IELTS Listening Practice 47

SECTION 1

Jackie: Good afternoon Denham’s Shipping. How can I be of […………………………..]?

Tim: Well, I wish to […………………………..]about sending a container of personal […………………………..]from the UK to Ireland

Jackie: No problem, would you like me to give you an […………………………..]of the cost?

Tim: Yes, please.

Jackie: Well, first of all, may I take your details?

Tim: Of course. My name’s […………………………..].

Jackie: Could you spell your surname for me, please, Tim?

Tim: Yes, it’s Laffertv; L-a-f-f-e-r-t-y Jackie: Thank you, Tim. Now, where would you like us to pick your […………………………..]up from?

Tim: My university, if possible.

Jackie: Okay, let me make a note of the address.

Tim: It’s […………………………..].

Jackie: Is that A-B-B-E-Y-F4£-L-0?

Tim: That’s right. Park Street, Brighton.

Jackie: Perfect. And may I take down your postcode, too?

Tim: It’s […………………………..].

Jackie: Great Thank you, Tim. Have you the container’s […………………………..]?

Tim: I do. It’s approximately 25 metres long by 125 metres wide.

Jackie: I see Quite a big one therf

Tim: Indeed

Jackie: And the height?

Tim: I make it […………………………..]deep.

Jackie: So that’s 25 by L25 by 12.

Tim: Right.

Jackie: And what will actually be in the box, Tim?

Tim: Oh, mostly old […………………………..]Jackie: Okay

Tim: And some music albums.

Jackie: Anything else?

Tim: Yes, a little bit of […………………………..].

Jackie: I see. And could you put an estimate on the value of the items? Tim: The books are quite […………………………..]; they’re worth around […………………………..]. The music albums, maybe half that, say £900. and you can put the stationery down as […………………………..].

Jackie: Okay. And will you be […………………………..]contents cover from us also?

Tim: Eh, I’m not sure what you mean.

Jackie: Sorry, let me explain; because your items are worth more than […………………………..], we recommend that you purchase […………………………..]to cover yourself

Tim: Makes sense. What are my options?

Jackie: Well, we offer three insurance deals – the […………………………..]rate, standard rate and […………………………..]rate ones. Premium offers full cover in the event of loss, damage or […………………………..], which means you would be […………………………..]with the full cost of replacing your belongings.

Tim: What about standard and economy?

Jackie: Standard will give you today’s value — the second-hand value of your belongings – and economy provides you with a fixed payment of […………………………..] in the event of loss, damage or theft.

Tim: Well, I can afford to live without those books to be […………………………..]so just give me the cheapest option.

Jackie: We recommend standard cover for all our […………………………..].

Tim: No, thank you. That won’t be necessary. The cheapest option will

Jackie: No problem. And one last thing; will you be needing […………………………..]at your office, at your house, or do you […………………………..]to pick up your container

Tim:  Home delivery would suit me best I think.

 

SECTION 2

Tour guide: Well, we certainly have a busy day ahead of us, so let’s get started, shall we? You’ll find a map of the […………………………..]with the […………………………..]. I’ve just handed out. The museum’s our first port of call, so let’s lave a look at the map now. The door on the right of the […………………………..]toll leads into the Gift Shoo and Ticket Centre. Once we pick up our entrance […………………………..], I’d ask everyone to […………………………..]their bags and coats in the […………………………..]which is located towards the back of the Gift Shop and Ticket Centre. If you want to pick up an information […………………………..], you can […………………………..]the Information Desk situated along the right-hand side.

Now, once you come back into the entrance hall, the door on the opposite side to the Gift Shop leads into the […………………………..]. There is a special exhibition on there at the moment which is not to be […………………………..]

If you continue on up the entrance […………………………..], that leads into the Main Exhibition Centre. At the back […………………………..]side there are some toilets.

Beside the toilets, voull find the 3D Theatre. I strongly recommend that you make time for the […………………………..]presentation in the theatre. It is well worth a viewing. Running along the right-hand side of the Main Exhibition Centre is the Modern Art Studio. Here, not only can you view some of the most famous works of the […………………………..], but you can also sit in on a […………………………..]run by a local artist. So that’s the art museum.

Next on the […………………………..]is the Aquarium. Depending on how long we spend at the museum, we might have to give this one a miss. It’s not what I’d call a […………………………..]of the day, but it would be a […………………………..]if we did¬n’t get to see it, as it’s on route to the Solheim Country Club, where we’re booked in for lunch at […………………………..]. Originally, we had planned to stop off at the Milltown Winery […………………………..], but we’ve had to scrap that plan, otherwise we’d never get to the […………………………..]Gardens before closing time. We have […………………………..]the gardens and must be there by 230. so no […………………………..]please after lunch – straight back onto the bus. The gardens close at 3:30, so we’ve an hour there which should give us […………………………..]time to look around. Time aBowing. well stop off at the famous Stout Brewery after that if […………………………..]isnt too heavy and we’re in Lincoln before 5. If not, we’ll head straight for the National Concert Hall where you’re in for a real treat of an evening with a […………………………..]from the world-[…………………………..]cellist, Andres Borovski. We have to be in our seats by […………………………..]. After that, it’s back to the hotel for the night where a […………………………..]meal will be waiting for us at half eight – or whenever we get back.

