:16 

It's probably not good for you to always try to be creative. You might actually end up making things worse that way. 

00:01:22 

However, there are many situations in which creativity is good, and so we should try to foster that in ourselves and in our children. 

00:01:30 

I mentioned children because in my opinion, creativity is an essential part of being a child. For example, when I was a young kid, I played outside practically everyday with my neighbors and the games we played involved a lot of creativity. 

00:01:42 

On our part, we had to imagine certain scenarios. Think of rules to follow and invent many aspects of these games as we went along. 

00:01:50 

This called for creative thinking because we had to make these games interesting and fun. However, nowadays this type of play isn't quite as popular as it used to be. 

00:01:59 

Sure, many kids invent games and play outside, but it's becoming increasingly normal for kids to spend hours in front of a screen every day. Their source of entertainment comes from what they're shown on this device. 

00:02:10 

And so they don't have to be creative to have fun. Some people might not consider this that big of a problem, but I do. 

00:02:16 

I've worked with many kids in different contexts and I definitely see the importance of creativity in kids lives. I've taught many kids that don't have this tendency to be creative, and in my opinion this has had some negative effects on their lives. 

00:02:29 

In many cases these kids have worse communication skills and they seem to have less self confidence. However, on the other hand, I've known some kids who probably had too much freedom in their creativity, and this also seemed to have some negative effects. 

00:02:42 

For example, these kids sometimes had trouble following rules. In summary, I think that we should create an environment for our kids that. 

00:02:49 

Fosters creativity, but I also think that we should reign in that creativity at times. So how can we train our creativity and become more creative in general? 

00:02:57 

Well, I think the best way to do this is to do creative activities. There are plenty of artistic activities that we can try our hand at. 

00:03:04 

For example, you might want to try drawing or painting. I'm certainly not good at either of these, but I do engage in them from time to time, and I think it really benefits me. 

00:03:13 

It takes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to think and move in a way that's. 

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Not too familiar to me. Another creative activity that you might want to try is creative writing. Not many people engage in this activity on a regular basis, but they should. 

00:03:27 

It makes you think of words and phrases that you might not normally use, and it forces you to describe things in a way that you're not used to. 

00:03:34 

Needless to say, fiction writers are some of the most creative people out there. I'm sure there are also many other activities that you could think of that could help you train your creativity. 

00:03:44 

OK, now I'm going to ask you three questions about today's video. Write your answers in a comment down below. #1 what's the opposite of being creative? #2, what's one reason? 

00:03:55 

Why many kids don't play creative games nowadays and #3? What's one activity that you can do to train your creativity? 

Question #6


a)What is a stereotype?

b)What is the major stereotype about Americans’ financial situation (الوض المالي)?

c)What does ignorant mean?

d)What is a workaholic? 

e)What does it mean to be patriotic? 

a)An idea or image about a group of people that might be oversimplified.

b)Americans are considered rich when they are abroad (خارج البلاد)

c)Ignorant means to lack knowledge aboutsomething (نقص المعرفة)

d)A workaholic is someone who is addicted (مدمن) to working.

e)Being patriotic means to love your country.

Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to practice your listening and comprehension as I speak. 

00:00:20 

So you can practice your listening skills. 

00:00:27 

So today I'm going to talk about stereotypes. A stereotype is an idea or image about a group of people that might be true, but it might also be a little oversimplified. This is a topic that a lot of us might find pretty funny, but some people might also get offended. 

00:00:44 

When this topic comes. 

00:00:45 

Yup, my intention with this video is definitely not to offend any of you, so I think it be better if I focused on stereotypes about Americans rather than stereotypes about people from other countries. 

00:00:56 

I'll go through some of the most common ones, and then I'll give my opinion about how accurate they actually are. So without further ado, here's the first stereotype. 

00:01:06 

Americans are rich. This is a stereotype that practically every American will face at some point. If they spend a significant time. 

00:01:13 

Broad as an American who's lived abroad for years, I can tell you first hand that this stereotype is strong. 

00:01:20 

No doubt it usually isn't a big issue, but sometimes you get the feeling that people are looking at you with dollar signs in their eyes. 

00:01:28 

To me it's kind of funny because I'm not rich, not even close yet. I get treated like this. 

00:01:33 

All the time. 

00:01:34 

To an extent, though, this stereotype has some general truth to it. The average American is definitely better off than the average person for most other countries, so this stereotypes complicated. 

00:01:46 

The next one is that Americans don't know much about the rest of the world. Some might even use the word ignorant when describing the average. 

00:01:54 

Americans lack knowledge about things like names and languages of other countries. 

00:01:59 

This stereotype definitely has some truth to it. Obviously there are many Americans who are knowledgeable about other countries, but by and large the average American doesn't know a whole lot about foreign countries. 

00:02:11 

For example, many Americans probably think that Brazilians speak Spanish, and many Americans have probably never heard of countries like Uzbekistan. 

00:02:20 

Or Azerbaijan, but let me just say this in my experience talking to people from all over the world, I found that most people don't really know a whole lot about countries that are far away from there. 

00:02:31 

It's not only Americans that don't know much about faraway countries, people from other countries don't know much either, and that's natural because we normally just pay attention to what's relevant to our lives. 

00:02:42 

For most people, knowing about world geography simply isn't that important. So yes, this second stereotype is somewhat true, but I think it's. 

00:02:50 

Also true for people from other countries. 

00:02:53 

All right, here's another stereotype. Americans are workaholics or workaholic. For those of you who don't know, is someone who's addicted to working this stereotype is an interesting one, because I can definitely see a lot of truth to it compared with other countries. Americans work a lot and we work pretty hard. I actually like this tradition. I think that being. 

00:03:13 

Hard working is a great trait to have. We can obviously see the fruit of all this labour as America has produced and invented a lot over the years. However, the negative sides of this is that some Americans are obsessed with their work. 

00:03:27 

Their work consumes their whole life and they don't have time for anything else. When people take it to that extreme, it's definitely a bad thing. 

00:03:35 

Overall, I think the stereotype of Americans being workaholics is fairly accurate. But I also think that the work ethic is slowly dropping over time. I think that in general, our grandparents generation. 

00:03:47 

Probably worked a little longer and harder than my generation. 

00:03:51 

Here's one last stereotype. Americans are very patriotic overall. If you compare America to other countries, this one is definitely true. 

00:04:00 

Obviously not everybody patriotic, but if we consider the nation as a whole, in my opinion, America is definitely the most patriotic country. OK, now I'm going to ask you 3 questions. 

00:04:11 

About today's video, write your answers in a comment down. 

00:04:14 

Below number one name three stereotypes about Americans #2 what's a workaholic and #3 in your opinion, do you think Americans are very patriotic  

Question #7


a)What is the most popular gym machine?

b)What is the difference between a dumbbell and barbell?

c)Which machine is usually full at the gym?

d)What is the squat rack usually used for?

e)What is the most popular machine used for walking?

f)What is another word for the shoulder muscles?

Transcript 

00:00:00 

Hey everybody, welcome to this B1 English listening practice video. You can use this video to practice your listening and comprehension as I speak. You ready. 

00:00:10 

So today I'm going to talk about the gym. This is a pretty important topic because many people go to the gym and need to know some important terminology related to the gym. Let's start out by talking about. 

00:00:20 

Some of the most popular benches, machines and apparatus. 

00:00:24 

So the most popular and iconic station at the gym is probably the flat bench. This is where we bench press. 

00:00:31 

Of course you can use the flat bench for tons of other exercises as well, but it's primary uses for bench pressing. 

00:00:37 

Then you've got other types of benches, such as the incline bench and the decline bench, and there are 90 degrees seated. 

00:00:44 

Benches too. 

00:00:45 

You can do all kinds of chest and shoulder presses on these benches, and you can use dumbbells or barbells, dumbbells, or the individual weights that are held in each hand, whereas a barbell is 1 long bar where you put weights on both sides and grip it with two hands moving on from the benches, you've got another really important station in the gym, the squat rack. 

00:01:05 

If you go to the gym regularly, you'll know that the squat rack is always taken. There's always someone using it and unfortunately most gyms only have two or three of them. 

00:01:13 

So don't expect to be able to use it at all during peak hours. The reason why this apparatus is so popular is because it's the foundation for most leg workouts. 

00:01:22 

Leg day just wouldn't be the same without doing some squats. All right. Besides benches and the squat rack, you've also got pull up bars. This is where you can use your own body weight to workout your lats. 

