Exercise 1 – Requests and Permission
Listen and answer the questions.
1 What does Jacques ask Mark to do?
2 What does Mark ask Ben to do?
3 What does Nicole ask Allie?
1 To send him the concert dates.
2 To help him (open a computer document).
3 If she can have tomorrow afternoon off.
J = Jacques, M = Mark, B = Ben, A = Allie, N = Nicole
J Mark? Would you mind sending me those concert dates?
M Of course not. Ben, are you busy?
B Me? Never.
M Could you help me? I can’t open this document.
A Hi, Nicole
N Could you sign these, please?
N Is it OK if I take tomorrow afternoon off?
A I’m sorry, but tomorrow’s really difficult.
N What about Friday afternoon?
A Friday? That’s fine. Do you think you could send me the request by email?
N Er, yes, of course.
A Hello. Hi, Mark… Could you hold a moment, Mark? Thank you, Nicole. Can you come and see me when you have a moment?
Exercise 2 – Office gossip
A. Listen. Who do Mark and Nicole talk about?
B. Listen again and mark the sentences T (true) or F (false).
1 Mark hasn’t found a flat yet.
2 Mark likes Ben and Jacques.
3 Jacques’s wife is a lawyer.
4 Nicole likes the way Allie dresses.
5 She thinks Allie is friendly.
6 Allie orders a soft drink.
Ben, Jacques, Isabelle (Jacque’s wife) and Allie.
3 F (She was a pop singer.)
4 F (She thinks her clothes are ‘very English’.)
5 F (She says Allie is very formal.)
M = Mark, B = Ben, A = Allie, N = Nicole
N Have you started looking for an apartment?
M No, I haven’t had time yet.
B Anyway, it’s best to get to know Paris first.
M Yeah – it’s a big city.
M Merçi beaucoup.
N Very good, Mark!
M Thanks. That’s nearly all the French I know!
B Hi, Beatrice. … Yeah … just a minute. Sorry.
N How do you like the office?
M Oh, it’s great.
N And the people?
M Really friendly! I like Ben a lot. He’s amazing with computers. And Jacques’s a really nice guy!
N Oh, Jacques, he’s very charming. Everybody likes him. And he has a lovely wife. She used to be a pop star when she was young. Have you heard of Isabelle?
M No, I’m sorry, I haven’t.
N She’s very pretty. Allie is very attractive, too.
M Allie? Yeah, I guess.
N Although her clothes are very English. And she’s very formal. You know, today, I asked if I could have a day off, and she wanted me to send her an email!
M Well, the English have their funny ways.
N Oh yeah. Oh, hello, Allie.
N Allie! Hi, let me get you a drink.
A Thanks. I’ll have a Diet Coke.
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