Pre-Listening Vocabulary

Read the sentences. Guess the meaning of the boldfaced words and phrases, then match each word or phrase with a definition or synonym from the list below.

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1. Gena was watching infomercials on TV. She ordered a frying pan that was advertised, but when she received it, she said it didn’t work very well

2. She thinks the advertisers made false claims about the product . It certainly doesn’t  work the way they said it would. 

3. The company can be  held liable if the product doesn’t work.

4. The new ab machines at the gym are very effective. I’ve got a flatter stomach.

5. The company can even be sued if the product is dangerous in some way and someone gets hurt.

6. “You paid $25.00 for that beautiful watch? Come on! It looks so expensive.”

7. Sarah said she watched 10 hours of TV yesterday. I know she exaggerated because I saw her got to work in the morning and come home late.

8. Before you take any medicine, read the fine print of the label. There might be important information you need to know.

9. “Let’s vary the workout today by starting with stretching instead of running exercises, OK?”



Now read the questions. Listen to the conversation again. Add details to your notes. Then use your notes to answer the questions:

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1.  What is the conversation mainly about?

2. Why does the student go to see his professor?

3. Why is the student’s friend unhappy with her ab machine?

4. What does the professor mean when he says, “Well, as far as I know, companies can’t make false claims about their products.”?

5. What is the student’s attitude when he says, “well, that may be so, but in my experience, the product isn’t always what it appears to be”?