Transcript Listening 25/08/2023


You will hear two teachers, Andrew and Katie, discussing the coming excursion of their language class.

Andrew: Well, we have this school excursion planned, but when exactly is it? Is it this Tuesday or Wednesday?

Katie: Well it can’t be Tuesday, with the English tests taking place.

Andrew: Ah, right. Not Tuesday, but Wednesday (Example).

Katie: That’s right – all day Wednesday – taking a bus outside the city.

Andrew: And where are we going?

Katie: Ah, last month we went to Arthur Island, so this time we’re going to the… Animal Park (Q1).

Andrew: Arthur Island was okay, but it was too cold. Let’s hope the weather for this week’s excursion is better. I don’t suppose animals care about bad weather, but I certainly do. Have you heard the forecast?

Katie: Yes, and it’s not too bad. Basically, they’re saying Monday will be sunny.

Andrew: Good…

Katie: But then the weather will change.

Andrew: Not so good.

Katie: Yes, Tuesday we’ll have some showers, but by Wednesday, the day of our excursion, it will be… well, their words are ‘old and cloudy’ (Q2).

Andrew: Cold and cloudy. Well, as long as it isn’t ‘wet and rainy’, I’m happy enough. We won’t need umbrellas, just warm clothing. And what time will we get there?

Katie: Let’s see. The bus picks us up at 8.30 am, and then it’s an hour and a half on the road, so we arrive at 10 am… sorry, with the 15 minutes break, that will actually be 10.15 am (Q3).

Andrew: That’s early enough. Then all our students can see the animals, have their fun, and do whatever they want to do.

Katie: Well, one fun event planned that day is ‘Birds of Prey’ (Q4).

Andrew: What’s that?

Katie: That’s when they bring out several birds of prey: eagles, falcons, kites, those sorts of birds, and throw pieces of meat into the air, and the birds swoop down and eat them. It’s quite impressive.

Andrew: Sounds great. ‘Birds of Prey’. Are there any other activities?

Katie: There’s a catered lunch, at the park restaurant. We’ve already paid for that, and in the afternoon there’s… well, I had a choice between the ‘Reptile Display’ and the ‘Koala Handling’. In the reptile display, the students can handle live pythons and various other snakes.

Andrew: Surely they’d rather hold koalas?

Katie: I’m sure, but the koalas can’t be handled unless the weather’s sunny, and given the forecast, I thought it better to choose the reptile display (Q5).

Andrew: Ummm, that’s a shame. These Asian students would love the ‘Koala Handling’.
Katie: Yes, I know, but we can’t control the weather.

Andrew: And, then we get back. What time will that be?

Katie: We leave the park at 4.30, but then we face traffic, so wo won’t get back until well after 6pm. It will most likely be 6.30 (Q6). But that’s better than the last trip: we didn’t get home until 8.30 that time.

Andrew: Yes, that was a bit too late, wasn’t it?

Katie: Andrew, I understand you’ve been doing some research regarding the breakdown, by nationality of our student body. That must have produced some interesting results.

Andrew: You’re right. I got some statistics from head office.

Katie: I would imagine that most of our students are either Japanese or Chinese.

Andrew: You imagine right. But it’s the Chinese (Q7) who constitute the majority, but only just. I had thought Koreans might be second, but it’s actually the Japanese (Q8), quite close behind. It’s somewhat surprising, but obviously all those Study Tours that our university markets in Japan are bringing in students.

Katie: What’s the breakdown exactly?

Andrew: Japanese are a quarter of the whole, which is considerable. Last year they were only 16%, so that market has grown nicely. Ah, the only other proportions of some weight are the Indonesians and Koreans – about the same. Indonesians at 15%, and… ah… the Koreans (Q9) are a little higher -not like last year when they were less than 10%.

Katie: I thought we’d have more Indonesians than Koreans?

Andrew: Well, as I said, they’re about the same – just like the Saudi and Thai student numbers, almost the same also – both just under 10.

Katie: Which one is bigger?

