Chapter XII – Part 11

$ There are many things I didn’t catch.

$ So now look at the first script and listen again.

-      I don’t think car manufacturers and car dealers think about female customers at all.

-      I know what you mean. Car dealers don’t seem to listen to what women say they want.

-      Yes, they should take us seriously. After all, women are buying more cars these days.

-      Yes, so they should have more women selling cars.

-      The dealers are nearly always men and they do such a hard sell. I think they ought to use a soft-sell approach.

-      I agree. I really don’t like the hard sell. You know, I also think things like children’s car seats and car phones should be available as standard.

-      Yes, definitely, why don’t they fit car phones in all new cars? Women on their own feel much safer with a phone in the car.

-      And they should change the adverts, too.

-      Yes, I think there should be lots of product information in adverts. They ought to tell us about things like petrol consumption and safety features

-      I hate theses adverts just showing us fast cars in exotic locations.

-      Me too.

$ Now it’s clear.

$ There’s the text with gaps. Listen and complete:

- I don’t think car manufacturers and car dealers ……………………………………………….

- I know what you mean. Car dealers don’t seem to listen to what women say they want.

-        Yes, they should …………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………..more cars these days.

-        Yes, so they should have more women selling cars.

-        The dealers are ………………………………………………………………………….. and they do such a hard sell. I think they ……………………………………………………………………………..

-        I agree. I really don’t like the hard sell. You know, I also think that things like children’s car seats and car phones should be available as standard.

-        Yes, ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. in all new cars? Women …………………………………………………………………………………. with a phone in the car.

-        And they should change the adverts, too.

-        Yes, I think ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. in adverts. They ought to tell us about ……………………………………………………………….

-        I hate theses adverts just showing us fast cars in exotic locations.

-        …………

$ I haven’t completed everything.

$ It’s ok. The more times you listen to the same text, the better you remember it. After you’ve listened a couple of times, check the spelling with the original.

$ You said the text didn’t have to be recorded.

$ Of course not. Take any text from a book, a magazine, a text you were working on, put on the cardboard matrix and reproduce the content: read it, write it, whatever you feel like it, as far as you remember it without the help of the recording in the background. If you write it, you practice writing skills and spelling. If you only read it you put emphasis on the expressions and the structure of the sentences. Either way you build a data base of original, correct utterances. Let’s do the same exercise with one more text.

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