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Your back muscles by pulling yourself up. This is one of the hardest exercises that. 

00:01:39 

Exists I used to be pretty. 

00:01:40 

Good at Pull-ups, but now I'm not as fit as I used to be, so I'm just average at them. 

00:01:45 

There are also a lot of machines that can be used for all the different muscle groups you've got machines for, bicep curls, leg presses, hamstring extensions, shoulder presses, lat pulls, and many other exercises usually. 

00:01:59 

The fancier the gym, the more state of the art machines they have. Other common gym equipment includes cables, medicine balls, jump ropes, and many other things. And lastly, you've got many machines used for cardio workouts. 

00:02:12 

The most popular of these is the treadmill, which is used to walk or run. I hate the treadmill because I like running outside in the fresh air and I don't like the feeling of running and not actually going anywhere besides the treadmill. 

00:02:26 

There are also ellipticals, stairmasters bicycles, and many other machines. OK, so now let's just talk a little bit about the different. 

00:02:33 

Muscle groups that you work out at the gym. The major muscle groups would probably be the chest, the back and the legs. Your chest muscles are called your pecs, your biggest back muscles are your lats in your track. 

00:02:46 

Apps and your leg muscles include your quads, your calves, your hamstrings, and you could probably include the glutes in there to your more minor muscle groups that you workout, include your abs, your shoulders, and your arms. 

00:02:59 

Your shoulder muscles are called your deltoids and your arm muscles are your biceps and triceps. OK, that's all for today. 

00:03:07 

Leave a comment and tell me what type of exercises you like to do. I'll see you next time. 

Question #8


a)Does he have any siblings?

b)Where do they live? 

c)Is he the oldest sibling?

d)Can he stay out late?

a)Yes, he has a brother and sister. 

b)They live on the countryside

c)No, he has an older brother named David

d)No, he has a curfew (حظر)

00:00:00 

How many people are there in your family? 

00:00:02 

There are five people in my family. My father, mother, brother, sister and me. 

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Does your family live in a house or an apartment? 

00:00:14 

We live in a house in the countryside. 

00:00:17 

What does your father do? 

00:00:19 

My father is a doctor. He works at the local hospital. 

00:00:24 

How old is your mother? 

00:00:26 

She is 40 years old, one year younger than my father. 

00:00:30 

Do you have any siblings? What's his or her name? 

00:00:34 

Yes I do. I have one elder brother David and one younger sister Mary. 

00:00:42 

Are you the oldest among your brothers and sisters? 

00:00:44 

No, I'm not. I'm the second child in my family. 

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What is your mother father like? 

00:00:51 

My father likes playing football and my mother likes cook. 

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I mean. 

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Do your parents let you stay out late? 

00:00:58 

Of course not. They always ask me to get home before 10:00 PM each night. 

00:01:02 

Do you stay with your parents? 

00:01:04 

Right now, no, but I used to. 

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Does your family usually have dinner together? 

00:01:11 

Yes, we do. My mom always prepares delicious meals for us. 

Question #9


a)Does he visit any restaurants?

b)Does he like Western food?

c)How many times has he had Italian food?

d)Who mostly eats fast food in his country?

a)No, he usually visits the deli section of supermarkets

b)No, he prefers Asian food.

c)At least once

d)The youth

Transcript 

00:00:00 

How often do you eat out? Who do you go with? 

00:00:04 

I often eat out on weekends when I hang out with my friends. 

00:00:08 

What restaurant do you usually visit? 

00:00:11 

Well there are not many restaurants in my neighborhood, so my best choice is the deli in convenience stores like the Circle K Ministop be smart. 

00:00:21 

What type of food do you enjoy to eat, Western or Asian? 

00:00:26 

I'm interested in Asian food. Western food is not my thing. 

00:00:30 

How much do you usually pay when you eat out? 

00:00:34 

It's not very expensive, just around $5 for each meal. 

00:00:38 

Do you enjoy spicy food? 

00:00:41 

Yes, I do, especially on cold days. 

00:00:45 

Are the servers there friendly to you? 

00:00:47 

Yes, they are. Most of them are really helpful. 

00:00:52 

Have you ever tried Italian food? 

00:00:54 

Yes, at least once. When I was in my friend's wedding party. 

00:00:59 

Are you concerned about calories when eating out? 

00:01:02 

Yes I am. I'm on diet now so this really matters to me. 

00:01:07 

Are fast food restaurants like KFC or McDonald's famous in your country? 

00:01:12 

Yes, they are the youth in my country are big fans of fast food. 

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Do you often drink alcohol when eating out? 

00:01:21 

No, not often. Just when I have parties with my friends. 

Question #10


a)What does he like to read? 

b)When does he like to read books?

a)He likes to read books about different cultures

b)Whenever he has time to kill/spend. 

Transcript 

00:00:00 

How often do you read books? 

00:00:02 

I read books almost every night before I go to bed. 

00:00:06 

What's your favorite type of book? 

00:00:08 

I love reading about different cultures. 

00:00:12 

What can you learn from books? 

00:00:14 

Books can broaden my horizon about thousands of things around the world, and books are also my best friends. 

00:00:20 

Where do you read books? 

00:00:23 

I read books at home, sometimes in the library. 

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What's the most interesting book you've ever read? 

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I think that would be Nepal. A book written about the country of Nepal, published in 1999. 

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How long does it take you to finish a book? 

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Well, it depends on the length of the book, but it usually takes me a week to finish a 300 page book. 

00:00:46 

Do you usually bring books with you when you travel? 

00:00:49 

Yes, I do. When I'm at the airport or bus station, I read books to kill time. 

00:00:55 

Is there any bookstore or library in your area? 

00:00:59 

Unfortunately there are none near my house. The nearest one is 3 kilometers away. 

Question #11


a)What is his favourite tourist attraction

b)What does he like to ride in Venice?

c)Does everyone he meets speak English?

d)What are 3 things he he brings when he travels?

e)Why does he prefer planes?

a)Venice city

b)A gondola (تلفريك)

c)No, sometimes he needs to use body language to communicate

d)Clothes, medicine, food

e)Because they are a fast mode of transport (وسيلة تنقل)

Transcript 

00:00:00 

How many places have you traveled to? 

00:00:03 

I visited all the provinces throughout my country. 

00:00:06 

Who do you usually go with? 

00:00:09 

I often go with my family, sometimes with my best friends. 

00:00:14 

What's your favorite tourist attraction? 

00:00:18 

That would be Venice City in Italy. I love riding the gondola along the canals while watching Italian people live their daily lives. 

00:00:27 

Have you ever been abroad? 

00:00:30 

Yes I have. I came to Italy last year for a business trip. 

00:00:35 

What language do you use when travelling? 

00:00:39 

English, but sometimes I have to use body language since not all people are good at English. 

00:00:46 

What do you usually do during your trip? 

00:00:50 

I often go sightseeing, take pictures, mingle with the local people and sample the local cuisine. 

00:00:57 

What do you do to prepare for your trip? 

00:01:00 

Before the trip I search for information about the location, weather, famous tourist attractions, transportation, local cuisine and prices on the Internet. 

00:01:12 

What do you usually bring when you travel? 

00:01:15 

I usually pack my suitcase with some necessary items such as clothes, medicine, food, a map and a camera. 

00:01:25 

Do you prefer traveling by car, train or plane? 

00:01:30 

I prefer planes, although it can be a little expensive. Planes are much faster than any other mode of transport. 

00:01:38 

Do you prefer travelling alone or joining a guided tour? 

00:01:42 

I love backpacking with my friends who share the same interests as me. 

Question #12


a)How many new songs will the group ABBA release? 

b)In which city were ABBA formed? 

c)What is the name of the movie mentioned in the article? 

d)Where is ABBA's stage show on London's list of longest-running shows? 

e)Who accidentally revealed news of ABBA's new album? 

f)What is the nickname of the avatars in a new stage show? 

a)5 songs

b)Stockholm

c)Mamma Mia!

d)It is the seventh longest-running show 

e)ABBA’s guitarist (عازف الجيتار)

f)ABBAtars

The pop group ABBA are making a comeback. They will release five new songs, a new album, and they have a new stage show. It is the first time in 39 years the group will release any new music. The Swedish group formed in Stockholm in 1972 and became one of the most popular and successful pop groups in the history of pop music. They are famous for songs such as Dancing Queen and The Winner Takes It All. A musical romantic comedy film called Mamma Mia! was released in 2008. This showcased many of their biggest hits. The movie later became a stage show, which is currently the seventh longest-running show in London's musicals history. It is also the ninth longest-running show on New York's Broadway.

