Don't Ever Study English Listening Comprehension Tape
Tape 1 A Mother and Her Young Child Learning English
Tape 2 A Father and His Young Daughter Go To America
Tape 1 A Mother and Her Young Child Learning English
Situation 1 Wake Up in the Morning
(Mrs. Lee, a Korean housewife, decides to teach English to her son Minsu. She will nickname Minsu “Michael“ from now on. So she also decides to speak only English to him.)
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Michael, it is time to wake up.
Michael (Son): Huh?
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Yes, it is time to wake up. And, also, from now on I will speak only English to you. And you should speak only English to me, too.
Michael (Son): Okay, mom.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Right. That's good.
Michael (Son): It will be hard at first, but I think I can do it.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): I know you can do it.
Michael (Son): I will do my best.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): That is great. All I want is for you to do your best in everyting you do.
Michael (Son): Mom, what time is it?
Mrs. Lee (Mother): It is seven o'clock in the moring.
Michael (Son): Seven o'clock? I have to go to school by eight.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Yes, so come and eat your breakfast.
Michael (Son): Okay, I will wash my face, brush my teeth, and then I will eat breakfast.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Don't forget to wash your hands, too.
Michael (Son): Mom, when I wash my face, I'm also washing my hands.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): That's true. Okay, then don't forget to brush your hair.
Michael (Son): I won't. I always brush my hair before I go to school.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): You've never brush your hair or you teeth before! Whendid you start?
Michael (Son): Mom, now that I'm in middle school, I have a girlfriend. So now I have to look good.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): A girlfriend? When I was in middle school, I never thought of boys.
Michael (Son): I know, Mom. You told me twenty times.
Situation 2 Eating Breakfast
(Michael goes into the kitchen and sits down at the table. His mom and dad are already there.)
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Michael, what do you want for breakfast?
Michael (Son): I would like some cereal, please.
Mr. Lee (Father): Cereal? Wouldn't you still be hungry?
Michael (Son): Dad, you're speaking English, too?
Mr. Lee (Father): Yes, your mother said it would help you. So I am speaking English, too.
Michael (Son): It feels strange speaking English to you, Dad.
Mr. Lee (Father): Don't worry about that! What you should worry about is your breakfast. How can you eat only cereal?
Mrs. Lee (Mother): It is not only cereal. He will be eating it with milk.
Michael (Son): Yeah, Dad. I will be having milk and cereal.
Mr. Lee (Father): That doesn't matter. I don't think only milk and cereal is enough. You also need to eat some rice and kimchi.
Michael (Son): Dad, young people don't like kimchi for breakfast.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Yes, dear. You know Michael doesn't like spicy food in the morning.
Mr. Lee (Father): When I was young, we ate kimchi three times a day and liked it. And if I don't eat rice, I would be still hungry.
Michael (Son): You always say that, Dad. But grandpa said you only like bread and chocolate.
Mr. Lee (Father): That's not true.
Michael (Son): Oh, that's what grandpa said.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Michael, it is seven thirty. You would be late.
Michael (Son): Okay, let me eat this cereal, and then I'll catch the bus at seven forty-five.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Hurry up!
Mr. Lee (Father): And tomorrow, you should eat some lice.
Michael (Son): Dad, that's not right. It is rice with an R, not lice with an L. And I'll eat some rice today.
Mr. Lee (Father): You will? good. Here, have some righ now.
Michael (Son): No, Dad. I'll eat it for lunch and dinner. I just don't like it for breakfast.
Mr. Lee (Father): All right. You win.
Situation 3 Going to School
(Michael finishes his breakfast and then walkes to the bus stop. A little while later, a school bus comes and he goes on it. On the bus, he meets his friend, Andy.)
Michael: Andy, how are you?
Michael: No, not "huh?' You should say, "what?'
Michael: That's better. Let's speak in English.
Andy: Okay, but why?
