Exercise 1

A. Listen. Circle the correct answers.

 Mario is looking for a new house because ___.

      a   his wife is going to have a baby

      b   he’s moving to a new city

      c   he’s going to school

 Mario is learning about ___.

      a   computer software

      b   photography

      c   engineering

 Sarah is taking ___ in the spring.

      a   a workshop

      b   a class

      c   a vacation

B. Listen. Complete the conversation.

Sarah:   So, what are you doing these days?

Mario:   I’m taking an online class.

Sarah:   That’s ___________.

Mario:   Yeah, it’s pretty interesting. What’s going on with you?

Sarah:   Well, I’m studying Japanese.

Mario:   That’s really ___________!

Answers & Audioscripts

A

Sarah:   Hi, Mario! It’s good to see you! When you did arrive in town?

Mario:   A few hours ago. Just in time for our meeting this afternoon. How are you doing?

Sarah:   I’m good, thanks. What are you doing these days? Are you still in Quito?

Mario:   Yes, but my wife and I are looking for a new house. She’s six months pregnant, so we really need to find a bigger place.

Sarah:   Oh, wow! That’s so exciting! Congratulations.

Mario:   Thanks. I’ve been busy! I’m taking an online class now, too.

Sarah:   Oh, yeah? What kind of class are you taking?

Mario:   A programming class. I’m learning a lot about computer software.

Sarah:   That sounds interesting,

Mario:   It is. So, what’s going on with you?

Sarah:   Well, I’m taking a class, too. I’m studying Japanese! I want to visit Japan so I’m trying to learn the language.

Mario:   That’s really cool!

Sarah:   Yeah. Things have been busy at the Toronto office so I could use a break.

Mario:   Have you been to Japan before?

Sarah:   No, I haven’t. I want to go in the spring during sakura season.

Mario:   Sakura season?

Sarah:   Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms.

Mario:   I didn’t know that.

Sarah:   Yep. The cherry blossoms bloom around that time and they only last for a couple of weeks in each city. It’s supposed to be a fun time to visit.

Mario:   That sounds amazing. What part of Japan are you going to?

Sarah:   I plan to fly into Tokyo and will spend a few days visiting different parts of the city. I also hope to visit Kyoto. I want to see all of the shrines and temples.

Mario:   Sounds great. Take lots of pictures!

Sarah:   Definitely.

B

Sarah:   So, what are you doing these days?

Mario:   I’m taking an online class.

Sarah:   That’s great.

Mario:   Yeah, it’s pretty interesting. What’s going on with you?

Sarah:   Well, I’m studying Japanese.

Mario:   That’s really cool!

Exercise 2

A. Listen. Put a checkmark (✓) next to the correct name.

 

Living with parents

Started a business

Lost his job

Quit his job

Took business classes

Eddie

 

 

 

 

 

Mark

 

 

 

 

 

B. Listen. Complete the conversation.

Sarah:   How’s your brother?

Mario:   OK. He quit his job __________ his office moved.

Sarah:   Oh. That’s too bad.

Mario:   Yeah. He’s doing all right. How’s your husband?

Sarah:   He’s great. He started his own business __________ he took some classes.

Mario:   Wow! Good for him.

Answers & Audioscripts

A

Sarah:   So, what else is new? How’s your family doing?

Mario:   They’re good, thanks. I am a little worried about my brother Eddie, though. He quit his job when his office moved to another city.

Sarah:   Really? I thought he liked his job.

Mario:   He did, but he didn’t want to drive two hours to get to the office.

Sarah:   Oh. Is he OK?

Mario:   Yeah, he’s fine. But he was pretty upset when he first heard the news.

Sarah:   That’s too bad. So, what’s he doing?

Mario:   He’s living with my parents now, and he’s looking for a new job.

Sarah:   Well, I’m sure he’ll find something soon.

Mario:   Thanks. I think so, too. So, what’s going on with you? How’s your husband doing?

Sarah:   Mark is doing well. He started his own business after he lost his job at the bank a while ago.

Mario:   I’m sorry to hear that. But wow, I mean, good for him! What kind of business?

Sarah:   A café.

Mario:   That’s a big change!

Sarah:   It is. But he’s an amazing cook. And he took some business classes before he opened the café.

Mario:   I’m happy for both of you. It’s a lot of work to own your own business.

