LISTENING 5 – Technology

Short extract 1


What is he going to ask his parents for?

I’ve passed all my subjects with flying colours and my parents have told me that they’re happy to buy me anything as a reward. There are so many things I’d like to have… I guess they are thinking about a book or a trip, which would be great. I’m between a playstation and a laptop actually. I think I prefer the playstation because I can play the latest games and… well, I think it’s a bit cheaper than a laptop. But now that I think about it, it will be easier to talk my parents into buying me a good laptop as I can use it to study and do productive stuff, not only play games… so yes, that’s what I’m going to ask for.

Short extract 2


What’s her piece of advice?

You look worried, what’s the matter?

I feel my children spend too much time in front of a screen, mobile phones, laptops, you know…

I see… first of all, there’s no need to restrict mobile phone or laptop usage. I used to have the same problem and you know what I did? I bought a board game called “secret code”, which has all of us hooked on it now. We play every evening before going to bed! I thought about getting a projector, but, at the end of the day, there’s not much difference between a projector and a screen, right?, so I changed my mind. And I’m glad I did…

Long extract 1


Person A: Hey Mark, have you heard about using AI for language learning? I’ve been using ChatGPT to practice my Spanish, and it’s been surprisingly effective.

Person B: Really? How does that work? Tell me more.

Person A: Well, I just engage in conversations with ChatGPT in Spanish. It corrects my grammar and suggests better ways to phrase things. It’s like having a language tutor available 24/7.

Person B: That sounds interesting. It’s a great idea. Does it feel like talking to a real person?

Person A: Not exactly, but it’s close. ChatGPT understands context, responds according to the context, and helps me learn from my mistakes, because I always ask it to list them and explain them to me.

Person B: How accurate is it? I mean, can you trust the corrections?

Person A: It’s quite reliable, but I always double-check with language learning resources. It’s more about practice and getting comfortable using the language. After all, mistakes are not that important

Person B: Nice. So, you think it’s better than traditional language learning apps?

Person A: It complements both other apps and books well. Traditional apps and books are structured, but ChatGPT adds an element of spontaneity and real conversation practice. You can have any kind of conversation you can think of… You can even ask chatgpt to play a specific role, like a police officer, a shop assistant or a person who got lost, so you can have real, everyday conversations with it.

Person B: I see… I love the idea of having real conversations… What do you use books for, then? 

Person A: I still use books and the internet to improve other skills like reading, vocabulary and grammar. However, when it comes to using real language and engaging in conversations, nothing can beat artificial intelligence.

Person B: Wow, that sounds like it can revolutionise language learning! I’ll try it as soon as I get home. Do you have any more tips on how to make the most of it?

Person A: Definitely. Be specific with your prompts, focus on areas you want to improve, and don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. It’s a tool, so use it in a way that suits your learning style.

Person B: Thanks for sharing! I haven’t practiced my French for a long time because I didn’t know how to start. I’ll try it and let you know what I think!