A. To see a play. B. To play football. C. To watch TV.
8. Where is the woman going?
A. To Paris. B. To Amsterdam. C. To Malaga.
9. What is the most probable relationship between the two speakers?
A. Friends. B. Husband and wife. C. Strangers.
10. What is the woman’s destination?
A. The 16th Street. B. Battery Park. C. A bookshop.
11. Why does she want to make a stop at Union Square?
A. Because she is late.
B. Because she wants to buy something there.
C. Because Sally is waiting for her there.
12. What can we know about the man speaker?
A. He is a bus driver. B. He is a taxi driver. C. He is a passer-by.
13. What is the man’s problem?
A. His passport is missing. B. He can’t find his traveler’s checks.
C. He has lost his credit card.
14. What did the man buy in the department store yesterday?
A. A sports suit.B. A pair of sunglasses.C. A pair of trainers.
15. Where does this conversation most likely take place?
A. At the boss’ office.B. At the Lost and Found.C. At the police station.
16. What can we know about the man from the conversation?
A. He is too careless. B. He likes shopping.C. He is traveling abroad.
17. Which month means different for sports fans?
A. October.B. September. C. August.
18. Where will the World Series of Little League Baseball be held?
A. New York City. B. Pennsylvania. C. New YorkState.
19. When is the Opening night of the National Basketball Association?
A. October 31st. B. August 27th. C. October 21st.
20. What is true about the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”?
A. It was written by a baseball fan. B. It was written for a baseball team.
C. It was written over 100 years ago.
W: Excuse me, where are the women’s shoes?
M: They’re on the third floor, next to the handbags.
W: Thank you.
W: Mike, you don’t quite seem yourself today. You okay?
M: Well, I hardly slept last night. I’ve been studying for my exams these days.
W: You mean Jack has stopped smoking, Frank? That’s amazing.
M: Yes, it’s really amazing. He used to be a chain smoker, you know.
W:What about you? Have you thought about quitting smoking?
W: Summer vacation is coming. Have you already got any plan?
M:Not really. But I’m going to head down to Vancouver Island to visit my brother for a few days first. We haven’t seen each other for a couple of years. Then maybe go back home. I’m a little homesick.
W:I feel scared of hosting the evening party. You know, this is the first time for me to host such an important party.
M:Don’t you worry. Just be yourself and everything will be fine. I’m sure you can do quite well.
W:So, what are we going to do tonight, Dave?
M:Let’s watch TV. There’s a soccer match between the US and Brazil on.
W:No way! We are on VACATION. I refuse to sit in a hotel room and watch soccer on TV. I want to go to see a play.
M:Come on. I’m sure it’s too late to get tickets now.
W:Nice try, but you don’t know for sure without trying.
M:All right, all right. Which shows are popular right now?
W:I read in New York Magazine yesterday that Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin are co-starring in A Streetcar Named Desire. Isn’t it great? Let me first call the ticket agent to see if there are any tickets.
W: Are you going to Paris, too?
M:Actually, I’m going to Paris first, and then to Amsterdam. I’d like to visit museums in these two cities.
W: May I ask where you’re from?
M: I’m from Spain.
W: Oh, I went to Malaga once, about five years ago. It was beautiful.
M: I’m glad you liked it. Are you Japanese?
W: No. I’m from China.
M: Oh, I’ve been to China.
M:Where to go, Madam?
W:Battery Park, please—but can you make a stop at Union Square? I want to pick up my friend there.
W:How long will it take to Union Square?
M:Well, that depends on the traffic, you know. It’s pretty heavy this afternoon.
W:Can you make it in fifteen minutes? I’m already ten minutes late.
M:OK, I’ll try. Where exactly is your friend waiting at that place?
W: On the 14th Street side. Oh, we’re already at the 16th Street. You’re fast. Can you make a left at the next corner?
M:Oh, you got it.
W:I think she’s around here. Can you slow down? Ah, there she is! Just in front of the bookshop. Sally!
M:Excuse me, could you help me?
W:Yes. What seems to be the problem?
M:Well, I was wondering if anyone has turned in a passport.
W:I’m afraid not. Have you lost your passport?
M: I think so. I can’t find it anywhere in my hotel room, and I remember the last place I used it yesterday was in this department store.
W:Where exactly did you use your passport in our store?
M:I wanted to buy a pair of sunglasses first, but I couldn’t find a suitable one. Then, in the sports department I had to show it to pay for a pair of trainers with my traveler’s checks.
W:Well, would you please fill in this lost property report? I’ll keep my eye out for it. Those kinds of things usually turn up eventually, but I suggest you contact your embassy and tell them about your situation, so they can issue you a new passport in case it doesn’t show up.
M:OK. Do you have a pen?
W:Here you are.
M:Thank you. Oh, I always take good care of my things. I don’t know what happened to me yesterday.
Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I’m Barbara Klein. For sports fans, August means different things. For those who follow American football, August is traditionally when players begin training. For tennis lovers, the United States Open begins on August twenty-eighth in New York City. For basketball fans—well, they have a little time. The National Basketball Association just released its full list of games for the coming season. Opening night is October thirty-first. So what have we left out? Oh yes, the boys—and girls—of summer. Little League baseball. Their World Series is August twenty-seventh in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As for the major leagues, their World Series is not until October twenty-first.
There are probably more than one thousand songs about baseball. The most popular is “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” It was written in nineteen-oh-eight by Jack Norworth. He wrote it after seeing a sign about baseball in an underground train in New York City. Jack Norworth reportedly had never seen a Major League Baseball game. He did not see one until thirty-three years after he wrote the song. People still sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during baseball games. In the game, near the end everyone stands up and stretches their arms and legs. Most often, they sing the song together.
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