Sarah:   Yeah, it is. I’m helping him when I can but I have my job at TSW, too. And our ten year-old son, and our dog . . .

Mario:   I don’t know how you do it all, Sarah.

Sarah:   I don’t know either! We’re having fun, but I don’t sleep a lot.

Mario:   Well, with my new baby coming, in a few weeks we both won’t be getting any sleep!

B

Sarah:   How’s your brother?

Mario:   OK. He quit his job when his office moved.

Sarah:   Oh. That’s too bad.

Mario:   Yeah. He’s doing alright. How’s your husband?

Sarah:   He’s great. He started his own business after he took some classes.

Mario:   Wow! Good for him.

Exercise 3

A. Listen. Circle the correct answers.

1   What is Sarah doing on Friday?

      a   She’s meeting a friend.

      b   She’s going home.

      c   She’s going souvenir shopping.

2   When do Sarah and Mario plan to go on a tour?

      a   before souvenir shopping

      b   after dinner

      c   before the conference

3   Who does Sarah need to shop for?

      a   herself

      b   her friends

      c   her family

4   What’s the problem with their dinner plans?

      a   They can’t agree on a restaurant.

      b   The restaurant is booked.

      c   The restaurant is closed.

B. Listen. Complete the conversation.

Mario:   Do you want to go sightseeing tonight?

Sarah:   Sorry, I have plants. _________ we do something tomorrow?

Mario:   Sure. What do you want to do?

Sarah:   _________ go on a tour.

Mario:   OK. That sounds great.

Sarah:   Sorry, I have plans.

Answers & Audioscripts

A

Mario:   Do you have any plans for tonight? It is Friday after all. Do you want to go sightseeing? There’s always something interesting to see.

Sarah:   Sorry, I have plans. I’m meeting an old friend. Why don’t we do something tomorrow?

Mario:   Sure. What do you want to do?

Sarah:   Let’s go on a tour. Why don’t we try one of those bus tours?

Mario:   OK. That sounds great!

Sarah:   I think there’s a bus tour that starts in Chinatown. Why don’t we meet there?

Mario:   OK. Oh, and I want to get my mother in-law something. Do you need to go souvenir shopping, too?

Sarah:   Let me see.

Mario:   Wow. That’s a lot of key chains.

Sarah:   Wait.

Mario:   So you don’t need to go.

Sarah:   No, we can go. Let’s go after the tour. I need to get something for my husband and son.

Mario:   But who are all those souvenirs for then?

Sarah:   They’re all for me, Mario!

Mario:   Oh, right! OK.

Sarah:   After we go souvenir shopping, do you want to go to dinner? My husband told me about this great restaurant in Chinatown.

Mario:   Sounds like a plan. He is a chef now after all.

Sarah:   Why don’t I make a reservation? Oh, my goodness!

Mario:   What?

Sarah:   They’re completely booked! We can get a reservation next month if you want to go then!

B

Mario:   Do you want to go sightseeing tonight?

Sarah:   Sorry, I have plans. Why don’t we do something tomorrow?

Mario:   Sure. What do you want to do?

Sarah:   Let’s go on a tour.

Mario:   OK. That sounds great.

Exercise 4

A. Listen the article. What is the article mainly about?

a   how all tech companies are helping employees to be better workers

b   the importance of friendships at work and what some companies are doing

c   which companies are the best to work for if you’re looking to make new friends

B. Listen the article again. Circle the correct answers.

1   People are more loyal to their companies when they have ___ at work.

      a   friends      b   free food     

      c   more vacations

2   Research about friendships at work shows that people ___.

      a   aren’t interested in having friends at work

      b   feel more involved when they have friends at work

      c   don’t work hard when they have too many friends at work

3   Zappos asks its employees if they know each other so that ___.

      a   they think about who they know at work

      b   the company can learn more about their employees

      c   managers know about friendships at the company

4   Camille James joined the bowling team to ___.

      a   get more exercise     

      b   get to know people     

      c   learn a new sport

5   Zappos and Google encourage friendships at work by ___.

      a   giving away free food

      b   providing a gym where people can meet

      c   planning fun events for employees

Answers & Audioscripts

DO FRIENDSHIPS WORK AT WORK?

Many people around the world spend a lot of time at work. In fact, they spend more time with co-workers than with friends and family. With all the time we spend at our jobs, does it make a difference to us or to our employers if we become friends with our co-workers?

