Listen to Rob and Holly and answer the questions.
1 What reason does Rob give for why he isn’t in shape?
2 Why does he find it difficult to eat less?
3 How does he keep fit in London?
4 Why doesn’t he do the same in New York?
5 How does Jenny keep fit?
6 What does Holly think about this?
7 What does Holly suggest that Rob could do?
8 What does Rob need to do first?
1 He says he’s eating too much.
2 Because he eats out all the time in New York and the portions are very big.
3 He cycles in London.
4 Because he doesn’t have a bike (he lives near the office and is only going to stay for another three weeks).
5 She goes running before and after work.
6 Holly thinks running is very boring.
7 He could play basketball with Holly and her friends.
8 He needs to buy some trainers (sneakers in American English).
H = Holly, R = Rob
H Hey, Rob, come on. Keep up.
R Sorry. I’m a bit tired this morning.
H You aren’t exactly in good shape, are you?
R I know, I know. I think I’m eating too much.
H Then eat less!
R It isn’t easy. I eat out all the time. And the portions in American restaurants are enormous.
H You don’t do enough exercise.
R I walk a lot.
H Walking isn’t enough, Rob. Do you do anything to keep fit?
R I cycle when I’m in London…
H So why don’t you get a bike here?
R I’m only here for another three weeks. Anyway, my hotel’s near the office. I don’t need a bike.
H You know, Jennifer goes running all the time. Before and after work. But I just think that running is so boring. I mean, where’s the fun?
R Yeah, I’m not very keen on running.
H So why don’t you play basketball with me and my friends?
R OK. That’s a great idea! But I don’t have any trainers.
H Trainers? Sneakers! You can buy some.
R Is there a sports shop near here?
H Sure, there’s one across the street.
Listen. Answer the questions.
1 What’s the problem with Rob’s trainers?
2 What does he do in the end?
1 They are too small.
2 He exchanges them for another pair.
S = shop assistant, R = Rob
S Can I help you, sir?
R Yes. Do you have these in an eight?
S Just a minute. I’ll go and check.
S Here you are, these are an eight. Do you want to try them on?
R No, thanks. I’m sure they’ll be fine. How much are they?
S They’re $83.94.
R Oh, it says $72.99.
S Yes, but there’s an added sales tax of fifteen per cent.
R Oh, OK. Do you take Mastercard?
S Can I help you?
R Yes, I bought these about half an hour ago.
S Yes, I remember. Is there a problem?
R Yes, I’m afraid they’re too small.
S What size are they?
R They’re an eight. But I take a UK eight.
S Oh, right. Yes, a UK eight is a US nine.
R Do you have a pair?
S I’ll go and check. Just a minute.
S I’m sorry, but we don’t have these in a nine. But we do have these, and they’re the same price. Or you can have a refund.
R Erm…I’ll take this pair, then, please.
S No problem. Do you have the receipt?
R Yes, here you are.
Listen and circle the correct answer.
1 Rob went to Boston / Brooklyn.
2 He shows / doesn’t show Jenny his new trainers.
3 Jenny goes running every morning / evening in Central Park.
4 She wants to go running with him at 6:45 / 7:45.
5 Rob thinks it’s too early / late.
6 They agree to meet at 6:45 / 7:15.
7 Holly thinks Rob has / doesn’t have a lot of energy.
1 Brooklyn 2 shows 3 morning 4 6:45 5 early
6 7:15 7 has
R = Rob, J = Jenny
R Hi, Jenny.
J Oh, hi.
R Have you had a good day?
J Oh, you know. Meetings! What about you?
R It was great. I went to Brooklyn and met some really interesting people.
J And you had time to go shopping, too.
R What? Oh yeah. I’ve just bought these.
J What are they?
R A pair of trainers – er, sneakers.
J Nice. Why did you buy sneakers?
R I think I need to get a bit fitter.
J Oh, I’m impressed. You know, I go running every morning in Central Park.
R Do you?
J It’s so beautiful early in the morning. Why don’t you come with me?
R Er…sure. Why not?
J Great! I’ll come by your hotel tomorrow morning.
R OK. What time?
J Six forty-five?
R Can we make it a bit later? Say, seven forty-five?
J That’s too late, Rob. Let’s make it seven fifteen.
J Excellent. See you later.
H Basketball and running, Rob? You must have a lot of energy.
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