Short conversations



W: I’m going to give up playing chess. I lost again today.

M: Just because you lost? Is that any reason to quit?

Q: What does the man imply?


M: Do you know Sally’s new address? She’s got some mail here, and I’d like to forward it to her.

W: Well, we’ve not been in touch for quite a while. Let’s see. Mary should know it.

Q: What does the woman mean?


W: I missed classes this morning. Could you please lend me your notes?

M: My notes? You’ve never see my handwriting, have you?

Q: What does the man imply?


M: I’m taking my girlfriend to the fancy new restaurant for her birthday tonight.

W: I went there last weekend, I found it rather disappointing.

Q: What does the woman mean?


W: Winter is over at last. Time to put away my gloves and boots.

M: I’ve been waiting for this for months.

Q: What does the man mean?


W: Thank you for bringing the books back.

M: I thought you need them over the weekend. Many thanks for letting me use them.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?


W: Are you working flexible hours?

M: No, I’m not. The weather today is so nice, so I decided to walk to work, and that meant I had to leave an hour earlier than usual.

Q: What did the man decided to do?


W: Our plane has been circling for a long time. Why the delay?

M: The airport is closed for a while this morning, and things are still not back to normal.

Q: What does the man mean? 

短对话 点评

【总评】:8 个短对话总体来说比以往四级听力要难,推理判断题居多,而且今年的听力原文中更倾向于接近真实生活,出现了口语中的省略现象。

1. 主要考查的是推理判断的能力。

本题的关键在于听懂反问句和反问的语调。男士说:“Is that any reason to quit? 这能是你放弃的理由吗?”反问语气表肯定!换句话说,男士的建议是你应该好好继续下棋。

2. 主要考查抓听细节的能力。

本题的关键在于听到细节“Mary should know it. ”男士说自己手边有一堆Sally的信件需要寄给她,所以需要知道她的地址。女士说自己很久没跟Sally联系了,但是结尾说了一句:“Mary应该知道地址。”

3. 主要考查的是推理判断的能力。

这道题同样是一个反义疑问句,表达肯定意思。关键听到男士的那句:“You’ve never see my handwriting, have you?”“你从没看过我的笔迹吧?”话外音可以推理出来就是:我的笔迹很难认,你肯定看不出来我写的是什么笔记。

4. 主要考查的是推理能力。


5. 主要考查的是抓听细节和推理判断的能力。


6. 主要考查的是抓听细节能力。

关键听到男士说的那句:Many thanks for letting me use them. 太感谢你让我看他们了。thank和选项中的appreciate为同义词。

7. 主要考查的是抓听细节能力。

本题是典型的动作判断题。通过选项全是动词短语就可判断应该抓听动词。而本题最关键的是细节:I decided to walk to work.和选项中的Go on foot. 为同义表达。

8. 主要考查的是抓听细节的能力

本题关键是听到男士的话:男士说今早机场关闭了一段时间了,而且仍然没恢复正常。其中的closed for a while和选项中的Temporary closing同义。


Long conversation


Woman: Morning, this is TGC!

Man: Good morning, Walter Barry here, calling from London. Could I speak to Mr. Grand, please?

Woman: Who’s calling, please?

Man: Walter Barry, from London.

Woman: What is it about, please?

Man: Well, I understand that your company has a chemical processing plant. My own company LCP, Liquid Control Products, is a leader in safety from leaks in the field of chemical processing. I’d like to speak to Mr. Grand to discuss ways in which we could help TGC to protect itself from such problems and save money at the same time.

Woman: Yes, I see. Well, Mr. Grand is not available just now.

Man: Can you tell me when I could reach him?

Woman: He’s very busy for the next few days. Then he’ll be away in New York. So it’s difficult to give you a time.

Man: Could I speak to someone else, perhaps?

Woman: Who, in particular?

Man: A colleague, for example?

Woman: You are speaking to his personal assistance. I can deal with calls for Mr. Grand.

Man: Yes, well, could I ring him tomorrow?

Woman: No, I’m sorry, he won’t be free tomorrow. Listen, let me suggest something. You send us details of your products and services, together with references from other companies. And then we’ll contact you.

Man: Yes, that’s very kind of you. I have your address.

Woman: Very good, Mr…?

Man: Barry. Walter Barry, from LCP in London.

Woman: Right, Mr. Barry. We look forward to hearing from you.

Man: Thank you, goodbye.

Woman: Bye.

9. What do we learn about the woman’s company?

10. What do we learn about the man?

11. What’s the woman’s position in her company?

12. What does the woman suggest the man do?


Long conversation


Man: Miss Yamada, did you ever think that you would find yourself living and working in the western world?

Woman: No, not really, although I’ve always listened to recordings of great orchestras from Europe.

Man: So you enjoyed classical music even when you were very young?

Woman: Oh, yes. I was an only child.

Man: You were born in 1955, is that right?

Woman: Yes, I began violin lessons at school when I was 6.

Man: As young as that, did you like it?

Woman: Oh, yes, very much.

Man: When did you first play on your own? I mean, when did you give your first performance?

Woman: I think I was 8…? No, Nine. I just had my birthday a week before, and my father had bought me a new violin. I played a small piece at the school concert.

Man: Did you know then that you would become a professional violinist?

Woman: Yes, I think so. I enjoy playing the violin very much, and I didn’t mind practicing, sometimes three or four hours a day.

