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Catching the Topic

You are going to listen to ten people. Each person will talk for a short time. Try to catch each person’s topic. Listen for repeated words. Also, listen for words that are about the topic.

Click on the “Listen” button to hear each person talking. Then, answer the questions. After you answer the questions, click on “Read the Words” to read the speaker’s words.

  1. Read the Words

    I have to say that, even though I love my dog, and he’s a good dog, and a beautiful dog, I wish I didn’t have a dog. You know, taking him for walks is too much work, and I have dog hair all over my house.

    What is the speaker talking about? Click on the topic.

    The speaker says two of these words. The two words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  2. Read the Words

    Julio always loved to play soccer. He was outside playing soccer every day after school, kicking the ball around the field even when rain was pouring down. In the only photograph I have of him, he’s carrying a soccer ball.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says four of these words. The four words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  3. Read the Words

    So, we’re going to order a pizza? Great. I’m starving. I’ll call the pizza place. What kind of pizza do you want, anyway? Extra cheese? Spicy sauce? Thick crust?

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says five of these words. The five words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  4. Read the Words

    I’m an only child, but not my wife. She comes from a huge family. There are ten kids in her family: five sisters and five brothers.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says five of these words. The five words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  5. Read the Words

    Water is the best drink. It’s the best thing for your thirst, but of course I also love to drink beer, and fruit juice is really good, too. Juice has a lot of sugar in it, though. You can get fat drinking beer and juice, but not water.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says four of these words. The four words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  6. Read the Words

    We have books for children, books for teenagers, and books for adults. Some of the older books are missing a few pages or have torn covers, but the newer books are all in perfect condition.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says two of these words. The two words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  7. Read the Words

    You’ll love it at this school. It’s not like your old school. In this school, students don’t sit in desks, and we don’t give homework. This school is really different.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says two of these words. The two words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  8. Read the Words

    It’s really cold in here, don’t you think? What’s the temperature, anyway? I’m freezing. Can I borrow your sweater? It’s so cold in here, I almost want to wear gloves.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says four of these words. The four words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  9. Read the Words

    We can do it if we have time. What time is it now? Ten after seven? Well, we have twenty minutes. That’s not enough time. We need an hour.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says two of these words. The two words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.

  10. Read the Words

    There are several good places to dance in town. There are a few clubs downtown for hip-hop, and there are also good places to dance if you like salsa or ballroom.

    What is the speaker talking about? Choose the topic.

    The speaker says four of these words. The four words are about the topic. Choose the words that the speaker says.