ABBA's millions of fans have been hoping for a comeback for many years. The group just launched a website called ABBA Voyage. The site invites fans to register their interest in a new mystery project that will be announced on September the 2nd. However, ABBA's guitarist accidentally revealed that a new album is coming in the autumn. Fans will be disappointed to learn that the stage show will not include ABBA in the flesh. Instead, there will be holograms of the group. These will be digitally-created lifelike avatars of each group member. The avatars have been nicknamed "ABBAtars". There will be eight shows a week that will take place in a newly-built theatre in London.

Question #13


a)What might be behind a fall in insect numbers besides street lights? 

b)What colour light is causing a decline in insect numbers? 

c)Who is Douglas Boyes? 

d)What did a researcher say the results of his study were? 

e)What kind of insects did the researchers count? 

f)What did LED lights stop female insects doing? 

g)Where were caterpillars heaviest? 

a)Artificial lighting

b)White light

c)He is the lead researcher

d)He said the drop in insect populations was eye-opening/surprising (مفاجأة) 

e)Moth caterpillars 

f)They stopped females from laying eggs

g)In the unlit areas (غير مضاءة)

 

Scientists have discovered that street lights and other forms of artificial lighting could be behind a decline in insect populations. Researchers from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology conducted studies on the number of insects living near sources of white light from light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The researchers said LEDs are responsible for disrupting insect behaviour and for causing a drop in their numbers. Lead researcher Douglas Boyes said the results of his study were "eye- opening". He was surprised at the extent of the insect loss due to LEDs. He found a 47 per cent reduction in insect populations at hedgerow test sites and a 37 per cent reduction at roadside grassy areas.

Mr Boyes and his team set up LEDs at 26 roadside sites in the countryside that contained either hedges or grass verges. The researchers counted the numbers of moth caterpillars found at these sites and compared these with insects found at unlit sites. Boyes commented on the difference. He said: "We were really quite taken aback by just how stark it was." He posited that LEDs led to two drastic changes in behaviour. He said the most alarming discovery was that the lights stopped female insects laying eggs in the lit areas. Another disruption was that the lighting disturbed the feeding behaviour of the insects. The caterpillars in the unlit areas were heavier than those in the areas lit by LEDs.

Question #14


a)What stadium did the Paralympics Opening Ceremony take place in? 

b)Who wished all the athletes well? 

c)What did the Paralympics president say the Games could do to society? 

d)What caused the delay of the Paralympics?

e)Who doubted whether the Paralympics would take place? 

f)What event does Husnah Kukundakwe take part in? 

g)How does Husnah Kukundakwe feel at the Paralympics? 

a)Japan’s National Stadium

b)Emperor Naruhito

c)They can transform society

d)Coronavirus pandemic

e)IPC president Andrew Parsons

f)Swimming

g)She feels comfortable

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games began on Tuesday night with the opening ceremony at Japan's National Stadium. The twelve-day sporting celebration includes a total of 539 events in 22 para sports. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said a total of 161 countries and 4,500 para athletes are taking part in the Games. This includes the Refugee Paralympic Team. The opening ceremony took place in an empty stadium. Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Games. He said: "I would like to join you in wishing all athletes the very best." The IPC president said: "The Paralympics are not just fantastic to watch, they also have the ability to transform society like no other sports event on this planet."

The Games should have taken place last year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC president Andrew Parsons spoke about his happiness at the event finally happening. He said: "I cannot believe we are finally here. Many people doubted this day would happen. Many thought it was impossible. But, thanks to the efforts of many, the most transformative sport event on Earth is about to begin." A 14-year-old Ugandan swimmer, Husnah Kukundakwe, summed up her excitement about being at the Games. She said: "I feel like I'm meeting movie stars." She added: "Since it's the Paralympics and everybody else is disabled, I feel really comfortable."

Question #15


a)What two problems does the article say tourists caused? 

b)What is the highest amount that tourists to Venice could be charged? 

c)When might Venice start charging tourists to enter the city? 

d)What might tourists need to do before they visit Venice? 

e)What kind of life are environmentalists worried about? 

f)What is a city official worried about Venice becoming? 

a)Pollution (التلوث) and overcrowding (اكتظاظ)

b)10 euros

c)Summer 2022

d)Book their visit (حجز زيارة)

e)The environmentalists are worried about the marine life

f)A theme park (متنزه، مدينة ترفيهية)

Venice, Italy is one of the world's top tourist destinations. Before the coronavirus pandemic, around 20 million visitors a year visited the city. This caused many problems such as pollution from cruise ships and overcrowding. To deal with these problems, city officials are planning to charge tourists to visit the city's historical centre and its beautiful canals. According to Italy's La Stampa newspaper, entry into Venice could cost between three euros ($3.50) and 10 euros. This could start from the summer of 2022. There are also plans to set a limit on the number of visitors who can enter the centre each day. Tourists may need to book their visit to Venice before they go.

Venice officials have talked for many years about the number of visitors flocking to the city. Environmentalists are worried about the damage cruise ships do to marine life in the Venice Lagoon. Heritage lovers want to protect Venice's famous squares and architecture from the millions of tourists. This made Italy's Culture Minister say that there is a "concrete risk" of the United Nations culture agency UNESCO adding Venice to its list of World Heritage in Danger sites. However, a hotel worker said Venice needed cruise ships. He said: "They spend big in a short time, before sailing out." A city official is worried that charging tourists a fee to enter will turn Venice into a "theme park".

Question #16


a)What has there been a relentless quest to find? 

b)What does the article say is the Holy Grail of clean energy? 

c)What did the website cnet.com call nuclear fusion? 

d)What could nuclear fusion do to our environmental damage? 

e)What did a scientist say the test was a big step toward generating? 

f)What does nuclear fusion mean there is no risk of? 

a)Sustainable energy sources (الطاقة المستدامة)

b)Nuclear fusion (الاندماج النووي)

c)Cnet.com called it a panacea/cure/عالج to energy and environmental challenges

d)It could reverse the damage

e)A “net-positive” amount of energy

f)Nuclear meltdown (انصهار قلب المفاعل النووي)

There has been a relentless quest to find sustainable energy sources in the past decades. One source of energy that has thus far eluded scientists is nuclear fusion. This is the Holy Grail of clean energy. Generations of physicists have tried to replicate this reaction. Scientists in the USA say they recreated the power of the Sun for a minuscule fraction of a second. Powerful lasers blasted a tiny target to create a reaction. The burst lasted just 100 trillionths of a second, but it created 10 quadrillion watts of power. Ten quadrillion is equal to 1 followed by 16 zeros. The power the scientists created is the equivalent of 6 per cent of all the energy from the Sun hitting Earth's surface at any given moment.

Nuclear fusion powers the Sun and other stars. The website cnet.com said it is "a long-sought-after panacea for many energy and environmental challenges". Nuclear fusion power plants could solve our clean energy conundrum and provide infinite, safe, clean and green power. It could also reverse the damage we do to the environment. Physicist Dr Debbie Callahan, who worked on the experiment, spoke about the breakthrough. She said it is a "huge advance for fusion" and a big step toward generating "a net-positive amount of energy". Futurism.com said: "The promise is as lucrative as it has ever been - an infinite supply of carbon-neutral energy without ever running the risk of a nuclear meltdown."

Question #17


a)What prize did Malala Yousafzai win? 

b)When did the Taliban take over Afghanistan? 

c)What does the article say Malala is an activist for? 

d)How old was Malala when she was shot? 

e)What is Malala worried that girls will not receive? 

f)What news agency did Malala speak to? 

g)What did Malala call the recent events? 

h)What kind of actions did Malala say are needed? 

a)Nobel Peace Prize

b)August 15th

c)Human rights (حقوق الانسان)

d)15 years old

e)A proper education

f)BBC

g)“shocking” / مروع

h)Bold actions / إجراءات جريئة

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has asked countries around the world to open their borders to Afghan refugees. Malala is worried about the safety of millions of Afghans after the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August the 15th. Malala is an activist for human rights and comes from Pakistan. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 because she supported education for girls. She was 15 years old at that time and was on the bus on her way to school. She is now worried that girls in Afghanistan will not receive a proper education. She is also concerned that women in Afghanistan will not have the freedom they have had for the past twenty years.

