Exercise 1

Listen to two more calls Keiko makes. What else does she need help with? Do her friends agree to help?

Answers & Audioscripts

Keiko wants Hunter to take care of her goldfish.

Hunter agrees.

Keiko wants Claire to help her pack her things.

Claire doesn’t agree.



Hunter:   Hi, Keiko.

Keiko:   Hi, Hunter. I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

Hunter:   That depends.

Keiko:   Well, I’m moving this weekend, so I’ll be really busy taking everything over to my new apartment. Would it be OK if I left my goldfish at your place for the weekend?

Hunter:   Your fish? Sure. I’ll be around all weekend, and I love watching those little guys swim around in the tank.

Keiko:   Thanks a lot. Is it OK if I come by with them on Friday?

Hunter:   That’s fine.


Claire:   Claire Dawson.

Keiko:   Hi, Claire. It’s Keiko.

Claire:   Oh, hello. How are you?

Keiko:   Pretty good, thanks. Listen, the reason I’m calling is I have a really big favor to ask you.

Claire:   OK. What is it?

Keiko:   Remember I told you that I’m moving this weekend?

Claire:   Yeah, I remember.

Keiko:   Well, I was wondering if you could help me pack my stuff.

Claire:   Gee, Keiko, I’d really love to help you out, but I’m going away this weekend. It’s my mother’s birthday, and I promised to go visit her.

Keiko:   Oh, OK. I understand. Anyway, how are things? I haven’t seen you for ages.

Claire:   Oh, you know, work, work, work!

Exercise 2

Listen to three telephone conversations. Write down what each caller requests. Does the other person agree to the request? Check (✓) Yes or No.





1  Jesse


2  Liz


3  Min-jun


Answers & Audioscripts

1   Jesse: He wants to borrow an electric mixer; no

2   Liz: She wants to borrow a book; yes

3   Min-jun: He wants Silvia to watch his cat while he’s away; yes


1   Jesse

Maria:   Hello?

Jesse:   Hi, Maria. This is Jesse.

Maria:   Oh, hi. How’s it going?

Jesse:   It’s going well! Listen, I was wondering if I could borrow your electric mixer.

Maria:   My mixer? Don’t tell me you are going to bake!

Jesse:   I know. I’m having my friends from my study group over this weekend, and I want to make dessert. And I want it to be perfect! I love that chocolate cake recipe you have. So, what do you say?

Maria:   Well, I have bad news. It’s broken. I’ve been meaning to get it fixed, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. But you know, you can buy a cheap mixer at the store.

Jesse:   Hmm. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just go to a bakery.

2   Liz

Samuel:   Hello?

Liz:   Hi, Samuel. It’s Liz.

Samuel:   Hi, Liz. What’s up?

Liz:   Do you remember talking about that book yesterday? The one about that man’s trip through Asia?

Samuel:   Yeah, of course.

Liz:   Would it be all right if I borrowed it? I need a good book for my vacation next week.

Samuel:   No problem. But you’ll have to tell me what you think!

Liz:   Definitely! Thanks, Samuel.

3   Min-jun

Silvia:   Hello?

Min-jun:   Hi, Silvia. It’s Min-jun.

Silvia:   Hey! What’s up?

Min-jun:   Not much. I was wondering if I could ask you for a favor.

Silvia:   Sure.

Min-jun:   Well, I have to go out of town next week. Could you watch Daisy while I’m gone?

Silvia:   Who’s Daisy?

Min-jun:   You know – Daisy, my cat.

Silvia:   Oh. Your cat. I don’t know, Min-jun. I’m not crazy about cats. Their hair gets everywhere, and . . .

Min-jun:   Not Daisy. She’s really clean . . . and loving. I bet you’ll love cats after watching her.

Silvia:   Yeah, maybe, but I’m not sure about my roommate.

Min-jun:   Oh, that’s right. I forgot you live with someone now. Well, what if I gave you the keys to my place and you stayed here?

Silvia:   Well, I guess that would work. You do live close by.

Min-jun:   Great! I really appreciate it. Why don’t you come over tonight so I can show you where everything is?

Silvia:   OK, but you owe me one!

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