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New English File Pre-intermediate Listening Scripts



A When’s the exam?

B Next week.

A Yeah, I know, but what day? Is it Wednesday or Thursday?

B No, it’s Tuesday.


A The weekend goes so quickly.

B I know. I can’t believe that it’s Monday tomorrow.


A Excuse me! Do you have the right time?

B Yes, it’s twenty-five to nine.

A Thanks.


A We’re going to be late for class.

B Relax. It doesn’t start until quarter past ten. It’s only five past.


A When was she born?

B Let’s see. She was born on the 23rd August 1947.

A Where?

B In Germany.


A Do you have any tickets left for the 5th of June?

B Let’s see…Yes, we do. How many would you like?

A Two please.

B OK, that’s 27 euros please.


A Hello?

B Hi it’s me. I’m in your street but I can’t remember the number of your house. Is it 117?

A No, it’s 170.


A How much are those flowers?

B 50 euros.

A 50? That’s not cheap.



I was very optimistic when I went to meet Claire. My first impression was that she was very friendly and very extrovert. Physically she was my type – she was quite slim and not very tall with long dark hair – very pretty. And she was very funny too. She had a great sense of humour. We laughed a lot. But the only problem was that Claire was very talkative. She talked all the time and I just listened. She wasn’t very interested in me. At the end of the evening I knew everything about her and she knew nothing about me. Claire was the kind of woman I could have as a friend but not as a girlfriend.


When I first saw Nina I couldn’t believe it. I thought ‘Wow! Thanks mum’. She’s very attractive – she’s got short dark hair – and she’s quite tall. She’s Hungarian, from Budapest but her English was fantastic.

At first she was a bit shy but when we started chatting we found we had a lot of things in common – we both like music, food and travelling. We got on really well – we didn’t stop talking for the whole evening. When it was time to go I knew I really wanted to see Nina again and I asked her for her phone number. But – she just smiled at me and said in her beautiful Hungarian accent. ‘Richard, you’re really sweet but I’m sorry you’re not my type.’


OK, now the painting we are looking at now is by the French painter Toulouse Lautrec.

The painting is called At the Moulin Rouge. As you probably know The Moulin Rouge is a nightclub in Paris. Maybe some of you remember the film Moulin Rouge? In the 19th century, the nightclub was very famous for its beautiful dancers and singers.

Toulouse Lautrec did a lot of paintings and posters of the Moulin Rouge. He especially loved painting the dancers. And in these paintings he sometimes included his friends too.

In the middle of the picture there are five people who are sitting at a table having a drink. The woman who’s wearing a hat is a dancer – her name is la Macarona – and the man sitting next to her on the right is a friend of Toulouse Lautrec. He was a photographer. On the right, here, there’s a woman with fair hair, blue eyes, and very red lips. Her face looks very white. That’s another famous dancer called Jane Avril. At the back of the picture, on the right, there are two women who are standing together. One of them is touching her hair. That’s La Goulue and she was one of the most famous singers at the Moulin Rouge at that time.

Now this is very interesting. If you look carefully to the left of the two women, there are two men walking out of the nightclub. One of them is very tall and the other one is very short. The very tall man is Toulouse Lautrec’s cousin Gabriel, and the other man is Toulouse Lautrec himself. Toulouse Lautrec was only 1 metre 50 centimetres tall. He had very short legs and couldn’t walk very well. Some people think that this is why he loved painting the dancers of the Moulin Rouge ... because they all had beautiful, long legs.


Presenter Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to What’s the word?

And our first contestant tonight is Adam. Hello Adam. Are you nervous?

Adam Just a bit.

Presenter Well try and relax Adam and play What’s the word? with us. In case you’re watching the show for the first time here’s how we play the game. I have six cards with things, people, or places written on them. I’m going to give Adam definitions and he’s going to try and guess the words on my six cards. But of course, I can’t use any of the words on the cards in my definitions. So, for example, if I have a card with taxi driver, I can’t use taxi or driver in my definition. Are you ready Adam?

Adam Er yes.

Presenter OK, you have two minutes to guess what’s on the six cards starting now!

Presenter OK, you have two minutes to guess what’s on the six cards starting now! OK, Adam. Card number 1. It’s a person. It’s somebody who works in a restaurant.

Adam A cook.

Presenter No, no it’s the person who takes the food from the kitchen to the tables.

Adam Oh a waiter.

Presenter: That’s right. Card number 2. It’s a place. It’s a place where you go when you want to buy something.

Adam A shop.

Presenter Yes, but it’s a very big shop where you can buy anything.

Adam Is it a department store?

Presenter Yes, well done. OK Card number 3. It’s a thing... mmm. It’s a thing which you use to talk to people.