Ms Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014 at the age of 17. She has since continued campaigning for the education of women and children. She spoke to the BBC about the situation in Afghanistan. She called recent events "shocking" and said there is now an "urgent humanitarian crisis". She said: "We are living in a world where we're talking about advancements, about equality, about gender equality. We cannot see a country going decades and centuries back." She added: "We have to take some bold [actions] for the protection of women and girls, for the protection of minority groups and for peace and stability in that region."

Question #18


a)Who introduced a financial package? 

b)When was the announcement made? 

c)What does the package hope to tackle? 

d)By when does Narendra Modi hope India will be energy independent? 

e)What kind of hydrogen does Mr Modi hope to invest in? 

f)What does India want to rely less on? 

g)What does the article say is vast in India? 

h)What did Mr Modi say India is moving fast towards achieving? 

a)Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

b)Independence day, August 15th

c)The economy, youth employment opportunities, and on ways to tackle climate change

d)By its 100th anniversary, in 25 years.

e)Green hydrogen

f)Oil

g)The Indian railway network

h)India is moving fast towards achieving its climate goals

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a huge financial package for his country's economy. Mr Modi outlined plans for spending $1.35 trillion on infrastructure at an Independence Day speech on August the 15th. The huge investment will focus on the economy, youth employment opportunities, and on ways to tackle climate change. Modi hopes the gargantuan injection of cash will provide a boost to the economy. He said the spending plans will "create job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young people". He added that the stimulus would help local manufacturers to become "globally competitive," and develop new "economic zones" in India.

Mr Modi focused on plans to make India a carbon-neutral country. He gave his speech as part of India's 75th Independence Day celebrations. He vowed that before India turned 100, the country would be "energy independent". Modi pledged to invest more in sustainable resources such as solar technology and "green hydrogen". He wants the country to move away from its reliance on oil. India is the world's third-largest oil importer. In particular, he outlined ambitious plans for transforming India's vast railway network - the largest in the world. He said he wants the whole network to be a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030. Modi said his country is "moving fast towards achieving its climate goals".

Question #19


  1. Which month is usually the warmest?

  2. Which country is NOAA from?

  3. How much hotter than average were temperatures in July?

  4. Where did a NOAA spokesperson say was the worst place to be?

  5. What did the IPCC say had changed the climate?

  6. What kind of changes did the report say every region would experience?

  1. July

  2. The United States

  3. The Earth was 0.93 degree Celsius hotter, but the Northern Hemisphere (نصف الكرة الشمالي) was 1.54 degrees Celsius hotter

  4. First place

  5. Human influence (التأثير البشري)

  6. Sweltering heat and flooding (الحرارة الشديدة والفيضانات.)

We hear about climate change pretty much every day now. We see pictures of floods, fires and heatwaves on TV news. Scientists have just announced that July was the hottest month ever recorded. The scientists are from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA. A spokesperson from NOAA said: "July is typically the world's warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and hottest month ever." NOAA said Earth's land and ocean surface temperature in July was 0.93 degree Celsius higher than the 20th- century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius. The Northern Hemisphere was 1.54 degrees Celsius hotter than average.

The NOAA spokesperson said this new record was worrying. He said: "In this case, first place is the worst place to be." The announcement from NOAA comes a week after a 4,000-page report on climate change from the United Nations. Its report is from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It clearly stated that humans had changed the climate. It wrote: "It is [clear] that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land." A total of 234 scientists from 66 countries worked on the report. It warns that extreme weather will continue to get worse. It says "every region" will experience "multiple changes" in weather, like sweltering heat and flooding.

Question #20


  1. Where can the flower be found?

  2. How do tiny hairs on the plan's stem ensnare (إلتقاط) insects?

  3. What university does Professor Sean Graham work for?

  4. When was the last carnivorous (لاحم) flower discovered?

  5. How did Professor Graham think people would feel?

  6. What did a researcher say was unique about the plant?

  7. What did the researcher say it seemed like pollination (التلقيح) conflicted (متضارب) with?

  1. Along the coastline (الساحل) of the Pacific Northwest (شمال غرب المحيط الهادئ) in the USA and along Canada's Western Coast (الساحل الغربي)

  2. Using a digestive enzyme (الانزيم الهضمي)

  3. He works for the University of British Columbia

  4. The last carnivorous plant was discovered 20 years ago.

  5. He thinks they would be surprised that the plant is a carnivore (لاحم)

  6. The plant traps insects near its flowers

  7. The pollination conflicted with  carnivory/eating insects.

Botanists have discovered a new, carnivorous plant. It is the western false asphodel. This is a white flower that is relatively common along the coastline of the Pacific Northwest in the USA and on Canada's western coast. It was actually first discovered in 1879, but botanists back then did not realise the innocuous-looking flower was actually a meat eater. Researchers have recently determined that sticky, tiny hairs along the bloom's stem produce a digestive enzyme that other carnivorous plants use to ensnare and eat insects. Professor Sean Graham, a botanist with the University of British Columbia, told the NPR news agency: "We had no idea it was carnivorous."

There are fewer than 1,000 carnivorous plant species known to scientists. The western false asphodel is the first to be discovered in 20 years. Professor Graham believes there may be more carnivores among our common flora. He said: "I suspect that there might be more carnivorous plants out there than we think." He believes many people will be surprised that the familiar asphodel is actually a carnivore. Co-researcher Dr Qianshi Lin said: "What's particularly unique about this carnivorous plant is that it traps insects near its insect-pollinated flowers." He added: "This seems like a conflict between carnivory and pollination because you don't want to kill the insects that are helping you reproduce."

Question #21


  1. When was the baby born?

  2. What chance did doctors give her to survive?

  3. What was the mother's blood pressure like when the baby was born?

  4. What does the baby have at home to help her breathe?

  5. Who did doctors say the baby inspired?

  1. The baby was born on June 9th, 2020.

  2. Doctors said that she only had a limited chance (بعيد الإحتمال) of survival 

  3. The mother had very high blood pressure.

  4. She has a machine at home to help her breathe

  5. The doctors said the baby inspired people around her because of her perseverance  (مثابرة)

The world's smallest baby has left hospital after 13 months. Baby Kwek Yu Xuan weighed just 212 grams when she was born at the Singapore National University Hospital on June the 9th, 2020. She was born prematurely at around 25 weeks. This is a lot earlier than the standard 40 weeks. She measured just 24 centimeters. When she was born, doctors gave her a "limited chance of survival". She spent over a year in hospital. Expert baby doctors did everything they could to keep Yu Xuan alive. Her doctors said: "We are happy for the little fighter and her family, and proud of the care provided by our team. Our best wishes to little Yu Xuan as she continues to grow, thrive and beat the odds every day."

Yu Xuan's mother thanked hospital staff for keeping her daughter alive. She gave birth to Yu Xuan early because she had dangerously high blood pressure. She said: "We are very grateful to the doctors and nurses of the hospital neonatal intensive care unit team for the attentive and wonderful medical care and treatment of Yu Xuan." There is a long journey ahead for Yu Xuan as she recovers. She has a serious lung disease and other medical problems. She has a special machine at home to help her breathe. Her doctors said she would slowly get better with time. They added: "She has inspired people around her with her perseverance." They called her "an extraordinary 'Covid-19' baby" and "a ray of hope".

Question #22


  1. What kinds of businesses can people now start in Cuba?

  2. When was there a revolution (ثورة) in Cuba?

  3. What did Cuba's government have a change of?

  4. What new things did Cuba's president say he would introduce?

  5. What does Cuba rely on for foreign currency (عملة أجنبية) reserves (احتياطيّ)?

  6. What is Cuba finding it difficult to import?

  1. People in Cuba can now start their own small and medium-sized businesses

  2. The Cuban revolution occurred in 1959.

  3. They had a change of heart (تغيير في الرأي)

  4. The President said he would introduce new initiatives (مبادرة) to revitalize (يُنعش) the economy

  5. Cuba relies on tourism for its foreign currency reserves

  6. Cuba uses foreign currency to buy food and medicine

The government in Cuba is legalising the ownership of small and medium-sized businesses. This represents a monumental shift in policy from the communist-ruled country. State-owned companies have traditionally been the norm in Cuba, following the revolution in 1959 that brought Fidel Castro to power. He nationalised Cuba's industries to put them into state hands. The new policy allows entrepreneurs to operate businesses that have up to 100 employees. The change of heart from the government came after a month of street protests. Thousands of Cubans demonstrated against dire economic conditions. People also protested about a lack of food and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said he would introduce new initiatives to revitalise his country's economy. Cuba relies on tourism for much of its foreign currency reserves. Global restrictions on travel during the pandemic have severely impacted this sector. Another key industry in Cuba is the production of sugar. Bad weather has resulted in poor harvests and reduced revenues. These events have depleted the government's reserves of foreign currency, which means it has become difficult for the country to import food and medicine. Cuba expert O'Neill Diaz said "many entrepreneurs from the private sector have spent years striving, working and trying to contribute" to Cuba's economic well-being.