Michael: Well, my mom decided that the best way to learn English is to practice it all the time.
Andy: Everybody knows it.
Michael: Yes, everybody knows it, but nobody does it. So we are going to do it.
Andy: It sounds like a good idea.
Michael: It's a great idea. Maybe we should tell our friends and teachers about it.
Andy: Maybe, but we should think about it first.
Michael: You're right. Let's think about it before we decide.
Andy: What are you doing at lunch time?
Michael: I don't know. Why?
Andy: We can talk about it more then.
Michael: That's a good idea. Let's talk about it more at lunch time.
Situation 4 Back at Home
(Mr. and Mrs. Lee are still back at home. They are talking about the idea of speaking only English. )
Mr. Lee (Father): I am not sure that speaking only English is a good idea.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Why not?
Mr. Lee (Father): Well, I'm worried that Macheal will forget Korean.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): That is impossible.
Mr. Lee (Father): No, it's not?
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Of course it is. Even if we speak English to Michael, he will watch Korean television, listen to Korean songs, and go to Korean school. How can he forget?
Mr. Lee (Father): You're right. I don't have to worry. But, why are we speaking English to each other?
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Because if we don't speak English, then Machieal won't, either.
Mr. Lee (Father): But my English is not very good.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Yes, it is. And it will get better if you speak it more.
Mr. Lee (Father): That is true. And, even though it will be diffcult, I will do it for my son.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Thank you. I knew you would understand.
Mr. Lee (Father): That is what partents are for. It is our job to help him.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Yes.
(Mrs. Lee looks at the clock.)
Mrs. Lee (Mother): What time do you have to go to work?
Mr. Lee (Father): By nine o'clcok. Why?
Mrs. Lee (Mother): Well, it's already eight fifteen.
Mr. Lee (Father): Oh! I should go.
Mrs. Lee (Mother): good-bye. See you tonight.
Mr. Lee (Father): good-bye. I'll be home by seven.
Situation 5 A Telephone Call
(Mrs. Lee makes a telephone call to Andy's mother, Mrs. Cho.)
Mrs. Lee: Hello, may I please speak with Mrs. Cho?
Mrs. Cho: This is she. May I ask who is calling?
Mrs. Lee: Yes, it's Mrs. Lee, Michael's mother.
Mrs. Cho: Oh, Hello! How are you?
Mrs. Lee: I'm fine, thank you. How have you been?
Mrs. Cho: Fine, thank you. May I ask you a question?
Mrs. Lee: Of course.
Mrs. Cho: Why are we speaking in English?
Mrs. Lee: Oh, yes. I am trying to teach English to Michael by speaking only English to him. Then I remembered that you majored in English literature in college, so I was wondering if you would help me.
Mrs. Cho: I would be happy to help you. But I graduated from college fifteen years ago. My English is not very fluent.
Mrs. Lee: Then it will be good practice for you, too.
Mrs. Cho: That's true. And it would be great for Andy. He really wants to improve his English.
Mrs. Lee: I am so happy. Thank you so much.
Mrs. Cho: You are very welcome.
Mrs. Lee: By the way, what are you doing this afternoon?
Mrs. Cho: I have no plans. Why?
Mrs. Lee: Well, I'm going to go to the supermarket. Would you like to go with me?
Mrs. Cho: Yes. That would be great. I need to go grocery with shopping, too.
Mrs. Lee: I will drive my car. What time should I pick you up?
Mrs. Cho: How is two o'clock?
Mrs. Lee: Perfect, I'll see you then.
Mrs. Cho: Okay, see you then.
Situation 6 Grocery Shopping
(Mrs. Lee drives her car to Mrs. Cho's house. Then they drive together to the supermarket. )
Mrs. Lee: Sorry, I'm late.
Mrs. Cho: That's Okay. It's only two ten.
Mrs. Lee: Yes, but it's cold outside. I'm sorry.
