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1. Bài 1
Section 2: You'll hear a tour guide giving information about a shopping district.
First, you have some time to look at questions 11 to 15 on page 6. As you listen to the first part of the talk, answer questions 11 to 15.
Tour guide: This afternoon we’ll visit the city’s shopping district. Several blocks in the area are closed to car traffic, and I know you’ll enjoy walking around there. I’d like to give you an overview of the district now, since you’ll be on your own once we get there.
You’ll see on this map here that the shopping district consists of two streets - Pear Street, which runs north and south, and cherry street, which crosses Pear Street right here. Let’s start our tour here on Pear Street where the star is. This star marks the Harbor View bookstore. It’s very popular among locals as well as tourists. You can buy a range of books of local interest as well as a variety of magazines and newspapers. It’s directly across the street from the City Library, which is also worth a visit. It’s in one of the oldest buildings in the city and contains, among other things, an interesting collection of rare books.
Now, moving up Pear from the bookstore toward Cherry, the next building on the left is the Pear Cafe. You’ll notice it’s right on the corner of Pear and Cherry streets. It’s a great place to relax while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or tea. You can talk with friends or read quietly. They have a variety of books and magazines available.
From the windows of the cafe, you can look right across Cherry Street for a lovely view of city gardens. It’s a rather small garden, but it contains a variety of exotic plants and flowers.
Let’s leave the cafe and cross Pear Street. On the opposite corner, we’re at Caldwell’s Clothing Store, which you might also want to visit. They sell both men’s and women’s fashions from countries around the world.
Continuing down Cherry Street, the next building on the right after Caldwell’s is the souvenir shop. Stop in here to get maps and books about the local area, as well as T-shirts and postcards with pictures of the city. Now, we cross Cherry Street and we’re at the art gallery, one building down from the corner. Here you can see and, of course, purchase many fine paintings and sculptures by local artists.
Let’s keep going down Cherry Street toward the harbor. On the left, right after the gallery, is Harbor Park. It’s a lovely place, and it’s certainly worth spending some time there.
Before you have the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 16 to 20 on page 7. Now listen and answer questions 16 to 20.
Harbor Park was built on land donated to the city by Captain Jones, a lifelong resident of this city. Captain Jones designed the park himself, and it was built in 1876. Exactly in the center of the park, a statue of Captain Jones was erected, and it’s still standing there today. It shows Captain Jones on the bow of his ship.
After viewing the statue, you can follow the path that goes through the woods just behind. It will lead you to a lovely garden, in the middle of which is a fountain. This is a nice place to enjoy a few quiet moments.
If you still feel like walking, continue on to the far end of the garden. There, you’ll find a wooden staircase, which will take you down to the harbor. You might enjoy the view of the boats from there. There’s also a walking path along the water, which will eventually bring you back up to Cherry Street.
You can see that there’s plenty to do in this part of the city. The bus leaves at 1:30.
That is the end of section 2. You now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn the section 3 on page 7.
2. Bài 2
Section 2: You will have a hike leader giving information about an upcoming hiking trip.
First, you have some time to look at questions 11 to 15 on page 45. As you listen to the first part of the talk, answer questions 11 to 15.
Good evening, everyone. As you know, this is our last meeting before we set off on our annual week-long hiking trip. So tonight, I'll be telling you everything you'll need to know to be ready for the trip. Let's talk about equipment first. Having the right equipment is essential for your comfort and safety. First, you'll need a warm and comfortable sleeping bag. However, you won't need to worry about carrying a tent since we'll be sleeping in shelters along the way. Also part of the fee you've paid for the trip, goes toward food. So you won't need to put that on your packing list, either. We found though that it's more efficient for each person to bring his or her own dishes. So be sure to pack a plastic bowl, a cup and a fork, knife and spoon. That's all you will need in the way of dishes.
Perhaps the most important item to put on your list is a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Nothing ruins a hike more than getting blisters and sores from ill-fitting boots. So make sure your boots fit you right. Shoes and sneakers aren’t adequate for the type of hiking we will be doing. Of course, a backpack is necessary for carrying your equipment. Make sure you have one that's lightweight and comfortable to carry. Walking poles have become popular among hikers recently, but we don't recommend them. They can get in the way when too many hikers are using them at once and some serious injuries have been caused. So it's best to leave those at home.
Let's see. What else? Oh, yes. Some people have asked me about trail maps. They're available, but you really don't need them as your hike leaders have scouted out the trail and will be guiding you along the way. And don't forget to bring a warm jacket. You may think you won't need one in this warm summer weather. But remember that evenings in the mountains can get quite cold. Is there anything else I need to tell you? Oh, yes. Your guides will each be carrying a first aid kit. So that's one last thing for you to pack yourself. Remember you'll be carrying your backpack all day. So keep your load light and don't over pack.
Before you have the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 16 to 20 on page 46. Now listen and answer questions 16 to 20.
I know you're all experienced hikers, but it's always worth repeating the rules of the trail since they're so important. These rules are in place for the safety of everyone on the trip. As you know, there'll be a hike leader walking at the head of the line who will show the group the way. At the end of the line will be the rear leader or sweep. It's important to always stay ahead of this person while we're on the trail. There are several different trails on the mountain where we'll be hiking and they cross each other at some points. When you come to any intersection of trails, stop and wait for the rest of the group to catch up. This way we can be sure that no one goes off on the wrong trail.