Adam Your mouth?

Presenter No, no, no. It’s a kind of machine. It’s very small. Nearly everybody has one nowadays.

Adam Mobile phone?

Presenter That’s it! Card number 4. It’s an adjective. It’s the opposite of fat.

Adam Thin?

Presenter It’s like thin, but it means thin and attractive.

Adam Slim?

Presenter Yes! Number 5. It’s an adjective again. Er...It’s how you feel when you have a lot of work.

Adam Worried?

Presenter No, but it’s similar to worried. It’s how you feel when you have a lot of things to do but you don’t have time to do them.

Adam Busy?

Presenter No!

Adam Stressed?

Presenter Yes, brilliant. And card number six, the last one. OK. It’s a verb

For example, you do this with the TV.

Adam Watch?

Presenter No…

Presenter It’s what you do when you finish watching the TV.

Adam Er...go to bed?

Presenter No, you do it to the TV before you go to bed.

Adam Is it turn off?

Presenter Yes!


Hi. My name’s Mark Ryder. I’m American and I live in San Francisco. I work for a music company called MTC. I’m divorced and I have a daughter.

Last month I went to England on a work trip, and I met Allie. She’s British, and she works for MTC in the UK. We had a great five days. We went out for coffee. We went shopping. It was my birthday, and she bought me a present. We went out for dinner. I really liked her, and I think she liked me too.

I invited her to a conference in San Francisco, and she said yes. And now I’m at the airport. I’m waiting for her to arrive.


Mark Allie, hi!

Allie Hi Mark.

Mark You look great!

Allie You too. How are you?

Mark I’m fine. How was the flight?

Allie Long! Eleven hours.

Mark You must be really tired.

Allie Yes. I couldn’t sleep at all. The people next to me had a baby with them. What’s the time here? I need to change my watch.

Mark It’s seven in the evening.

Allie It’s three in the morning for me.

Mark OK, I’m going to take you right to the hotel and you can rest.

Allie Fine. Sorry!

Mark You are going to love San Francisco! I’m so pleased you came!

Allie Me too. It’s great to see you again.

Mark Come on. My car’s in the parking lot. Let’s go.


Presenter Hello and welcome to today’s Holiday Programme. Today we’ve asked you to call in with your holiday horror stories – holidays where things went wrong. Our first caller today is Sean from Belfast. Hi Sean.

Sean Hello.

Presenter So where was this holiday?

Sean Well, this didn’t happen to me, it happened to my aunt and uncle, last summer.

Presenter Where did they go?

Sean To Ibiza.

Presenter A fantastic place for a holiday.

Sean Yes, fantastic place if you’re seventeen – but they’re nearly seventy!

Presenter Oh…

Sean And they wanted a quiet holiday, a relaxing holiday – you know. They like walking in the countryside, sitting on quiet beaches – things like that. They don’t go abroad very often, but they wanted to do something different.

Presenter So why did they choose Ibiza? It’s the party island.

Sean Yes, it is now but they didn’t know that. You see, they first went to Ibiza in the late sixties, when it was a beautiful, peaceful island with traditional cafes and restaurants, deserted beaches. And this was exactly what they wanted. So they looked on the Internet – my uncle loves his computer – and they booked a hotel for a week in the same part of the island where they’d been before. And they found some cheap flights. It all seemed so perfect.

Presenter So what happened?

Sean You can imagine. It was a complete disaster. Their hotel was in San Antonio, a resort that’s full of bars and discos. There was music until 5.00 in the morning, noise of car doors opening, motorbikes, and people shouting. They couldn’t sleep at all. They were too tired to do anything during the day. They tried to get some sleep, but they couldn’t because it was too hot. When they came home they were in a state of shock.

Presenter Oh dear – What are their plans for this year?

Sean I don’t know. I think they’ll probably stay at home this year …and next year… and probably the year after that…

Presenter Thank you Sean. And now…


Marinette We didn’t know that our picture was so famous until thirty years later. One day I was working in the cafe when the man from the bookshop next door came in. He was holding a new book which had a photo on the cover. Suddenly I said, ‘ I don’t believe it! That’s Henri and I when we were very young!’

I remember that afternoon at the Bastille very well. When the man took that photo we were arguing! Henri was standing very near me. I was saying, ‘Henri, don’t stand so near me, there is somebody behind us.’

Henri We didn’t know that the photographer was taking a photo of us. We were arguing. I can’t remember exactly what we were arguing about. I think I was trying to kiss Marinette and she didn’t want to. Or I think maybe we were arguing about our wedding – we got married a few months after the man took the photo.