Mrs. Cho: No, really, it is no problem. Where are we going grocery shopping?
Mrs. Lee: Let's go to the LG Supermarket.
Mrs. Cho: I've never been there. How is it?
Mrs. Lee: It's very nice. The prices and services are very good.
(They arrive at the LG Supermarket, park the car and go inside.)
Mrs. Cho: Wow, this is really nice. They have everything.
Mrs. Lee: Yes, they do have the very good selection. What do you need to buy today?
Mrs. Cho: Today I need to buy vegetables.
Mrs. Lee: What vegetables are you going to buy?
Mrs. Cho: I'm going to buy lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and garlic.
Mrs. Lee: But tomato is not a fruit, it's a vegetable.
Mrs. Cho: Oh! Really? I didn't know that. What are you going to buy?
Mrs. Lee: My husband really likes meat. So I have to buy a lot of meat.
Mrs. Cho: What kind of meat are you going to buy?
Mrs. Lee: I'm going to buy pork ribs, beef steaks and chicken breasts.
Mrs. Cho: What about fish?
Mrs. Lee: Oh, I almost forgot. I'm also going to buy some shrimp, crab and tuna.
Mrs. Cho: That's a lot of meat and a lot of seafood.
Mrs. Lee: Yes, but my family eats a lot.
Situation 7 At Cafe
(Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Cho finished their shopping and decide to go to a cafe to talk some more.)
Mrs. Lee: Going to a cafe was a great idea. I have almost no time to rest during a day.
Mrs. Cho: I understand how you feel. That is why I go to a cafe for one hour every day. It gives me a chance to rest, to think, and sometimes, to talk.
Mrs. Lee: Yes, I think resting and talking are both very important. Especially when you are always busy.
Mrs. Cho: Why don't we order first?
Mrs. Lee: That's a good idea. Let's order. Waiter!
Mrs. Cho: Oh, excuse me.
(Waiter): Yes. May I take your order?
Mrs. Cho: Yes, I would like an espresso, please.
Mrs. Lee: I am coffee.
Mrs. Cho: Oh, that's a Korean expression. You should say, "I'll have a coffee."
Mrs. Lee: Ah, thank you. I didn't know that. I'll have a coffee, please.
(Waiter): One espresso and one coffee, would you like anything else?
Mrs. Cho: No, thank you.
Mrs. Lee: Um... actually, could I also have a piece of cake?
(Waiter): Of couse. I'll get that for you now.
Mrs. Cho: I like cake, too. But I'm on a diet.
Mrs. Lee: Why? You're so thin.
Mrs. Cho: My husband says I need to lose weight.
Mrs. Lee: That's funny.
Mrs. Cho: Why?
Mrs. Lee: Because my husband always says I need to gain weight. He thinks I'm skinny.
Mrs. Cho: Ha...
Mrs. Lee: Ha...
Situation 8 Lunch at School
(Back at school, Michael and Andy are eating lunch together.)
Andy: Michael, did you speak English in your classes?
Michael: I tried to, but some of teachers wouldn't let me.
Andy: Me too. When I spoke English at my Korean language class, the teacher hit my hands with a stick.
Michael: Yeah, that happened to me, too. But it was my math teacher who hit me. He said, "When we've in Korea and we should speak only Korean."
Andy: Really? I didn't think anyone still thought like that.
Michael: I know, but they do. There are still many people who think that Koreans can't speak English well. But I think if you practice, you can speak English very well.
Andy: I think you are right.
Michael: Of couse, I am. I am very smart.
Andy: I know, but I'm even smarter.
Michael: Do you think so?
Andy: Yes, I do. Why? Don't you agree with me?
Michael: No, I think I am smarter than you. Why don't we make a bet?
Andy: Okay. What is the bet?
Michael: Ten thousand won.
Andy: Okay. How will we know who is smarter?
Michael: Let's see who gets a higher score on the next English test.
Andy: It's a bet!