Man: And when did you first come to Europe?

Woman: I was very lucky. When I was fifteen, I won a scholarship to a college in Paris. That was for a three-year course.

Man: How did your parents feel about that?

Woman: I think they were pleased and worried at the same time. It was the chance of a lifetime. But of course I would be thousands of miles from home. Anyway, I studied in Paris for three years and then went back to Tokyo.

13. What do we know about the woman before she went to Europe?

14. What does the woman say about her music experience?

15. What does the woman say about her study in Paris? 

长对话 点评




主要讲了一位化学产品公司的推销员想要向其他公司推荐自家公司产品的过程。 对话开头男士先表明自己的身份和想要推荐产品的意图,但遇到的问题是男士需要找的Mr. Grand非常忙,没空处理这件事。女士作为Mr. Grand的助理开始处理,问题的最终解决是要求男士提供自己家产品的详细介绍邮寄过来。

这是典型四级听力工作类长对话的模式:先工作方面的介绍,然后谈到工作中遇到的问题,最后是问题的解决。分别设置了这3个考点。相对而言,工作类考题比较难的地方在于部分词汇会造成干扰:例如,公司名Liquid Control Products,chemical processing, personal assistance, reference等,但除了personal assistance直接与考点相关外,其他单词没听懂考生也应完全不纠结。而personal assistance在选项中为所听即所得。






Passage 3

The British are supposed to be famous for laughing at themselves, but even their sense of humour has a limit, as the British retailer Gerald Ratner found out to his cost. When Ratner took over his father's chain of 130 jewelry shops in 1984, he introduced a very clear company policy. He decided that his shops should sell down market products at the lowest possible prices. It was a great success. The British public loved his cheap gold earrings and his tasteless silver ornaments. By 1991, Ratner's company had 2,400 shops and it was worth over 680 million pounds. But in April of that year, Gerald Ratner made a big mistake. At a big meeting of top British businesspeople, he suited up and explained the secret of his success. People say "How can we sell our goods for such a low price?" I say "Because they are absolute rubbish." His audience roared with laughter. But the British newspapers and the British public were not so amused. People felt insulted and stayed away from Ratner's shops. Sales fell and 6 months after his speech, Ratner's share price had fallen by 42%. The following year, things got worse and Gerald Ratner was forced to resign. By the end of 1992, he lost his company, his career and his house. Even worse, 25,000 of his employees had lost their jobs. It had been a very expensive joke.

Question 22 What did Gerald Ratner decide to do when he took over his father's shops?

Question 23 On what occasion did Gerald Ratner explained the secret of his success?

Question 24 How did people feel when they leaned of Gerald Ratner's remarks?

Question 25 What does the story of Gerald Ratner suggest?


Passage One

16. What does the speaker say about William Shakespeare?

答案:B) His personal history is little known.


17. What do we learn about Shakespeare's father?

答案:D) He was a member of the town council.

【点评】本题考查事实细节。文章中提到莎士比亚的父亲受人尊敬,是Stratford-on-Avon镇议会的一名成员。选项a member of the town council与原文完全对应。

18. Why does the speaker say parts of Shakespeare's life will remain a mystery?

答案:C) Possible sources of clues about him were lost in a fire.

【点评】本题考查事实细节。文章中提到莎士比亚一部分的生活将永远不为人所知。因为1666年伦敦的一场大火把很多重要文件烧毁了,而这些本来可能是了解莎士比亚的重要线索。所以答案选择Possible sources of clues about him were lost in a fire。

Passage Two

19. What is mentioned as a most common danger when people go travelling abroad?

答案:A) Theft.


20. What is the most important thing to do when you prepare for your trip abroad?

答案:B) Have the right documents.


21. What does the speaker suggest you do when you arrive at your destination?

答案:B) Use official transport.

【点评】文章最后提到,到达目的地后要选择乘坐正式的交通工具,不要搭乘陌生人的车。选项use official transport和文中完全一致,所听即所得可得出答案。 

Passage Three

22. C) Sell inexpensive products.

23. A) At a meeting of top British businesspeople.

24. D) Insulted.

25. B) There should be a limit to one's sense of humour.


Spot Dictation


Looking at the basic biology systems, the world is not doing very well. Yet economic indicators show the world is prospering. Despite a slow start at the beginning of the eighties, global economic output increased by more than a fifth during the decade. The economy grew, trade increased, and millions of new jobs were created. How can biological indicators show the opposite of economic indicators?

The answer is that the economic indicators have a basic fault: they show no difference between resources uses that sustain progress and those uses that will hurt it. The main measure of economic progress is the gross national product (GNP). In simple terms, this totals the value of all goods and services produced and subtracts loss in value of factories and equipment. Developed a half-century ago, GNP helped establish a common way among countries of measuring change in economic output. For some time, this seemed to work reasonably well, but serious weakness are now appearing. As indicated earlier, GNP includes loss in value of factories and equipment, but it does not take into account the loss of natural resources, including nonrenewable resources such as oil or renewable resources such as forests.

This basic fault can produce a misleading sense of national economic health. According to GNP, for example, countries that overcut forest actually do better than those that preserve their forest. The trees cut down are counted as income but no subtraction is made for using up the forests. 

26. prospering

27. decade

28. opposite

29. sustain

30. In simple terms

31. establish

32. reasonably

33. take into account

34. misleading

35. using up