Question #23


  1. When was the last time the Taliban controlled a provincial capital?

  2. What country does the province of Nimroz border?

  3. What did an official say would fall into Taliban hands?

  4. How many cities does the article mention where there is heavy fighting?

  5. What are the USA and UK currently doing to their forces?

  6. What is the role of Deborah Lyons in the United Nations?

  7. What did Deborah Lyons say Afghanistan was heading for?

  1. 2001

  2. Nimroz borders Iran.

  3. The official said that other provinces will fall into their hands.

  4. It mentions four cities.

  5. They are currently pulling out  (يسحب)

  6. She is the United Nations' special envoy (مبعوث خاص) for Afghanistan.

  7. She said Afghanistan is heading for catastrophe (كارثة)

The Taliban have captured an Afghan provincial capital city for the first time since 2001. Police in the city of Zaranj, capital of the southern Nimroz province, said Taliban forces are now in control. Nimroz is on the border with Iran. The police there were unable to fight because there were too few government soldiers to help. A Taliban official said it was an important day for the group. He said the victory would increase the morale of his fighters in other provinces. He added: "This is just the beginning. Other provinces will fall into our hands very soon." There is currently heavy fighting in the cities of Lashkar Gah, Kanduz, Herat and Kandahar. They may fall before the Taliban fight for the nation's capital Kabul.

The Taliban are fighting to take control of Afghanistan for the first time since 2001. This is when US-led forces defeated them after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The USA and other western powers have spent 20 years trying to train an Afghan army and police officers to keep the country peaceful. However, the Taliban never gave up their fight to take the country back. The USA and the UK are currently pulling their forces out of Afghanistan. They are ending their time in the country after 20 years. The UN's special envoy for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, said the war there had entered "a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase". She warned that the country was heading for "catastrophe".

Question #24


  1. What did police take them on the Dawn Raids visits?

  2. How many Pacific Islanders went to work in New Zealand?

  3. Where did the police put the children of people who were deported?

  4. What was Ms Ardern covered in?

  5. Who do people not have faith in today?

  6. Who thanked Ms Ardern?

  1. The police used dogs to wake up the Pacific Islanders  ( أحد سكان جزر المحيط الهادئ) to deport (ترحيل) them

  2. 65,000

  3. The children were put in government care homes (ملجأ)

  4. She was covered with a large white mat

  1. They do not believe in authorities (السُلُطات)

  2. A Tongan princess (أميرة من تونغا)

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has apologized to Pacific Islanders for an immigration policy in the early 1970s. The policy was known as the Dawn Raids. These involved police with dogs waking up Pacific Islanders in the early hours of the morning to deport them. Pacific Islanders are from islands in the South Pacific such as Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. Over 65,000 Pacific Islanders relocated to New Zealand for work to help fill a shortage of workers. The Dawn Raids focused on those who allegedly overstayed their visas. Police deported them and put their children in government care homes. Most over- stayers at that time were from the UK, South Africa and Australia.

Ms Ardern expressed her government's "sorrow, remorse and regret" over the raids. She took part in a traditional Samoan forgiveness ceremony as part of her apology. She was covered with a large white mat to show forgiveness. Ardern said people still suffered from the memories of the raids, and that "they live on [today] in the disruption of trust and faith in authorities". She told Islanders: "The treatment of your ancestors was wrong." Ardern said Islanders in New Zealand today still "suffer the scars" from the discriminatory policy. A Tongan princess thanked Ardern for apologizing for the "inhumane and unjust" treatment of her people. She said the apology was "a new dawn for my community".

Question #25


  1. What do flavonoids give to fruit and vegetables?

  2. What do flavonoids increase the amount of in the brain?

  3. What food was mentioned besides blueberries, oranges and strawberries?

  4. What can a colourful diet rich in flavonoids promote?

  5. How many people did researchers look at in the study?

  6. What did a researcher say could be added to your plate?

  1. Flavonoids (مركبات الفلافونويد) give vegetables their colours

  2. Flavonoids increase the amount of oxygen going to the rbain

  3. Peppers

  4. A diet rich in flavonoids can promote (يشجّع) long-term (طويل الأمد) brain health 

  5. 77,000

  6. Adding colour / colourful foods

People around the world are living longer. This means there are more people who suffer from mental illnesses like dementia. Researchers have found that food can cut the chances of developing dementia. In particular, if people eat food that contains flavonoids, they could reduce their chances of getting dementia by a third. Flavonoids are chemicals that give fruit and vegetables their bright colours. They help increase the amount of oxygen going to the brain. They are in produce such as blueberries, oranges, peppers and strawberries. Researcher Dr Walter Willett from Harvard University said: "A colourful diet rich in flavonoids seems to be a good bet for promoting long-term brain health."

Dr Willett conducted a study of the eating habits and mental health of around 77,000 middle-aged people for 20 years. He discovered that people who ate more flavonoids were less likely to experience signs of cognitive decline later in their life. The researchers said people who ate more flavonoid-rich food were 38 per cent less likely to suffer from mental decline. Dr Willett said this meant people in their later years could feel up to four years younger with the right diet. He added: "Flavonoids are powerhouses when it comes to preventing your thinking skills from declining as you get older. Adding colour to your plate may lower the risk of cognitive decline."

Question #26


  1. What expensive liquid does the article mention besides perfume?

  2. What is the name of the consumer watchdog (حماية المستهلك) the article mentions?

  3. What did a watchdog say could be as good as branded ink cartridges (خرطوشة الحبر)?

  4. What did the consumer group say deciding which ink to use should be?

  1. Champagne and French perfumes

  2. The consumer watchdog is named "Which?"

  3. Non-branded (غير اصلية) cartridges

  4. A personal choice ( رغبة شخصية)

When we think of expensive liquids, quality champagne or French perfumes come to mind. You might be surprised to discover that printer ink is one of the world's costliest liquids. A survey from the U.K. consumer watchdog "Which?" revealed that some printer ink that is sold by tech companies is pricier than many champagnes. It reported that printer ink from printer makers can be up to 286% more expensive than alternative ink from companies that do not make printers. The watchdog said that some branded printer ink can cost as much as $846 a litre. A consumer rights expert from Which? said: "Printer ink shouldn't cost more than a bottle of high-end champagne or Chanel No 5."

Which? said non-branded ink cartridges can be as good as, if not better than the cartridges made by the big printer makers. The expert said: "We've found that there are lots of third-party products that are outperforming their branded counterparts at a fraction of the cost." Which? calculated that buying non-branded ink could save consumers around $398 a year. It added that deciding which ink to put in a printer should be "a personal choice and not dictated by the make of your printer". Printer manufacturers said they produce better quality ink. Epson said: "As non-genuine inks are not designed or tested by Epson, we cannot guarantee these inks will not damage the printer."

Question #27


  1. How does the article describe the past year as being?

  2. What does the article say there are fears of?

  3. What does Japan hope to showcase (يبرز) to the world?

  4. What does the article say a fireworks display did to Tokyo's night sky?

  5. How many people attended the Opening Ceremony?

  6. What is the capacity of the venue the Opening Ceremony took place in?

  7. Who declared the Olympic Games open?

  1. The article describes the past year as tumultuous (هائج)

  2. There are fears of a fifth wave of COVID-19.

  3. Japan hopes to showcase its culture to the world. 

  4. The fireworks display illuminated (ينير)

  5. 950 people

  6. 68,000 people

  7. Japanese Emperor (إمبراطور) Naruhito

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has lit the flame to finally open the 2020 Olympic Games. After a tumultuous year, the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony officially got under way, albeit a year late. Because of fears of a fifth wave of Covid-19 cases in Japan's capital, it has been touch and go as to whether or not the Summer Games would go ahead. The pandemic has already greatly impacted the event. It now takes place with no fans in attendance and several athletes having to withdraw after testing positive. Japan still hopes the Games will showcase its culture to the world. The Opening Ceremony drew to a close around midnight in Japan with a spectacular fireworks display illuminating Tokyo's night sky.

