1. Pre-Listening Exercise
Which kinds of books do you like to
read? Choose from the following:
- novels, history books, travel books,
religion, philosophy, crafts, cookery,
poetry, biography, autobiography,
Are there others you like?
Jack: What's that you are reading?
Mieko: It's a novel but it's not
Jack: I can't read on a train.
I can't concentrate.
Mieko: I like to read a lot.
Jack: So do I, when I am not travelling.
Mieko: So what kind of books do you
Jack: I like non-fiction best,
books about travels or science.
Mieko: I like fiction but
non-fiction too. There is a good library
where I live.
Jack: My library is small
but they will order books for me.
I am studying twentieth century history
at the moment.
Mieko: I am studying to be
a doctor. The books are very expensive.
Jack: Yes, even on the Internet books
Mieko: No, but you have to
buy them or you can't learn the work.
What do you study?
Jack: History and philosophy.
Not much good for a job but very interesting.
But I like to read popular books about
science, and especially about astronomy.
Mieko: Is that your hobby?
Jack: Yes, a bit. But my main
hobby is climbing mountains.
Mieko: Is that why you like books
Jack: Yes, I like to know about strange
Mieko: I don't think I would
want to climb mountains but I would
like to read about them.
Jack: I like to read biographies
too and autobiographies about people's
Mieko: Does that help your history
Jack: Yes, it does. Reading
about other people helps you to understand
their mistakes. You can learn a lot
from other people.
Mieko: I like to read the
classic novels, Charles Dickens, Tolstoy,
and more modern ones like John Steinbeck.
They knew about life.
Jack: I agree. Perhaps I'll
see you in the college library sometime.
I'll probably be in the history section.
Mieko: And I'll probably be
in the medical one. Here's our stop.
See you soon!