LISTENING 1 – Personality

Short extract 1


What’s the new boy in class like?

Have you met the new boy yet? I sit next to him in class and he seems very funny. It seems he’s settled in pretty well in class. 

Oh yes, he’s an old friend of mine. You know, our mothers are friends so we used to play together when we were kids. He’s not very sociable, but you can have a good laugh with him, that’s for sure.

That’s exactly what I thought after the class

Short extract 2


Who is his football coach?

Oh look, that’s my new football coach over there, see – he’s waiting at the bus stop

The young man with sunglasses and blond hair? He’s good looking. You told me your coach was a bald man who always got angry because he kept losing his whistle

That was the coach I had last year. This one is really nice and that beard suits him.

Long extract 1


Person A: Hey, Emily! How’s it going?

Person B: Not great, honestly. I made a big mistake at work today, and I’m feeling really stressed.

Person A: Oh no, what happened?

Person B: I was in charge of this big project I told you about, and it seems I was a bit absent-minded or something that day, because I misheard the deadline and, as you can imagine, we’ve missed the deadline because of me. Now we’re behind schedule, and my boss is not happy.

Person A: That’s tough. you’re usually so organized… and then, you make a silly mistake… it’s a shame, right? What did your boss tell you?

Person B: Well, as you can imagine, he’s not happy. He was very understanding though, he knows I’ve been juggling a lot lately. He told me that I should have been more careful, but that’s it, he was not hard on me at all.

Person A: You can’t complain about your boss then. Mine would have hit the roof, and fired a few of us. Anyway, do you think everything will go back to normal soon at work?

Person B: Yes, absolutely. We just need to work harder than usual for the upcoming weeks. You may think it’s a real challenge, but… you know, We’re a great team and we love working together, so it’s not a big deal. 

Person A: wow… talking to you is always so inspiring… you are always optimistic and have a good attitude to life’s challenges

Person B: haha thanks for your words… and remember, you’re the one who chooses whether to see the glass half-full or half-empty…