45 Listen to a woman talking about taking holidays. What does she wish she could do? (B)
A Spend more time at her country house.
B Travel to different European cities.
C Visit more popular places.
46 Listen to a man talking about a trip he went on recently. Which was his original destination? (C)
B Beijing C Melbourne
47 Listen to a woman talking about a holiday she took. What did she find most surprising about the place she visited? (B)
A its busy nightlife B the friendliness of the locals C the familiarity of the area
48 Listen to a teenager talking about family holidays. How does he feel? (A)
A He finds taking a holiday with his family enjoyable.
B He thinks he is too old to go on holiday with his parents.
C He does not find family holidays exciting any more.
49 Listen to a man talking about holidays abroad. What does he think? (A)
A It is necessary to get some information on local customs.
B The preparations can be very exciting.
C Your travel agent should be well-organised.
50 Listen to a woman talking about duty-free shops. What is her opinion?(C)
A It takes less time to shop there.
B They sell the best souvenirs and perfume.
C They sell fewer things than regular stores.
Test 8 - Listening Speaker 1 (woman)
Spending the weekend at the country house was perfect when I was younger, but now I’ve grown rather tired of it. For me, an ideal weekend away involves going to
popular nearby locations and taking in new scenery. Of course, it’d be great if I had the money to jet off to the cosmopolitan capitals of Europe every other week, but I suppose that won’t be happening any time soon!
Speaker 2 (man)
Bangkok must be one of the best places I’ve ever visited. I had the chance to see the city during a three-day stopover on my way to Melbourne. I’d never expected it, but Thailand’s capital turned out to be a tourist’s paradise! So fascinated was I by the Asian culture, I’ve decided that my next destination will be Beijing, another great culture capital in Asia.
Speaker 3 (woman)
When I agreed to join my friends on a five-day trip to a remote island in the Mediterranean, I never expected to have such a great experience. Being an island of few inhabitants, it sounded like a terribly boring place. But the truth is that we found so many things to do there that we barely had a moment’s rest! What truly amazed me, though, was the ease with which the locals struck up conversation with us, or offered to show us around the island. It was as if they’d known us for years!
Speaker 4 (teenage boy)
I’m happy to join my parents and my younger sister on family trips, but I’m also at an age where I need to spend some time off with my friends too. Mum and Dad think that going on holiday with them has become a boring routine for me, but nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps, on our next trip, I could bring a couple of friends along. Then we’d all be happy!
Speaker 5 (man)
Everyone is excited at the idea of a foreign holiday, but not many of us are crazy about all the preparations. Yet a reliable travel agent and good organisational skills on your part will make holiday planning much easier for you. Of course, it’s important to do a bit of reading on the traditions and habits of your chosen destination, so you don’t find yourself experiencing a culture shock!
Speaker 6 (woman)
Whenever I travel by plane, I always make sure that I allow myself a little extra time to do some duty-free shopping at the airport. Although many of them have a limited range of goods compared to shops in the city, their low prices are certainly appealing. My brother says they’re great for last-minute shopping, but for me duty free shopping is just an opportunity to buy my favourite perfume and nice souvenirs at almost half price.