According to Tokyo 2020 organizers, 950 people attended the opening ceremony. This is in a venue with a capacity of 68,000. Attendees included Japan's Emperor Naruhito, the US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Emperor Naruhito declared the Games officially open. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said: "It is very different from what all of us had imagined, but let us cherish this moment because finally we are all here together. Today is a moment of hope." Naomi Osaka later tweeted about her excitement at lighting the flame. She said it was: "Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honour I will ever have in my life."

Question #28


  1. What do children who visit woodland (غابة) have a lower risk of?

  2. What is the university that conducted this research?

  3. What benefits did a professor say the sounds of nature gave children?

  4. How many children did researchers look at in their study?

  5. What did the researchers call rivers, lakes and seas?

  6. What kinds of tests did children take?

  7. What other term for "forest bathing" is used in the article?

  1. Children who visit the woodland have a lower risk of emotional problems. 

  2. University College London

  3. The sounds of nature provide psychological benefits to children.

  4. 3,568 children

  5. The researchers called them "blue space"

  6. The children took memory-based tests

  7. Forest therapy (علاج نفسي)

Children who live near woodland in a city have better mental health than children who do not. Researchers say children who visit and experience the great outdoors every day develop better thinking skills. They also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems. Lead author of the research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These findings contribute to our understanding of the natural environment as an important protective factor for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits for children.

In the four-year study, researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools in London. They examined the links between the natural environment and thinking skills, mental health and overall well- being. The researchers calculated how going to woodland and parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. They asked children to take memory-based tests. The children who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended all children experience "forest bathing" or "forest therapy". This is "being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a forest".

Question #29


  1. How many measures is the UK considering?

  2. What did the food expert Henry Dimbleby start?

  3. Who called one of the ideas a "snack tax"?

  4. What did the expert say poor people should get for free?

  5. What do poor diets put great pressure on?

  6. Who does the article say was not happy with the food strategy?

  7. Who did Boris Johnson not want to pay taxes?

  8. What did Boris Johnson was best to fight obesity besides exercise?

  1. Several measures

  2. Henry Dimbleberry started the National Food Strategy

  3. The media

  4. The poor should get free vegetables.

  5. Poor diets put pressure on the hospital system.

  6. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was unhappy with the strategy 

  7. He did not want hard working people to pay more taxes.

  8. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by eating less junk food

The UK is considering several measures to help people eat more healthily. The government asked a food expert to come up with some ideas. The expert is Henry Dimbleby, the founder of a chain of restaurants. Mr Dimbleby created the National Food Strategy and presented it to the UK government earlier this week. The strategy included two main ideas. One is a tax on food containing salt and sugar, which the media have called a "snack tax". The second idea is to give vegetables to poorer people for free. Mr Dimbleby warned that what we eat, and how it is produced, is doing "terrible damage" to the environment and to our health. Poor diet leads to 64,000 deaths a year in England and puts great pressure on hospitals.

Despite the government asking for the strategy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not happy with it. He said he could not support it because he was "not attracted to the idea of extra taxes on hard-working people". Mr Johnson said the strategy could increase the price of snack food by up to 13 per cent. He added that the best way to tackle obesity and to encourage healthier lifestyles was for people to exercise and eat less junk food. Mr Dimbleby said: "With the right leadership from government, it is well within our power to change the system so it makes both us and the planet healthier." He added: "We must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren."

Question #30


  1. What did scientists say the Amazon used to be?

  2. What moniker (اسم) does the article say the Amazon has?

  3. How many culprits (سبب) does the article list as reasons for the Amazon's flip?

  4. What profiles did scientists look at besides CO2?

  5. How much CO2 did forest growth remove?

  6. What country is the world's fifth-largest polluter?

  7. What kind of warning did the professor say this news is?

  1. A carbon "sink" where CO2 is  converted (يغيّر) to oxygen

  2. "The lungs of the world"

  3. Three culprits: logging (قطع الأ شجار ونقلها), deforestation (إزالة الغابات), and forest fires (حريق الغابة).

  4. Carbon monoxide

  5. 0.5 billion tons

  6. Japan is the world's fifth largest polluter

  7. A stark (صارخ) warning

Environmental scientists have revealed shocking news that parts of the Amazon rainforest are emitting more carbon dioxide than they are absorbing. The scientists said the forest is now producing over a billion tons of CO2 a year. They say the Amazon used to be a carbon "sink". This is where CO2 was sucked up and converted into oxygen. However, it has now become a source of carbon dioxide. The forest is at risk of losing its moniker of being the lungs of the world. Researchers are predicting the rainforest will create more CO2 at an accelerating rate in the future. The biggest culprits for the Amazon's flipping from sink to source are logging, deforestation and a growing number of forest fires.

The research on the Amazon's CO2 emissions has been published in the journal "Nature". Researchers analysed 600 profiles of CO2 and carbon monoxide emissions produced by fires at various sites in Brazil's Amazon between 2010 and 2018. They found that the fires produced about 1.5 billion tons of CO2 a year, while forest growth removed just 0.5 billion tons. The researchers said the difference of one billion tons left in the atmosphere is equivalent to the annual emissions of Japan, which is the world's fifth-largest polluter. Professor Simon Lewis, from University College London, said: "The south-east Amazon sink-to-source story is yet another stark warning that climate impacts are accelerating."

Question #31


  1. Where in South Korea are gyms not allowed to play fast music?

  2. What are the measures designed to stop people doing too quickly?

  3. What is the fastest speed at which gyms can play songs?

  4. How does the article say fans of the group BTS will feel?

  5. Who did South Korea's president feel sorry for?

  6. Who is unhappy with the new rules?

  7. What did a gym owner suggest might not spread the virus?

  8. What do many people use in gyms these days?

  9. What is there a new limit of 6kph for?

  1. Seoul, the capital city.

  2. These are measures to stop people to stop breathing too quickly or to splash (يترشّش) sweat onto each other. 

  3. 120 beats per minute

  4. They will feel relieved because the song is only 115 beats per minute (BPM)

  5. He feels sorry for business owners affected by the rules.

  6. A gym owner

  7. The gym owner suggests that listening to music does not affect te virus' spread.

  8. Earphones (سماعة)

  9. The new speed limit is for the treadmills

Gyms and fitness clubs in and around South Korea's capital Seoul now have a limit on what kind of music they can play. The government has set a maximum speed on the tunes allowed. This is to limit the spread of Covid-19. There are the beginnings of a new coronavirus wave in South Korea. The new measures are to stop people breathing too quickly or splashing sweat on each other. Health officials have told gyms not to play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute (bpm). The songs Bad Romance by Lady Gaga and Le Freak by the group Chic fall just under the limit at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will be relieved to know they can work out to BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum warned the nation that the country had reached "maximum crisis level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business owners affected by the rules. He said: "I can't help but feel very sorry to once again ask the citizens for a little more patience." Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is whether playing classical music or songs by BTS has been proved to have any impact on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their own earphones...these days, so how do you control their playlists?" Another new rule is that treadmills will be limited to a maximum speed of 6kph.

Question #32


  1. What is the shape of the Deep Dive Dubai complex?

  2. How many seats does the Deep Dive Dubai restaurant have?

  3. What will movie-makers be able to shoot at Deep Dive Dubai?

  4. What did Dubai's Crown Prince do at Deep Dive Dubai?

  5. What do the 56 cameras do at Deep Dive Dubai?

  6. What is Deep Dive Dubai staffed by a team of?

  1. The dive complex is oyster (محارة) shaped

  2. The restaurant has 80 seats

  3. Movie-makers can shoot/film/ (يصوّر) underwater scenes.

  4. The Crown Prince did a dive at the pool.

  5. The cameras are used to ensure/( يضمن) the divers stay safe

  6. Expert diving professionals

Dubai is famous for world records. It has the world's tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping mall and the most luxurious hotel. The city in the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is filled with nearly 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount of water that is in six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water temperature is 30o Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick wetsuits. The pool is part of an oyster-shaped underground complex. It has an 80-seat restaurant and conference rooms. There is also an aquatic film studio with a complete editing room. This means movie-makers will use the complex to film underwater scenes.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the first guests at Deep Dive Dubai. He tested the water and did a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website invites visitors to "explore a stunning underwater attraction that is themed to resemble an abandoned sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to explore this vast underwater city, which is filled with adventure and wonder. The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to ensure the safety of the divers. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods." The pool is staffed by a team of expert international diving professionals.

