A. Now listen to Matt talking about his experience. Choose the best summary.
1 He didn’t learn anything at all.
2 He learned something, but not enough.
3 He learned a lot.
B. Listen again. For each stage, circle the correct word or phrase.
He feels optimistic / pessimistic.
He feels happy / unhappy with his progress.
He thinks the online trumpet teacher is annoying / great.
He’s frustrated by how little he can play / He’s happy because he can play simple tunes.
He’s really enjoying himself / He’s depressed and wants to give up.
Matilda Lloyd tells him he’s doing well / badly.
He feels optimistic again / disappointed.
He thinks he’ll probably give up / He thinks he’ll be able to improve.
2 He learned something, but not enough.
1 hour optimistic (Because he has everything he needs, and he has a plan.)
2 hours unhappy (Because playing the trumpet is difficult – he can’t play for very long before getting tired, and he can’t play the high notes.)
5 hours annoying (Because the online teacher wears colorful shirts.)
9 hours He’s frustrated by how little he can play (Because he still can’t play high notes, and he can’t play any tunes he likes.)
14 hours He’s depressed and wants to give up (Because he isn’t improving.)
15 hours badly (Because he’s doing everything wrong.)
17 hours optimistic again (Because he’s improving and enjoying himself.)
20 hours He thinks he’ll be able to improve (Because he says he’ll keep practicing.)
I haven’t played a musical instrument for years. Five years ago, I got a trumpet for my birthday, and I tried to learn it, but I gave up after seven minutes, and it ended up in the garage. So here I am, a beginner again.
I have everything I need: YouTube trumpet lessons, and a book called Trumpet for Beginners. I plan to practice for 20 minutes a day, three times a week. I want to be able to play the trumpet, and I want to do it fast!
Well, that was optimistic. Playing the trumpet is more difficult than it looks! I can only play for ten minutes before I start seeing stars and my mouth hurts. I can get from C to G, but I can’t get any higher. It’s depressing.
I’m now practicing for ten minutes at a time. I can play a whole octave, from C to C. I’ve watched a lot of trumpet lessons on YouTube. The teacher has a beard and wears very colorful shirts. He’s beginning to annoy me, so I’m going to stop watching videos and use books instead.
I still can’t play high notes. I can play some very simple tunes, but nothing I actually want to play. It isn’t Rimsky-Korsakov.
I’ve been practicing three times a week, but I’m not getting any better. I’ve put the trumpet in the closet.
One evening, I’m at a school concert and I meet Matilda Lloyd, one of the best trumpet players around – she was a winner in the BBC Young Musician competition in 2014. I ask her for help, and the following week she gives me a trumpet lesson. I’m doing everything wrong. I need to forget everything I learned from the man with the beard and the colorful shirts. I need to start again.
I’m getting better! My trumpet is starting to sound more like a musical instrument. I’m practicing for half an hour every day. I’m enjoying myself. And the neighbor’s dogs have stopped barking.
I was planning to finish my 20 hours of practice by performing in the subway for an afternoon, but I can’t do it. Twenty hours is too little. But give me 100 hours, and you’ll see me playing the trumpet on a street near you…
Listen and choose a, b, or c.
1 Nick thinks the most enjoyable way to travel in London is ____.
a by Tube
b by bus
c by bike
2 Butterfly thinks that ____ at looking after small children.
a men are better than women
b women are better than men
c men and women are equally good
3 Coleen thinks that women are more interested in ____ than men.
4 Jenny speaks ____ languages.
5 What Linwood finds really annoying is people who use their phones ____.
a on public transport
b in the street
c in restaurants
1 c 2 c 3 c 4 b 5 b
I = interviewer, N = Nick
I How do you get to work?
N I take the Tube.
I How long does it take?
N Forty-five minutes or so.
I What do you think is the best way to get around London?
N Um, the easiest way is to take the Tube, I think, but the nicest way is probably to go by Boris bike if you want to relax when you’re travelling, then it’s a nice way to see the city, but maybe not the quickest way to get around.
I = interviewer, B = Butterfly
I Do you think women are better than men with young children, or do you think that’s just a stereotype?
B I think that, um, it is definitely a stereotype that women are just better with children than men are. I believe that both sexes provide children with valuable, equally valuable, experiences, um, so I definitely trust either sex to raise children and love children, you know, with the same styles and the same quality and, you know, respect and love.
I = interviewer, C = Coleen
I Are there any stereotypes about men and women that you think are true?
C I think women do think differently to men, um, and I think conversations tend to be different as well. Women are much more into, um, ‘what did you say and what did he say, and what did you feel’ and all the rest of it, and men are far more pragmatic and, you know, just want to know the score, as it were.
I = interviewer, J = Jenny
I How many languages do you speak?
J I speak English and I also speak Afrikaans.
I Is there a language you’d like to be able to speak?
J I would very much like to be able to speak Spanish.
I Why Spanish?
J Because Spanish is spoken all over the world and I feel it’s, it would be, it’s important to be able to communicate with more people.
I = interviewer, L = Linwood
I Is there anything that people do with phones that really annoys you?
L I would say, from what I’ve experienced, they’re either texting or looking at their phones while walking and not looking where they’re going. Er, I would say, from what I’ve experienced so far in London, that would be the biggest for me.
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