11. W: Just imagine we have to finish reading 300 pages before Monday, how can the professor expect us to do it in such a short time?
M: Yeah, but what troubles me is that I can’t find the book in the library or in the university bookstore.
Q: what does the man mean?
12. M: Do you think I could borrow your car to go grocery shopping? The supermarkets outside the city are so much cheaper. I’d also be happy to pick up anything you need.
W: Wow, I don’t like to let anyone else to drive my car. Tell you what, why don’t we go together?
Q: What does the woman mean?
13. M: Forgive the mess in here. We had a party last night. There were a lot of people and they all brought food
W: Yeah, I can tell. Well, I guess it’s pretty obvious what you’ll be doing most of today.
Q: What does the woman think the man will do？
14. W: What time would suit you for the first round talks with John Smith?
M: Well, you know my schedule. Other than this Friday, one day is as good as the next.
Q: What does the man mean?
15. W: I was so angry yesterday. My biology teacher did not even let me explain why I missed the field trip. He just wouldn’t let me pass.
M: That doesn’t seem fair. I’d feel that way too if I were you.
Q: What does the man imply?
16. M: I really can’t stand the way David controls the conversation all the time. If he’s going to be at your Christmas party, I just won’t come.
W: I’m sorry you feel that way. But my mother insists that he come.
Q: What does the woman imply?
17. W: You’re taking a course with Professor Johnson. What’s your impression so far?
M: Well, many students can hardly stay awake in his class without first drinking a cup of coffee.
Q: What does the man imply?
18. W: Have you ever put a computer together before?
M: No, never. But I think if we follow these instructions exactly, we won’t have much trouble.
Q: What are the speakers going to do?
W: What sort of hours do you work, Steve?
M: Oh, I have to work very long hours, about 11 hours a day.
W: What time do you start?
M: I work 9 to 3. Then I start again at 5:30 and work until 11. Six days a week. So I have to work very unsocial hours.
W: And do you have to work at the weekend?
M: Oh, yes, that’s our busiest time. I get Wednesdays off.
W: What are the things you have to do, and the things you don’t have to do?
M: Eh, I don’t have to do the washing-up, so that’s good. I have to wear white and I have to keep everything in the kitchen totally clean.
W: What’s hard about the job?
M: You’re standing up all the time. When we’re busy, people get angry and sharp. But that’s normal.
W: How did you learn the profession?
M: Well, I did a two year course at college. In the first year, we had to learn the basics. And then we had to take the exams.
W: Was it easy to find a job?
M: I wrote to about six hotels. And one of them gave me my first job. So I didn’t have to wait too long.
W: And what’s the secret of being good at your job?
M: Attention to detail and you have to love it. You have to show passion for it. And what are your plans for the future?
M: I want to have my own place when the time is right.
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What does the man say about his job?
20. What does the man think is the hardest part of his job?
21. Where did the man get his first job after graduation?
22. What does the man say is important to being good at his job?
Almost every child, on the first day he sets foot in the school building, is smarter, more curious, less afraid of what he does not know, better in finding and figuring things out, more confident, resourceful, persistent, and independent than he will ever be again in his schooling or unless he is very unusual and very lucky for the rest of his life. Already, by paying close attention to and interacting with the world and people around him, and without any school type formal instruction, he has done a task far more difficult, complicated, and abstract than anything he will be asked to do in school or than any of his teachers have done for years. He has solved the mystery of language. He has discovered it. Babies do not even know that language exists and he has found out how it works and learned to use it appropriately. He has done it by exploring, by experimenting, by developing his own model of the grammar of language, by trying it out and seeing whether it works by gradually changing it and refining it until it does work. And while he has been doing this, he has been learning other things as well, including many of the concepts that the schools think only they can teach him and many that more complicated than the ones they do try to teach him.