Question #33


  1. Does he enjoy visiting the doctor? 
  2. Why do you need health insurance in the United States?
  3. Is health insurance cheap in the United States?
  4. Does health insurance completely cover medical expenses?
  5. Does he think insurance is worth it? 
  6. What happens to his blood pressure at the doctor's office?
  7. What are some disadvantages of a private practice doctor?

  1. No, he hates it because it makes him nervous
  2. Because the cost of medical care is very expensive/astronomical/(كبير جدًّا)
  3. No, it costs hundreds of dollars
  4. No, there is still a deductible (استقطاع)
  5. Yes, to make sure you are covered for any major events
  6. It is higher than normal because he feels nervous.
  7. They have limited resources

Question #34


  1. What are some reasons why people might immigrate? 
  2. Has the speaker lived abroad  (خارج البلاد) before? 
  3. What are osme words he uses to describe how his personality changed when he  travelled to a foreign country? 
  4. Why is it sometimes a good idea to move to a different country for your career? 
  5. Where did he move? 
  6. What are the disadvantages of moving abroad? 

  1. People might immigrate for a better job, a safer environment, or a change of scenery (تغيير الاتجاه)
  2. Yes, for four years
  3. He felt like he "broke out of his shell" (الخروج من قوقعته), he was forced "out of his comfort zone" (خارج منطقة راحته)
  4. If your country's salary is low or if their currency is not strong.
  5. He moved to Mexico
  6. Missing your family members/love ones; culture shock (صدمة ثقافية); and losing your sense of home

Question #35


  1. Why are natural disasters (الكوارث الطبيعية) an interesting topic?
  2. Do most earthquakes cause severe (شديدة) damage? 
  3. How often do earthquakes happen in Chile and Japan?
  4. Where did hurricane (اعصار) Katrina strike? 
  5. Where do tornadoes mostly happen in the US and why?
  6. Why do floods happen? 
  7. Why does he hate the rainy season in Mexico? 

  1. Because some regions experience natural disasters on a regular basis. 
  2. No, most earthquakes only cause minor damage
  3. Earthquakes are felt almost every week.
  4. The city of New Orleans.
  5. In the middle, because it is flat. 
  6. Because of poor infrastructure (بنية تحتيّة)
  7. Because the floods cause traffic congestion (زحمة السير)

Question #36


  1. Who invented the phone?
  2. What is a patent?
  3. Between which two states was the first transcontinental (عابر القارات) phone call made? 
  4. Which company made the first cell phone? 
  5. In the speaker's opinion, which do people prefer: calling or texting? 
  6. Do people prefer to use their cellphone or computer?

  1. Alexander Graham Bell
  2. It is a government license that prevents other people from copying an invention for a period of time
  3. New York and San Francisco
  4. Motorola
  5. They prefer to text
  6.  They prefer to use the cellphone.

Question #37


  1. What is procrastination?
  2. How does he advise avoiding procrastination?
  3. Does he enjoy being organized and only doing a little bit at a time?
  4. When is the best time to do a hard task?
  5. What is his advice about making goals?

  1. Procrastination (تأجيل) means to delay/postpone your work until a later time.
  2. By doing a little bit of work everyday.
  3. No, because he still worries about the work he needs to do in the future.
  4. In the morning, so that you can enjoy your time later.
  5. He advises you to make goals that can be measured. For example, walking 2 km per day. 

Question #38


  1. What is tipping?
  2. Why is tipping stressful for foreigners?
  3. Has the amount to tip increased or decreased?
  4. What happens if you do not leave a tip in the US? 
  5. Where do Americans tip? 
  6. Where do you leave the tip for the maid? 

  1. Tipping is when you give money to someone who does a service for you. 
  2. Because Americans tip a lot more than other countries (for example, 15% tip/gratuity/إكرامية)
  3. It has increased to 18%.
  4. The waiter may come and ask you why you chose not to tip.
  5. At the barber, the bellhop/خادم فندق, for a maid/housekeeper/خادمة.
  6. Where do you leave the tip for the maid? On the corner of your hotel's table.

Question #39


  1. What do you call family-owned businesses in the US?
  2. What is a diner?
  3. How does he describe the increased tip expected nowadays?

  1. Mom and pop businesses (متجر أمي وأبي)
  2. A diner is a restaurant that sells typical American food (e.g., hamburgers, eggs, sausage, pancakes, etc.,)
  3. He thinks it is crazy/ludicrous.

Question #40


Match the face to the name

Names: Mr Parker, Mrs King, Mr Willis, Miss Wood, Mr Johnson, Mr Chandler, Mr Joseph, Mrs Brighouse, Mrs Amos, Ms Tully

 

Mrs. King

Mr Parker

Mr Willis

Mr Johnson

Mr Chandler

Mrs Brighouse

Mr Joseph

Miss Tully

Mrs Amos

Miss Wood

Question #41


  1. How many modules will the students study?
  2. How many modules will the students do this term?
  3. Who will teach the rivers module?
  4. How many exams will they have? 
  5. How long should students spend on homework? 
  6. Why are the projects important?
  7. What will they do once a month? 
  8. Do they follow a specific textbook?

  1. 4
  2. 2
  3. Ms. Holiday
  4. 2
  5. 30 minutes
  6. Because they contribute to the final mark
  7. Fieldwork/العمل الميداني
  8. No, they instead provide a list of books to read.

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Question #47


Use the words "comfortable" and "uncomfortable" to describe how comfortable the man or woman is with talking about the subject:

Topic Woman Man
Nationality    
College name and major    
Height and weight    
Age    
Single or married    
Information about family members    
Where you were born    
Job    
Salary    
Opinions about politiclal situation    
Religious beliefs    
Hobbies and interests    

 

Topic Woman Man
Nationality Comfortable Comfortable
College name and major Comfortable Uncomfortable
Height and weight Comfortable Uncomfortable
Age Comfortable Uncomfortable
Single or married Comfortable Uncomfortable
Information about family members Comfortable Comfortable
Where you were born Comfortable Comfortable
Job Comfortable Comfortable
Salary Uncomfortable Comfortable
Opinions about politiclal situation Comfortable Uncomfortable
Religious beliefs Uncomfortable Comfortable
Hobbies and interests Comfortable Comfortable

Question #48


Which of these sites does Erica want to visit?

  1. Arndale Centre
  2. Chinatown
  3. Old Trafford
  4. The Printworks
  5. Manchester Museum
  6. University of Manchester Library
  7. The Royal Exchange Theatre

Which of these sites does Erica want to visit?

  1. Arndale Centre
  2. Chinatown
  3. Old Trafford
  4. The Printworks
  5. Manchester Museum
  6. University of Manchester Library (could be yes or no)
  7. The Royal Exchange Theatre

Question #49


You will hear two people talking about meetings. Jun-ha Kim works for a Korean company. Stefan WeiI works for a Swiss company. Before you listen, try to match the phrases to the speaker. Then listen to see if you are correct.

  1. After we make the decision, we sometimes find a lot of problems.

  2. Punctuality is really important.

  3. Face-to-face communication isimportant.

  4. I guess it's a kind of ceremony.

  5. Sometunes people are late.

  6. It's important that everyone gives their ideas freely.

  7. It takes us a long time to make a decision, but after the decision is made we can move very quickly.

  8. I have to think carefully about what I want to say.

  1. After we make the decision, we sometimes find a lot of problems. Stefan

  2. Punctuality is really important. Jun-ha

  3. Face-to-face communication is important. Stefan

  4. I guess it's a kind of ceremony. Jun-ha

  5. Sometimes people are late. Stefan

  6. It's important that everyone gives their ideas freely. Stefan

  7. It takes us a long time to make a decision, but after the decision is made we can move very quickly. Jun-ha

  8. I have to think carefully about what I want to say. Jun-ha

Question #50


Automated voicemail systems are very popular in large businesses. Listen as the man tries to change his flight reservation. As you listen, mark his route on the voicemail 'map' below.