Marinette People who know this photo always think of us as the eternal lovers, like Romeo and Juliet. But life isn’t like that. It’s very difficult to stay in love when you see your husband every day at home and you see him every day at work too. And I’m very hard-working but Henri is still a dreamer. Ah, those were the days…


Two hours later a police car arrived at Hannah’s house. A policewoman knocked at the door. ‘Good evening, Madam,’ she said. ‘Are you Hannah Davis? I’d like to speak to you. Can I come in?’

The policewoman came in and sat down on the sofa.

‘Are you a friend of Jamie Dixon?’ she said.

‘Yes,’ said Hannah.

‘I understand you were going to meet him this evening.’

‘Yes, at 5.30, at a coffee bar. But he didn’t come so I didn’t see him.’

‘Well I’m afraid I have some bad news for you,’ said the policewoman.

‘What? What’s happened?’

‘Jamie had an accident this evening.’

‘Oh no’, said Hannah. ‘What kind of accident?’

‘He was crossing the road and a car hit him.’

‘Is he ... Is he ...OK?’

‘Well, he’s going to be in hospital for a long time.’

‘Oh no.’

‘But don’t worry, He’s going to be OK.’

‘When did this happen?’ said Hannah.

‘This evening at twenty-five past five. He was crossing the road in the High Street.’

‘And the driver of the car?’ said Hannah.

‘She didn’t stop.’

‘She?’ said Hannah.

‘Yes, it was a woman in a white car. Every police officer in the town is looking for her.’

‘Can I go to the hospital to see Jamie?’ said Hannah.

‘Yes, I can take you there now.’

‘I’ll get my coat. OK I’m ready.’

‘Is that your car, madam? The white one over there?’

‘Yes it is,’ said Hannah.

‘Can I have a look at it? Did you know your front light is broken?’ said the policewoman.

‘No, I didn’t,’ said Hannah.

‘What exactly were you doing at 5.25 this evening, madam?’


Receptionist Good evening, ma’am. How can I help you?

Allie Good evening. I have a reservation. My name’s Alison Gray. I’m here for the MTC conference.

Receptionist Just a moment. Ah, here it is. Ms Gray. For six nights?

Allie That’s right.

Receptionist OK, Ms Gray. Here’s your key. You’re in room 419 on the fourth floor.

Allie Thank you. What time’s breakfast?

Receptionist From seven to nine, in the Pavilion Restaurant on the sixth floor.

Allie Thanks. Where’s the lift?

Receptionist The elevators are over there.

Allie Thanks.

Receptionist Do you need any help with your bags?

Allie Yes, please.

Mark Here you go, Allie. A cappuccino – see, I remembered!

Allie Well done! Thanks.

Mark Did you sleep well?

Allie Yes, very well. How are things?

Mark They’re fine.

Allie What are the plans for the week?

Mark Well, today we don’t have any free time. But tomorrow I’m going to take you to this great little restaurant I know.

Allie That sounds good.

Mark And then on Wednesday night there’s a cocktail party here at the hotel, and then a conference dinner on Thursday. Is there anything special you want to do?

Allie Well, I’d like to see the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. And I’d like to go shopping if there’s time.

Brad Hi Mark, how are you doing?

Mark Hi Brad. I’m fine, just fine.

Brad Aren’t you going to introduce me?

Mark Oh sure. Allie, this is Brad Martin. Brad works in the Los Angeles office. Brad, this is Allie Gray from the London office.

Allie Hello.

Brad Hi Allie, great to meet you. Mark told me you were very nice but he didn’t tell me you were so beautiful. So, is this your first time in San Francisco?

Allie Yes. Yes, it is.

Brad Has Mark shown you the sights?

Allie Well, not yet.

Brad Then maybe I can show you round. I love this city.

Mark Allie, it’s time to go. Excuse us, Brad.

Brad Well, great to meet you, Allie. See you round.

Allie Yes. Nice to meet you too. Goodbye.

Brad Bye.


Interviewer So Rima, did you find a job as an au pair?.

Rima Well, I found a job, but not looking after children. I’m working in

a restaurant – an Italian restaurant. I’m a waitress. I work very long hours!

Interviewer Was it difficult to find a job?

Rima No. There are lots of jobs in restaurants, hotels, cleaning, things like that.

Interviewer Are you still living in your friend’s flat?

Rima Yes, because it’s very expensive here and I can’t afford to rent my own flat. London is incredibly expensive!

Interviewer Your English is much better!

Rima Well, a bit better, I don’t go to classes, because I don’t have time. As I said, I work very long hours in the restaurant. But I watch a lot of English TV, and I speak English at work.

Interviewer When are you going back to Lithuania?

Rima I don’t know. My plans have changed a bit

Interviewer Why?

Rima Well, I met someone in the restaurant. He’s the chef. We’re getting married next month.

