TOEIC lesson 17: Online Bookstore

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-5 question from TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will presented with a problem and asked to propose a solution. You will have 30 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Question 10

In your response, be sure to:

  • show that you recognize the problem, and
  • propose a way of deal with the problem

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Hello. This is Matt Damon. Two days ago, I ordered 3 books on your website with the next-day delivery, which guaranteed my books would be delivered to my house by the following day. I paid extra for the special delivery because I wanted those books before I leave the country in two days. As stated on your website, if the order is placed before 1 p.m., you should have received the order on the same day and have shipped the books by yesterday at the latest. Today is already Friday, and I haven’t received my books yet. Please let me know what happened. You can contact me on my cell phone at (123) 456-7890.

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. Make note of the key facts
    • Who is calling? Matt Damon, a customer
    • Why is he calling? He did not receive his books.
    • What is he asking for? He wants to know why the books are so late when he even paid extra for special delivery.
  2. Come up with a solution
    • Say who you are: Hello, Mr. Damon. This is XXX calling from Amazon.com.
    • Say why you are calling: I am calling regarding your voice message.
    • Repeat the problem: You placed an order for 3 books from our website two days ago with the next-day delivery, but you have not received your books yet.
  3. Repeat the request: You would like to know what happened to your order.
  4. Propose a solution:
    • I looked up your order record and details, and I don’t know why you did not receive your books the next day.
    • I am very sorry for the delivery problem.
    • It is not very common at all for us to have complaints about our deliveries.
    • I placed the same order with the next-day delivery so you can have the books by tomorrow before you leave the country.
    • You will get a refund of $10 delivery charge as Amazon credit.
  5. Wrap up: If you have any further questions, you can reach me at (000) 000-0000.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

Hello Mr. Damon. This is XXX calling you from Amazon.com. I am calling regarding your voice message. You placed an order for 3 books from our website two days ago with the next-day delivery, which means you were supposed to receive your books the next day on Thursday, but you didn’t get your package yet. First of all, I am very sorry for the delivery problem. I looked up your order record and details, and I don’t know why you did not receive your order the next day. There must have been some confusion in the delivery system. It is not very common at all for us to have complaints about our deliveries. Anyways, I placed the same order with the next-day delivery so you can have the books by tomorrow before you leave the country, and you will also get a refund of $10 delivery charge as Amazon credit. Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any further questions, you can reach me at (000) 000-0000. Thank you.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

delay (v) later than planned, scheduled, or required
e.g. The doctor wants to delay surgery for a few weeks.
next-day delivery (n) expedited delivery
e.g. Next-day delivery is popular at Christmastime.
guarantee (v) make a usually written promise that whatever you are selling, doing, etc., is what you say it is
e.g.The washer is guaranteed against defects for one year. 
place an order (idiom) submit an order
e.g. My secretary placed an order for a new computer.
complaint (n) a statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
e.g. The company has a system to handle customer complaints.
confusion (n)  a situation in which people are unable to understand something clearly
e.g. There is a great deal of confusion about how the system works.
inconvenience (n) trouble or problems
e.g. I hope this delay doesn’t cause you any inconvenience.
(store) credit (n) If you buy something on credit, you take it and promise to pay for it later.
e.g. Back then, stores allowed their customers to buy food on credit.
refund (v/n) money returned to a payer
e.g. If you are not completely satisfied, we will refund the purchase price.
reimburse (v) pay back for some expense incurred; refund
e.g. We will reimburse your travel expenses.
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TOEIC lesson 24: Tourist Attraction

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-6 question from TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will give your opinion about a specific topic. Be sure to say as much as you can in the time allowed. You will have 15 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Question 11

One of your important business partners from Switzerland is visiting your country. When he arrives, which tourist attractions or destinations would you recommend to him and his family?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. Brainstorm your opinion on this topic
    • Where to visit in San Francisco
      • Golden Gate Bridge
      • Fisherman’s Wharf
      • Union Square
    • Activities you would recommend
      • Visit Golden Gate Bridge and drive through Golden Gate Park
      • Have clam chowder with sourdough bread at Fisherman’s Wharf
      • Many events happen at Union Square and also there are many good restaurants nearby
  2. Come up with 3 reasons to back up your argument
    I would like to recommend a couple of points of interest in San Francisco.

    • #1: If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, you have to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge and drive through Golden Gate Park. Sometimes you can find buffalos in the park.
    • #2: Also Fisherman’s Wharf is another iconic tourist attraction. You should try clam chowder with sourdough bread there.
    • #3In the downtown near Union Square, there are many events and good restaurants nearby. You can also go shopping there.
  3. Conclude with your argument
    • I am sure that you and your family would really enjoy the tourist attractions and destinations I mentioned earlier.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

There are so many things to do in San Francisco, but I would like to recommend a couple of points of interest in the city. If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, you have to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge and drive through Golden Gate Park. Sometimes you can spot buffalos in the park. Also Fisherman’s Wharf is another iconic tourist attraction. You should try clam chowder with sourdough bread there. In the downtown near Union Square, there are many events and good restaurants nearby. You can also go shopping there. I am sure that you and your family would really enjoy the tourist attractions and destinations I mentioned earlier.

