Part A Listening Strategy
Numbers appear very often in every kind of listening material. The ability to catch the exact numbers spoken in English is an important but difficult skill for a Chinese learner.
A good way is to practice over and over again the pronunciation of the numbers, particularly the different ways to say
thirteen and thirty, fourteen and forty, etc. It also helps to practice writing down the numbers you hear quickly in numerical forms, without translating them into Chinese.
You're going to hear a passage about Michael Jordan, a retired American professional basketball player.
Listen carefully and fill in the blanks with the missing numbers.
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
He was born on Feb.17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York.
He is 1.98 meters tall and weighs 216 pounds.
Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls team for the 1984 season.
In the 1986 season he shot 3041 points, the third highest score ever.
He was named NBA Slam Dunk Champion(扣籃冠軍)in 1987
and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1988, an honor repeated four times in the next ten years to 1998.
Jordan guided his team to win six NBA championships during the 1990s, scoring 45 points during the sixth and last game of the 1998 NBA finals.
In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century.
Jordan left the NBA at the beginning of the 1993-1994 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball.
Since his baseball game wasn't quite as good as his basketball games, he finally gave it up to rejoin the Bulls in 1995.
Yet, after playing for five more years, he once again announced his retirement in 1999.
But he returned for two more NBA games in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Part B Listening Tasks
Why Don't You Join Me at the Gym Sometime?
Listen to the conversation and choose the right answers to the questions you hear.
Peter: Hi Laura. Where are you heading with that big bag?
Laura: Hi, Peter. I'm off to the gym. I've got to stay in shape, you know. I try to go three times a week, but I'm busy so I can't always make it.
Peter: I know more women who work out than men. What's the main reason you work out? For your health, or to look good?
Laura: To be honest, for both. With women, good looks are always a very important consideration.
Peter: If they were honest, most men who work out would admit that they also do it to look better, and not merely for health reasons.
Laura: How about you? Do you get any regular exercise?
Peter: I do a lot of walking, for exercise and enjoyment — sometimes ten to twenty kilometers at a time — but I never go to the gym like you do.
Laura: Well, walking is good exercise. How about sports?
Peter: Not since my school days. I used to love playing baseball, but it's impossible to get enough people together for a game now. Mostly I just watch sports on TV.
Laura: I play tennis fairly regularly with my friends, and sometimes go swimming and cycling by myself.
Peter: Oh, I forgot about that. I go cycling sometimes too. And I often go swimming on vacation, but only recreational swimming.
Laura: Why don't you join me at the gym sometime? I can get you a guest pass.
Peter: Well, maybe someday, but I'm pretty lazy about things like that.
1. What do you know about Peter?
2. Where might the two speakers be having this conversation?
Listen again and write down answers to the following questions.