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TOEFL listening: A conversation between two students before class

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    TOEFL Listening Comprehension Transcript

    Narrator
    Listen to a conversation between two students before class.

    Wendy: Morning, Anouk!

    Anouk (who is distracted; he is fiddling with his computer set up): Huh? Oh. Oh hi, Wendy. How are you today?

    W: Good, thanks. Uh...what, what''re you doing in class so early? Can I...?

    A: I''m...I need to use Power Point this morning, but-- for my presentation, y''know?-- but I can''t...I can''t...it won''t boot, and...

    W: Can I help you somehow?

    A: Uh, no, I don''t think so, thanks. Or...darn! Well, I''ve checked all the cabling here twice. See? -- it''s plugged into the USB port all right...here and-- at the projector, here...

    W: Yeah. Yeah, they seem OK to me too. And the AC?

    A: Oh. Yes, it''s fine.

    W: Yes, it''s in there OK. And...you turned on the computer, didn''t you?

    A: Huh? Yes. No... well, sure, but-- I just leave the power switch on all the time. Actually, I don''t even remember...

    W: ...where it is? Heh! It should be here, on the side...about here... Uh, no. What is this, anyway? A Sony, eh? Hmm. Maybe...yeah, here it is, over here. They always hide them, don''t they?

    A: I didn''t know where it was. I never use it.

    W: There, it''s on... No, I think I''ve turned it off now. There-- it''s on now. It should be.

    A: All right, good...um... No, nothing.

    W: It takes a minute to boot up, Anouk. At least mine does. Windows Seven?

    A: No, XP. I hear Seven is not so good.

    W: Really? I think you''re thinking of Vista. I''ve got Seven and I like it a lot. So far, anyway. I got it for Christmas.

    A: Yeah? Well, anyway, I''m sticking with Windows XP for now. I''m comfortable with it, and I''ve got no complaints... But I don''t see it yet.

    W: Nothing, eh?

    A: Nope, nothing.

    W: Uh. OK, then...what else? It was working OK in your room, wasn''t it?

    A: Oh yes, sure. I practiced my presentation last night, and it was running just fine. Where''s that power switch again? Here?... Um. Yeah, it''s on, all right. Now what?

    W: And the power goes to...um...where? Oh, the outlet here on the lectern. And...

    A: Yeah, this''s just how the professor sets his up. I don''t get it.

    W: But-- is this outlet on? I mean-- where does it plug in, anyway?

    A: Huh? I never-- ah! Down here. And-- that''s it! The lectern''s not plugged in! Into this floor socket, see? Damn...There, now how''s that?

    W: Let''s see. Hang on now...There! There she is!

    A: Hey! There she is indeed! Great! Thanks, Wendy, thanks a lot. Electricity-- phooey! When are they going to make electricity wireless, anyway?

    W: Can they do that?

    A: Do what?

    W: Make it wireless. Give us electricity with no wires, no plugs, no extension cords.

    A: Well, I think so, yes. We can transfer electrical power by induction, can''t we?

    W: I dunno. What''s that? What''s ''induction''?

    A: Didn''t you take any physics? How''d you get into this course, anyway? You remember-- magnetic fields. You remember the experiment where you use the magnet and a bunch of iron filings? The filings show the nice symmetric magnetic field around the magnet''s poles?

    W: Oh. Yeah. All the electrons are pointing in one direction or something, right? Just like electricity.

    A: It IS electricity, actually. That''s what electricity is-- a line of flowing electrons.

    W: But they don''t really flow anywhere, do they?

    A: Well, no. They don''t. Each electron just kind of bumps the next electron, sort of. Anyway...

    W: Anyway, so...if they could make that happen efficiently, I mean, without much energy loss and, and... across long distances, then-- they could make electricity wireless, I guess.

    A: Right!...Theoretically.

    W: So-- we wouldn''t need batteries anymore, for one thing. No more dead batteries. No more pollution from discarded batteries-- that''d be good.

    A: Yeah-- except when you''re out in the woods or somewhere. Your camping equipment, your flashlight and-- you know-- you''d be too far from an electricity source, even a wireless source. You''d need batteries.

    W: Yeah, I guess. But not if we were in the city, say.

    A: No.

    W: And we wouldn''t need a cord that we might forget to plug in.

    A: Oh, very funny.

    W: So are you all set up now? Your presentation is first, isn''t it? What''s it about again?

    A: Um...I call it "Research Planning: Catching all the Details before you Start". Guess I should pay better attention to my own presentation, shouldn''t I?

    W: (laughs) Maybe. Good luck with it, Anouk. I''ll be rooting for you.

    A: Thanks!


    Excerpt from the TOEFL test listening conversation

    Wendy: Can I help you somehow?

    Anouk: Uh, no, I don''t think so, thanks. Or...darn! Well, I''ve checked all the cabling here twice. See? -- it''s plugged into the USB port all right...here and-- at the projector, here...

    W: Yeah. Yeah, they seem OK to me too. And the AC?

    A: Oh. Yes, it''s fine.

    W: Yes, it''s in there OK. And...you turned on the computer, didn''t you?

    A: Huh? Yes. No... well, sure, but-- I just leave the power switch on all the time. Actually, I don''t even remember...

    W: ...where it is? Heh! It should be here, on the side...about here... Uh, no. What is this, anyway? A Sony, eh? Hmm. Maybe...yeah, here it is, over here. They always hide them, don''t they?

    A: I didn''t know where it was. I never use it.

    W: There, it''s on... No, I think I''ve turned it off now. There-- it''s on now. It should be.

    A: All right, good...um... No, nothing.

    W: It takes a minute to boot up, Anouk. At least mine does. Windows Seven?

    A: No, XP. I hear Seven is not so good.

    W: Really? I think you''re thinking of Vista. I''ve got Seven and I like it a lot. So far, anyway. I got it for Christmas.

    A: Yeah? Well, anyway, I''m sticking with Windows XP for now. I''m comfortable with it, and I''ve got no complaints... But I don''t see it yet.

    W: Nothing, eh?

    A: Nope, nothing.
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