Interviewer Congratulations! Is he from Lithuania too?

Rima No, he’s Italian. From Naples. He’s a fantastic cook.

Interviewer So, are you going to stay in London?

Rima Yes. I’m very happy here now. We both really like London – our dream is to open a restaurant together one day.

Interviewer Are your family coming to the wedding?

Rima No! They don’t even know I’m getting married! You see, they want me to go back to Lithuania.

Interviewer Well, good luck with everything, Rima.

Presenter Today’s topic is ‘positive thinking’.

We all know that people who are positive enjoy life more than people who are negative and pessimistic. But scientific studies show that positive people are also healthier, get better more quickly when they’re ill, and live longer. A recent study shows that people who are optimistic and think positively live, on average, nine years longer than pessimistic people who think negatively. So, let’s hear what you the listeners think. Do you have any tips to help us be more positive in our lives?


Presenter And our first caller this evening is Andy. Hi Andy. What’s your tip for being positive?

Andy Hello. Well, I think it’s very important to live in the present and not in the past. Don’t think about mistakes you made in the past. You can’t change the past. The important thing is to think about how you will do things better in the future.

Presenter Thank you Andy. And now we have another caller. What’s your name, please?

Julie Hi, my name’s Julie. My tip is think positive thoughts, not negative ones. We all have negative thoughts sometimes but when we start having them we need to stop and try to change them into positive ones. Like, if I you have an exam tomorrow and you start thinking ‘I’m sure I’ll fail’, then you’ll fail the exam. So you need to change that negative thought to a positive thought. Just think to yourself ‘I’ll pass.’ I do this and it usually works.

Presenter Thank you Julie. And our next caller is Giovanna. Hi Giovanna.

Giovanna Hi. My tip is don’t spend a lot of time reading the papers or watching the news on TV. It’s always bad news and it just makes you feel depressed. Read a book or listen to your favourite music instead.

Presenter Thanks Giovanna. And our next caller is Miriam. Miriam?

Miriam Hi.

Presenter Hi Miriam. What’s your tip?

Miriam My tip is every week make a list of all the good things that happen to you. Then keep the list with you, in your bag or in a pocket, and if you’re feeling a bit sad or depressed just take it out and read it. It’ll make you feel better.

Presenter Thanks Miriam. And our last call is from Michael. Hi Michael. We’re


Michael Hi. My tip is to try to use positive language when you speak to other people. You know, if your friend has a problem don’t say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘Oh poor you’ say something positive like ‘Don’t worry! Everything will be OK.’ That way you’ll make the other person think more positively about their problem.

Presenter Thank you, Michael. Well that’s all we’ve got time for. A big thank you to all our callers. Until next week then, goodbye.

Patient So what does it mean, doctor?

Psychiatrist Well, first the party. A party is a group of people. This means that you’re going to meet a lot of people. I think you’re going to be very busy.

Patient At work?

Psychiatrist Yes, at work in an office, I think?

Patient Yes, that’s right.

Psychiatrist I think the party means you are going to have a lot of meetings.

Patient What about the champagne?

Psychiatrist Let me look at my notes again. Ah yes, you were drinking champagne. Champagne means a celebration. It’s a symbol of success. So we have a meeting or meetings and then a celebration. Maybe in the future you’ll have a meeting with your boss, about a possible promotion?

Patient Well, it’s possible. I hope so ...What about the garden and the flowers? Do they mean anything?

Psychiatrist Yes. Flowers are a positive symbol. So, the flowers mean that you are feeling positive about the future. So perhaps you already knew about this possible promotion?

Patient No, I didn’t. But it’s true, I am very happy at work and I feel very positive about my future. That’s not where my problems are. My problems are with my love life. Does my dream tell you anything about that?

Psychiatrist Mm, yes it does. You’re single, aren’t you?

Patient Yes, well, divorced.

Psychiatrist Because the violin music tells me you want some romance in your life – you’re looking for a partner perhaps?

Patient Yes, yes, I am. In fact I met a very nice woman last month – I really like her, ... I think I’m in love with her. I’m meeting her tonight...

Psychiatrist In your dream you saw an a tree?

Patient Yes, an owl...a big owl.

Psychiatrist The owl represents an older person. I think you’ll need to ask this older person for help. Maybe this ‘older person’ is me? Maybe you need my help?

Patient Well, yes, what I really want to know is... Does this person...this me?

Psychiatrist You remember the end of your dream? You were feeling cold?

Patient Yes, my feet were very cold

Psychiatrist Well... I think perhaps you already know the answer to your question.

Patient You mean she doesn’t love me.

Psychiatrist No, I don’t think so. I think you will need to find another woman. I’m sorry.

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