Let me emphasize here, how important it is to stay on the trail. We will be climbing through some steep and rocky areas. Don't be tempted to go off on your own and try to climb some rocks. That can be quite dangerous. Also, it's not likely but it is possible that we will encounter some large wild animals along the way. The last thing you want to do is try to feed any of them. That will just encourage them to follow us which could lead to some dangerous situations. One last thing before we set off hiking each morning, be sure to fill up your water bottle. This is perhaps the most important safety rule. Dehydration can be a serious problem when you're out in the wilderness, so you must always be sure to carry an adequate supply of water with you. I think that covers just about everything. Are there any questions?
That is the end of section 2. You now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn the section 3 on page 46.
3. Bài 3
Section 2: You will hear a tour leader giving information about a bus tour.
First, you have some time to look at questions 11 to 15 on page 54. As you listen to the first part of the talk, answer questions 11 to 15.
Thank you for choosing City Tours. The reason so many people choose our tours when visiting this city is because you can design your tour to suit your own interests. Your all day pass entitles you to board our bus at any stop and stay as long as you like at each place. The all day bus pass costs $18 for adults. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 pay half the adult fare and children under 5 ride for free. Our buses run every hour on the half hour starting at 8:30 a.m. Our most popular tour is the center city tour which goes to all the major attractions in the center of the city. From the starting point here at the tour bus office, the bus goes to the first stop “Hill Park”. As you may guess, this park is located at the top of a small hill. The next stop is the “Fishing Docks”. Following that the bus goes on to the third stop, “Bay Bridge” located at the foot of the bridge which crosses the bay. The fourth stop is in the shopping district, then the fifth and last stop is at Green street.
Before you have the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 16 to 20 on page 55. Now listen and answer questions 16 to 20.
There are many interesting things to do and see in the centre city tour. At the first stop, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the bay, the city and especially the fishing docks which are located at the foot of the hill. At the second stop, you can walk around and look at the boats. Fresh fish from the bay is also for sale here, since this is the place where the fishermen bring in their catch. The next stop is where some of the city's finest seafood restaurants are located, so you might want to plan a lunch stop here. You can eat fresh fish here, prepared in the traditional local way. The fourth stop is, of course, where you can do your shopping. Don't miss the opportunity to purchase some of our city's famous handmade baskets. You’ll want to take several homes as souvenirs of your visit to our city. Finally, at the last stop on the tour, you can visit one of the oldest buildings in our city, the theatre. This building was built over 400 years ago and is still used today as a place to see plays, musicals and other performances as well as our annual film festival.
That is the end of section 2. You now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn the section 3 on page 56.
4. Bài 4
Section 2: You will hear a radio interview about an upcoming fair.
First, you have some time to look at questions 11 to 14 on page 224. As you listen to the first part of the talk, answer questions 11 to 14.
Radio Jockey: Good afternoon, and welcome to city hour, the radio show that brings you all the latest information about events in and around our city. Today we have with us, Cynthia Smith who is heading up this year's city fair. Cynthia, would you start by giving us some of the basic information about the fair? Where will it take place this year?
Cynthia: I'm glad you asked that question because I know most people will be expecting the fair to be at the Fairgrounds as usual. But we've had to change the location this year, due to some construction work. You know, they're building the new high school in their neighborhood and they've been using the Fairgrounds as a place to store construction materials. So we've moved the fair to City Park which I think is a wonderful location.
Radio Jockey: Yes, that will be a great place for the fair. I understand that the fair begins on Friday morning with a special opening event.
Cynthia: Actually it won’t begin until that evening. But you’ve heard about the special event. Traditionally, we began with a prayer but this year the opening event will be a special dance performance. And the most exciting part is that the Mayor will be one of the dancers.
Radio Jockey: The Mayor is a woman of many talents. Cynthia, could you tell our listeners about the price of admission? What will it cost to attend the fair?
Cynthia: We're trying to keep the price down as much as possible. A three-day pass is just $25, or you can buy a Saturday or Sunday only pass $15. The opening event on Friday, the dance performance doesn't cost anything to attend and we're hoping a lot of people will come to watch that.
Before you have the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 15 to 20 on page 224. Now listen and answer questions 15 to 20.
Radio Jockey: Could you tell us about some of the events planned for Saturday and Sunday, the main days of the fair?
Cynthia: We have a lot of exciting things planned. There are a number of events, especially for children including a clown show on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday evening, we’ve got an event that can be enjoyed by the whole family, a concert by the lake.
Radio Jockey: I'm sure that will be a popular event. Is there anything special planned for Sunday?
Cynthia: Yes, a really fun event, and we hope a lot of people will participate. There will be a singing contest in the afternoon. It's open to everyone at no charge. It doesn't matter whether you're an experienced singer or not. If you've always dreamed of singing on stage, this is your chance.
Radio Jockey: That sounds like a lot of fun.
Cynthia: I think it will be. I would also like your listeners to know that, besides the special events, I've mentioned, there will be things taking place all weekend. For example, at the food court international food will be served. You'll be able to sample dishes from all around the world. There will also be special games for children at different locations around the fair.
Radio Jockey: Will there be things people can buy? Souvenirs? Anything like that?
Cynthia: We have a large area set aside where they'll be crafts for sale. This will be an opportunity to buy many lovely handmade things and to get to know some of our local artists and craftspeople as well.
Radio Jockey: It sounds like there will be a lot of fun for everyone at this year's fair. Thank you for sharing the information with us, Cynthia.
Cynthia: Thank you for inviting me.
That is the end of section 2. You now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn the section 3 on page 225.