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The Boring Man – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on December 19, 2014 , No comments

Maggie is a friendly woman, and she tries her best to start a conversation with Rich at a party, but unfortunately Rich is incredibly boring. Listen to their conversation and learn useful new vocabulary in this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English.

Woman: Hello! What’s your name?

Man: Oh, hi, I’m Rich.

Woman: Nice to meet you, Rich. I’m Maggie.

Man: Nice to meet you.

Woman: So, are you having a good time?

Man: Yeah, kind of. Actually, to tell the truth, I don’t like parties that much.

Woman: I saw you didn’t look too happy! Why don’t you have a drink?

Man: No thanks. I have an important meeting in the morning.

Woman: So tell me a little about yourself.

Man: There’s not much to tell, really. I work in an office, and I like the usual things: reading, watching films, and so on.

Woman: If you don’t mind my asking, why did you come?

Man: You know James, the host?

Woman: Yes, of course, we’re good friends.

Man: Well, he’s my boss, and I wanted to make an appearance.

Woman: I see! Anyway, you’re here now, why not talk to some people? Would you like to meet my friends? I’m afraid I’m married, but I have a lot of single friends.

Man: Um, well, I think I’m okay here, thanks all the same.

Woman: So what, you’re just going to stand there like a wallflower all evening?

Man: That’s a bit rude.

Woman: Some people might say that coming to a party and not talking to anyone was rude.

Man: Uh, yeah, maybe… I have to go to the toilet, excuse me for a moment.

Woman: Don’t let me keep you.

Match the phrases which have the same meaning

1. Don’t let me keep you a. Unfortunately…
2. I’m ok here b. I’m going to stay where I am
3. Kind of c. Do whatever you want
4. I wanted to make an appearance d. I wanted to show my face
5. I’m afraid… e. Yes and no

Complete each phrase with one word

  1. To tell the ________, I’m not really interested.
  2. Why don’t you tell me a ________ about yourself?
  3. If you don’t mind my ________, where did you get your suit?
  4. Actually, I don’t like reading that ________.
  5. I’m sorry, I have to take this call—excuse me for a ________.
  1. C
  2. B
  3. E
  4. D
  5. A
  6. truth
  7. little
  8. asking
  9. much
  10. moment
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