SECTION 3

Tutor: So have you chosen a product yet?

Jenny: I think so. We’d like to build a […………………………..]exercise aid.

Tutor: Sounds interesting. Tell me more.

Maeve: Well, we did some research and were amazed to discover the sheer range of applications for gyroscopic […………………………..].

Gyroscopes are used in laser and optical devices and can be found in many […………………………..]appliances, too.

Tutor: Right, tell me about this product […………………………..]though. The aim of the […………………………..]is to create something practical, […………………………..]and beneficial for consumers. Justify your decision.

Jenny: Well, we believe we can design and build a cheap and effective […………………………..]-strengthening aid by taking […………………………..]of the inertial forces created by a gyroscope.

Maeve: Yes, what we want to do is design a ball which can be held in the palm. Within the ball, there will be a simple gyroscope. This gyroscope can be set in […………………………..]by movements of the lower arm and […………………………..]together in synch. The device will not require any […………………………..]power source because it will be […………………………..]by the movements of the arm and wrist. This will create considerable […………………………..]and an excellent lower¬arm […………………………..]aid. It will be simple to design and cheap to produce, yet extremely effective.

Tutor: This all sounds very good. I’m impressed

Jenny: Thanks Mark, we’re glad you like it I think we’re really onto something here. Our research has told us there’s nothing […………………………..]in the market and that a product like this would have […………………………..]uses. Not only could it be used as an everyday toning and exercise […………………………..], it could also be beneficial to people in […………………………..]who have suffered serious lower-arm […………………………..]. We see the product being marketed towards high-performance […………………………..], like tennis and golf players, for whom lower-arm strength is […………………………..], too.

Tuton: I’ve heard enough to give your project the go ahead Now, let’s talk costs.

Maeve: Right, well we […………………………..]that around […………………………..]will be required for product development.[…………………………..]Tutor: You mean to build the […………………………..]?

Maeve: Exactly. And we’ll need half of that again to carry out some product testing.

Tutor: And what’s your timeline for the project?

Jenny: The prototype should be ready a […………………………..]after work on the design starts and we’ll need another […………………………..]for testing.

Maeve: We want to enlist the help of 15 people to test the pro¬totype. Ideally, we want 5 professional […………………………..]to try it out, 5 recovery patients and the remainder of the subjects will be gym members – our three […………………………..]markets.

Tutor: Okay. Well, you have a lot of work to do, but you’ve certainly made a good start. Let’s meet again on Monday to get the ball rolling.

SECTION 4

It is only natural to feel somewhat […………………………..]before giving a speech, and while a few nerves never did any harm — and can in fact prove […………………………..]– letting your nerves overcome you can be […………………………..]. Today’s presentation will focus on ways to control those […………………………..]and help you to give better presentations in future.

First and […………………………..], you’ve got to know your […………………………..]. I cant stress that enough. If you fail to prepare, you might as well prepare to fail. Even the most experienced speakers never turn up […………………………..]and NEVER try to wing it. […………………………..]your subject and use humour, […………………………..]and conversational language. This will make it easier for you

to remember what you want to say.

Secondly, practise, practise, practise! […………………………..]well in advance. and […………………………..]out loud, and with all the […………………………..]you plan on using. Practise you timing – when to pause and when to breathe – and prepare for the […………………………..]. Something always goes wrong, especially when you are relying on […………………………..]. So always have a back-up plaa Get to know your […………………………..]before you have to […………………………..]in front of them. Meet and greet them on the way in, perhaps. It is much easier to talk to a group of friends than a group of […………………………..]. And, just as importantly, know your room as well. Arrive early, pace the speaking area and practice using the […………………………..] and visual aids.

The hardest part is trying to relax. Never rush straight into your speech. Begin slowly and address the audience first. In fact, even before you start, take a few deep […………………………..]. You know – one one- thousand. two one-thousand, three one-thousand – this will turn your nervous energy into […………………………..].

Visualisation can be a great confidence […………………………..]. Visualise your- setf making the speech in the wav that you […………………………..]. Imagine your voice loud and […………………………..], and picture the audience […………………………..]and rooting for you. Remember, people want you to succeed. The audience wants to hear an interesting and […………………………..]speech. They aren’t hoping you make a fool of yourself.

Whatever you do. avoid making unnecessary […………………………..]. If you make a mistake or two, forget about it. Few will notice and it will all be forgotten before too long.

People often forget the importance of […………………………..]. Don’t underestimate this. Your words carry far less meaning than your delivery. Success is defined by your […………………………..]and confidence. If you come across as a confident person, people will listen to you – you will command their […………………………..]. Stand tall and proud and deliver with […………………………..]. Humans are very bad […………………………..]. We remember less than […………………………..]of what is said and place far more emphasis on how it is said

Last of all, be realistic and give yourself a chance. No one becomes the perfect speaker […………………………..]. It takes time to hone your presentation skills.

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