Question #51


  1. Where is the man from? 
  2. Why did the driver dislike the English man? 
  3. What did the receptionist (موظف الإستقبال) tell the lady when she saw that her hotel room was left unclean? 
  4. Was she happy with the receptionist's answer? 
  5. What was wrong with the ravioli?
  6. What was the father's problem with the bill? 
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  1. The man is from England.
  2. Because he considers the English to be "football hooligans" / (تعصب كروي)
  3. He told her that she would have to wait half an hour to prepare the room.  
  4. No, she asked for a different room instead.
  5. It had a hair in it.
  6. He thought that because he found the ravioli, he should not have to pay for it.

Question #52


  1. What is the major reason why he chose to open a restaurant in Chile?
  2. Is the restaurant owner's first name Frederick? 
  3. Why does he think the Chilean people were surprised that he would open a restaurant in their country?  
  4. Are the dishes popular among Chileans? 
  5. Why does he think the Chileans prefer dessert? 
  6. Where is the best place in England to eat? Why? 
  7. Why does he think mostly men work in restaurants? 
  8. What is the major food he misses from England? 

Stilton cheese - Wikipedia

  1. Because it is cheaper. 
  2. No, it is his second name / middle name, as well as his father's name.
  3. Because people do not consider the English as good cooks. 
  4. Yes, especially the dessert. 
  5. Because he thinks they have a sweet tooth / حب الحلويات
  6. Gastro-pubs, or bars/pubs that are also restaurants. This is because he thinks they serve good food that is not very expensive. 
  7. Because it is hot, the hours are not very good, and because women do not like being shouted at.
  8. Cheese, especially Stilton, a type of blue cheese. 

Stilton cheese - Wikipedia

Question #53


  1. What did Sally get? 
  2. Was she hungry? Why? 
  3. Who opened the pub/بار, Robertson or Gallagher? 
  4. What is the man's sister's name? Do we know the wife's mother's name?  
  5. What does the Grandmother want to buy the daughter? What does the grandfather suggest instead? 
  6. What is Mark Reid's membership number?

  1. She got orange juice
  2. No, because she was not feeling well. 
  3. Gallagher opened the pub, while Robertson coaches the junior team for Liverpool. 
  4. The sister's name is Anne, but we do not know the wife's mother's name. 
  5. The grandmother wants to buy a sweater, while the grandfather suggests giving her money instead.
  6. 040155

Question #54


  1. What was happening at the pub?
  2. Does he remember anything about his past? 
  3. Have they been keeping in touch (يبقى على اتصال) since the meeting? 

  1. They were having a reunion / اجتماع الشمل
  2. No, he has mostly forgotten the past. 
  3. Yes, through e-mail.

Question #55


The script will play twice. Ignore the music at the end.

  1. What is the new departure time (وقت المغادرة) of the flight?

  2. What must the woman do if she has a problem? 

  3. What time will the train arrive?

  4. Why is there a delay?

  1. 3:40

  2. She must call the ticket office

  3. 10:30

  4. Because of bad weather

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Question #57


Conversation 1

Conversation 2

Conversation 3

Question #58


  1. When does the Centre open? 
  2. Where do you book computers? 
  3. Where is the best place to meet teachers? 
  4. How many language teachers are there? 
  5. What is the topic of the art exhibition? 
  6. What type of music will be played this evening? 
  7. On which floor will lunch take place? 

 

  1. 10:45
  2. At the reception.
  3. At a café next to the reception
  4. 16
  5. Friendship
  6. Classical music.
  7. Second floor.

Question #59


  1. Which subject is Katya most concerned about?
    1. History.
    2. Science.
    3. Geography.
  2. Why does Katya think she has lowmarks? She
    1.  finds it difficult.
    2.  gets no help from teachers.
    3.  doesn’t know why.
  3. Why does Katya worry about projects? They’re
    1.  harder than exams.
    2.  work done at home.
    3.  part of the final mark.
  4. Why does Katya find using the web difficult?
    1.  Her computer’s confusing.
    2.  There’s too much material.
    3.  It takes ages to start.
  5. Mr Finlay wants Katya to
    1.  get help from a teacher.
    2.  talk to all her teachers.
    3.  ask friends to explain.
  6. What does Mr Finlay decide to do?
    1.  Ask students for help.
    2.  Teach Katya about IT.
    3.  Provide IT advice for students

  1. Which subject is Katya most concerned about?
    1. History.
    2. Science.
    3. Geography.
  2. Why does Katya think she has low marks? She
    1.  finds it difficult.
    2.  gets no help from teachers.
    3.  doesn’t know why.
  3. Why does Katya worry about projects? They’re
    1.  harder than exams.
    2.  work done at home.
    3.  part of the final mark.
  4. Why does Katya find using the web difficult?
    1.  Her computer’s confusing.
    2.  There’s too much material.
    3.  It takes ages to start.
  5. Mr Finlay wants Katya to
    1.  get help from a teacher.
    2.  talk to all her teachers.
    3.  ask friends to explain.
  6. What does Mr Finlay decide to do?
    1.  Ask students for help.
    2.  Teach Katya about IT.
    3.  Provide IT advice for students.

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Question #61


The speakers are in

  • a hotel.
  • a hospital.
  • a doctor’s office.

The man is

  • offering some help.
  • making a request.
  • giving permission.

The speakers are mainly talking about

  • a journey.
  • a passport.
  • a flight.

The woman finally got home by

  • plane and train.
  • plane and taxi.
  • plane and bus.

The woman is

  • angry.
  • thirsty.
  • upset.

The man feels

  • a police woman.
  • a doctor.
  • a neighbour.

The speakers are in

  • a hotel.
  • a hospital.
  • a doctor’s office.

The man is

  • offering some help.
  • making a request.
  • giving permission.

The speakers are mainly talking about

  • a journey.
  • a passport.
  • a flight.

The woman finally got home by

  • plane and train.
  • plane and taxi.
  • plane and bus.

The woman is

  • a police woman.
  • a doctor.
  • a neighbour.

The man feels

  • angry.
  • thirsty.
  • upset.

Question #62


  1. What is the upper age limit for the competition
  2. Which e-mail address should submissions/(التقديمات) be sent to?
  3. How many words should they write
  4. What people can play?
  5. Who will help?
  6. How many winners will be selected?
  7. In what month will the winners tbe announced?

  1. 21 years old
  2. stu@diamond.com
  3. 100 words
  4. People can play music
  5. The search team
  6. 5 winners
  7. October

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Question #65


Conversation 1
1. The speakers
a) are very old friends.
b) have never met before.
c) haven't met for ages.
2. The place where the speakers meet is now
a) a hotel.
b) a school.
c) a house.
Conversation 2
3. The man is
a) Jeanie's teacher.
b) a friend of Jeanie's.
c) related to Jeanie.
4. Where is Jeanie at the moment?
a) At home.
b) Studying abroad.
c) Travelling.
Conversation 3
5. At the start of the conversation, the man seems to be
a) upset.
b) worried.
c) confused.
6. The woman is describing
a) safe ways of sending photos.
b) different postage choices.
c) the cost of different packets.

Conversation 1
1. The speakers
a) are very old friends.
b) have never met before.
c) haven't met for ages.
2. The place where the speakers meet is now
a) a hotel.
b) a school.
c) a house.
Conversation 2
3. The man is
a) Jeanie's teacher.
b) a friend of Jeanie's.
c) related to Jeanie.
4. Where is Jeanie at the moment?
a) At home.
b) Studying abroad.
c) Travelling.
Conversation 3
5. At the start of the conversation, the man seems to be
a) upset.
b) worried.
c) confused.
6. The woman is describing
a) safe ways of sending photos.
b) different postage choices.
c) the cost of different packets.

Question #66


1. Official opening time:
…………………………………………………………………………
2. Cost of parking for visitors:
…………………………………………………………………………
3. What visitors need tickets for:
…………………………………………………………………………
4. Which sign to follow:
…………………………………………………………………………
5. How long Principal’s been there:
…………………………………………………………………………
6. Weather forecast:
…………………………………………………………………………
7. How to contact Jules:
…………………………………………………………………………

1. Official opening time:
11:00
2. Cost of parking for visitors:
free
3. What visitors need tickets for:
lunch at the school restaurant
4. Which sign to follow:
the sign that has "library" on it
5. How long Principal’s been there:
18 years
6. Weather forecast:
sunny
7. How to contact Jules:
by mobile phone

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