Andrew: Ah, Thai (Q10) students number just a fraction more. As for the other nationalities, collectively they’re only 3%, so it wasn’t worth giving each of them a separate category. I just grouped them under ‘other’ – that’s Vietnamese, South American, a couple of Russians, and so on.



You will hear a survey company representative ringing a person to obtain some information.

Rep.: Hello?

Person: Hello? Who is this?

Rep.: Hello. I’m a representative of the Tallyho Survey Company, and I’d like to ask you a few questions regarding exercise (Example).

Person: Oh, that’s an interesting subject.

Rep.: Yes, we think so, too.

Person: But I’m afraid I’m a bit busy at the moment.

Rep.: Don’t worry. This will only take about four minutes at the most. It’s 10:25 (Q1) now, so it will all be over by 10:30.

Person: Well … alright, if it’s that short.

Rep.: It will be. So, one of the first things I need to know is where you are — that is, which suburb or area of the city? The last client was in Blackburn, for example.

Person: Blackburn. That’s close to me. I’m in Box Hill (Q2).

Rep.: Another eastern suburb then. I have a friend in Box Hill, too. Interesting place. Now, I need your approximate age for this survey. Are you younger than 20, between 20 and 29, 30 and 39, and so on?

Person: I’ll turn 40 in a few months, so that puts me in the 40 to 49 age group.

Rep.: Well, that’s in a few months, so right now you’re in the 30 to 39 (Q3).

Person: Oh, right. So put that then.

Rep.: Okay. Now, I need to know your occupation. The last caller was a housewife, for example; the one before that a teacher.

Person: I used to be a teacher, too, teaching cookery.

Rep.: And now?

Person: Now you can just put ‘domestic duties (Q4)’. Actually, I hope to begin a new job soon, as a cook, but that won’t be for some time yet. I have to wait for my husband’s restaurant to open.

Rep.: Cook? That sounds interesting, but it’s ‘domestic duties’ for now. Okay, that just leaves some information about your family. This is not obligatory at all, so if you don’t want to answer, that’s fine.

Person: What sort of information, exactly?

Rep.: Oh, it’s very broad. Married, with children; single mother, that sort of thing. The last customer said she was a single mother.

Person: I’m married, and not a mother. Put ‘married, no children (Q5)’.

Rep.: I’m married with children, myself. But I’ll put in your details, and that finishes the profile, and just l eaves the actual survey itself, if you’re ready to proceed.

Rep.: Alright, let’s begin the survey now, about your exercise habits.

Person: I’m afraid I don’t exercise much at all.

Rep.: Well, the main question is in what form you take your exercise, however little that may be — for example, in just cleaning. Do you clean the house?

Person: My husband does the cleaning, actually, but I walk (Q6) to the supermarket and shops very often, up to four times a week.

Rep.: I’ll put that then, unless there’s something else.

Person: Nothing else, really. But I diet. I’m very strict about what I eat. Oh, and I do yoga, although that’s not very energetic—more a form of relaxation, and to tighten (Q7) my muscles.

Rep.: They’re both important, of course, but what about sport? Do you undertake any sporting activities? This could be very infrequent. In the past, for example.

Person: My husband plays basketball at the local school, and I sometimes watch. When he was younger he was in a basketball team, but I never participated.

Rep.: Have you done anything at all?

Person: I used to hike (Q8) in a nearby national park.

Rep.: Well that’s a definite physical activity, so I’ll put that—but not basketball. Alright, that just leaves future exercise intentions. Do you plan, or expect to do, at some stage, any form of exercise?

Person: I once dreamt of doing modern dance, but that’s never going to happen. Realistically, I’m thinking about going swimming (Q9), at the local aquatic centre, although my husband thinks we should just jog. I can’t see myself doing that, though—too tiring.

Rep.: I can understand. I used to jog, too, and it really makes you sweat. I’d say swimming’s a much better option.

Person: But I’ll be starting this job as a cook in my husband’s restaurant. I imagine I’ll be very tired doing all those late shifts. But if I have any energy(Q10) left over, I might go to the aquatic centre to release some stress.

Rep.: Alright. Well, that’s the end of the survey. Thank you very much for your time.

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