Greetings and Introductions
People greet each other when they meet.
And in meeting new people it is common to introduce oneself and be introduced by others.
This exercise focuses on different ways to greet people and to make introductions.
Listen to the recording and complete the following conversations.
1. Bill: Hi, Mary.
Mary: Hi, Bill. How are you doing?
Bill: Good, thanks. And you?
Mary: Just fine, Bill. I'd like you to meet my classmate, Bob Smith.
Bob, this is my friend, Bill Jones.
Bill: Hello, nice to meet you.
Bob: Nice to meet you, too.
2. Linda: Excuse me, are you Paul Johnson from London?
I'm Linda Blake from Smith and Wells.
Paul: Yes, I am Paul Johnson. How do you do, Miss Blake?
Linda: How do you do, Mr. Johnson? May I introduce Charles Green to you?
He's our sales manager.
Paul: Pleased to meet you, Mr. Green.
Mr. Green: It's a pleasure to meet you.
3. Jack: Mum, I've brought one of my friends.
Mother: Ask him in, Jack.
Jack: Come and meet my family, Tom. Mum, this is Tom, my roommate.
Mother: Hello, Tom. It's good to know you.
Tom: How do you do, Mrs. Brown?
Jack: And this is my sister, Jane.
Detecting Incomplete Plosion
In connected speech when a plosive consonant like /k/, /g/, /t/, /d/, /p/, /b/
is followed by another consonant, it is not fully pronounced.
This is called incomplete plosion.
Listen and read after the recording, paying attention to the letters in italics.
1. Laura is one of the top students in Grade One.
2. Ted likes to sing English pop songs.
3. Listening is not a big problem for me.
4. Frank can speak six languages fluently.
5. I'd like to read novels and short stories in English.
6. Bob's strong local accent makes it difficult for us to understand him.
Talking About Studying English
Exercise 1: Listening for general understanding
Listen to the recording once
and choose the right answers to the questions you hear.
At a gathering of students from China and some other countries, Yang Weiping and Virginia Wang, both first-year college students, are talking about their learning of English.
Hello, my name is Yang Weiping.
I'm a freshman at Peking University and I'm majoring in chemistry.
At college we have to study a foreign language.
I choose English
because I like listening to English programs on the radio and TV.
I also like British and American pop songs.
Some day I hope to visit Britain and the United States.
I started learning English several years ago and I'm getting better at it.
My favorite activity is listening, especially listening to songs and stories.
My big problem is, however, speaking.
I feel nervous whenever I speak. And I never seem to know what to say when people talk to me.
But I've decided to overcome my shyness and learn to speak English by speaking as much as I can.
Hi, my name is Virginia Wang.
I'm a library science major at the National University of Singapore.
In our country, English is important. It is one of the official languages and you have to be fluent in English to get a good job.
I've been studying English since high school.
I'm good at reading because I like learning about new things and new ideas.
There are so many books and articles written in English.
Our textbooks at the university are in English, too.