Research shows that employees are 50 percent happier with their jobs when they have friends at work. And for that reason, they’re more likely to work harder and be loyal to their companies. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review highlights the importance of friendships in the workplace. According to the article, “Friendships at Work,” these friendships help to create “a common sense of purpose and the mentality that we are in it together.”

Many companies are starting to see the value of friendships in the workplace and have thought of some interesting ways to help build these friendships. For example, Zappos, the online shoe company, has a very special way to make sure its employees think about friendship. Every time employees log on to their computers, they see a picture of another employee. Then they are asked some questions. How well do you know this person? Do you just say hello? Do you spend time together after work? Are you really good friends? In this way, Zappos asks employees to think about the other people in the office. “My hope,” says Zappos owner Tony Hsieh, “is that we can have more employees who plan to be close friends.” The company also encourages everything from cookouts to bowling parties. They believe that people who know each other better will work together better.

Other companies also work hard to help their employees make friends. Google is famous for encouraging friendships at work. The company has game rooms, a rock climbing wall, a gym, and a swimming pool. They even have restaurants with free food so that employees can spend time together. Employee Camille James moved from Tokyo to California to work for Google. She belongs to a bowling team and a salsa dance group at the company. She says that they help “break down the walls” that can happen in a large organization.

Research shows that people stay longer at companies and are better employees when they have friends at work. So, when you’re looking for your next job, look for a company that encourages people to have friends at work. You will probably like your job more, and you’ll be a better employee!

Exercise 5

A. Listen. What is Yu talking about?

B. Listen again. Answer the questions.

 What is Yu doing these days? _____________________

 Where is Yu living these days? _____________________

 What does Yu do on the weekends? _____________________

Answers & Audioscripts

Hi everyone! It’s Yu. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately. I’m still studying engineering, but I’m also working at a lab on the weekends. Here’s the lab. I’m not living with my parents anymore. I’m living in the dormitory at the university. Here’s a picture of my dorm room. On the weekends, I love spending time with my friends. We like to play cards or sing karaoke. What’s going on with you these days?

Exercise 6

A. Listen to the conversations. Is the action happening now, in the future, or is this a temporary situation? Check (✓) the correct box.

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

now / at the moment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

temporary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers & Audioscripts

1 A:   What are you doing next summer?

   B:   I’m visiting my family in Mexico.

2 A:   Is Alex still living in Miami?

   B:   No, he’s teaching English in Japan for a month.

3 A:   Can Susie join us for dinner later?

   B:   No, she’s playing chess at the center tonight.

4 A:   Why isn’t Mark here?

   B:   He’s working at the café.

5 A:   Are Brian and Kathy still looking for a new house?

   B:   Yes. They’re still living in an apartment in the city.

6 A:   Are you busy at the moment?

   B:   A little. I’m finishing my homework.

7 A:   What’s Karen doing these days?

   B:   She’s working at her parent’s restaurant this summer.

8 A:   When are you leaving for your vacation?

   B:   In two weeks.

B. Listen. Complete the conversation with the words you hear.

A:   What do you want to do tonight?

B:   1_________ go to a concert?

A:   2_________ go to a concert. They’re so loud! I want to do something quiet.

B:   OK. 3_________ go on a walking tour of the city?

A:   No, it’s too cold. 4_________ do something indoors.

B:   Hmm. Let me think. Do you like art? 5_________ go to a museum?

A:   I don’t really like museums.

B:   OK. I know! 6_________ go shopping.

A:   OK, sounds great. Do you want to have dinner first? 1_________ go to a sushi place.

B:   We always get sushi. 8_________ have sushi again.

A:   9_________ try that new French restaurant?

B:   Perfect!

Answers & Audioscripts

A:   What do you want to do tonight?

B:   Why don’t we go to a concert?

A:   Let’s not go to a concert. They are so loud! I want to do something quiet.

B:   OK. Why don’t we go on a walking tour of the city?

A:   No, it’s too cold. Let’s do something indoors.

B:   Hmm. Let me think. Do you like art? Why don’t we go to a museum?

A:   I don’t really like museums.

B:   OK. I know! Let’s go shopping.

A:   OK, sounds great. Do you want to have dinner first? Let’s go to a sushi place.

B:   We always get sushi. Let’s not have sushi again.

A:   Why don’t we try that new French restaurant?

B:   Perfect!

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