Further Study

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Additional Expressions

tourist attraction (n) a place of interest where tourists visit
e.g. The hotel has become a tourist attraction. 
points of interest (n) a specific point location that someone may find useful or interesting
e.g. Are there some historical points of interest that we should not miss?
iconic (adj) important or impressive, being a symbol of something
e.g. He has achieved iconic status in the movie business.
spot (v) see or notice
e.g. She spotted a deer in the woods.
downtown (n) the main or central part of a city or town
e.g. The city’s downtown is thriving.
itinerary (n) proposed route of travel
e.g. Our itinerary included stops at several famous cathedrals.
outstanding (adj) excellent
e.g. the outstanding quality of your work
scenery (n) surroundings
e.g. We went for a drive to enjoy the scenery.
acknowledged (adj) widely recognized
e.g. the acknowledged leader of a political party
grandiose (adj) theatrical, grand
e.g. He was full of grandiose ideas.
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TOEIC lesson 23: Furniture Store

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-5 question from TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will presented with a problem and asked to propose a solution. You will have 30 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Question 10

In your response, be sure to:

  • show that you recognize the problem, and
  • propose a way of deal with the problem

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Hello. This is Gregory Peck. I ordered a queen size bed frame with a mattress from Idea Furniture store on June 4th, and I paid the full amount on the spot with a credit card. At that time, your store manager was friendly and helpful. I asked him to deliver the furniture by the Friday week after, June 17th. On Wednesday, I got a voice message from your warehouse confirming the delivery on Friday, June 10th. I returned the call and said the delivery date was incorrect and that I had requested this furniture to be delivered not this Friday but next Friday. The customer support person said that the delivery date could not be changed and I will be charged additional $100 for rescheduling the delivery. I told her additional charge is unfair because I requested for the furniture to be deliver on next Friday in the first place. She repeated that she doesn’t have the authority to reschedule in a rude manner. I ended the conversation and then made another call to cancel the entire order. I submitted a cancellation request form with the complaints in details. However, my credit card statement still shows the charge for the furniture. I am losing my patience with your company, and I want you to call me immediately at 123-456-7890.

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. Make note of the key facts
    • Who is calling? Gregory Peck, a customer
    • Why is he calling? He canceled his furniture order but doesn’t see the refund on his credit card statement
    • What is he asking for? He wants to get refund for his canceled order
  2. Come up with a solution
    • Say who you are: Hello, Mr. Peck. This is XXX calling from the Idea Furniture Store
    • Say why you are calling: I am returning your voice message.
  3. Repeat the problem: You told us that you don’t see the refund on your credit card statement.
  4. Repeat the request: And you want to get the refund as soon as possible.
  5. Propose a solution:
    • First of all, I apologize for your inconvenience with the misplaced delivery order and the refund issue.
    • You said that you had already cancelled your order over a phone call and also submitted the cancellation form but the refund hasn’t been issued.
    • It looks like we made a note to cancel your order but did not process the refund yet. I just went ahead and confirmed order cancellation and issue a full refund.
    • We will go through the customer support recordings and try to improve the customer support quality.
    • Once again, we apologize for your inconvenience.
  6. Wrap up: If you have any further questions on this issue, you can contact me at 000-000-0000.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

Hello Mr. Gregory Peck. This is XXX, the customer support manager at the Idea Furniture Store. I am returning your voice message. First of all, I apologize for your inconvenience with the misplaced delivery order and the refund issue. You said that you had already cancelled your order over a phone call and also submitted the cancellation form but the refund hasn’t been issued. It looks like we made a note to cancel your order but did not process the refund yet. I just went ahead and confirmed order cancellation and issue a full refund. It usually takes a couple days for the bank to process the refund. We will go through the customer support recordings and try to improve the customer support quality. Once again, we apologize for your inconvenience. If you have any further questions on this issue, please contact me at 000-000-0000.

Further Study

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Additional Expressions

bed frame (n)  a part of a bed used to position the mattress
e.g. The bed frames were made from steel, while the mattress was made up of straw.
warehouse (n) a building, or a part of one, for the storage of goods, merchandise, etc.
e.g. I loaded containers in the warehouse.
on the spot (idiom) immediately
e.g. We fell in love with the puppy and bought him on the spot.
request (v) ask for something in a polite or formal way
e.g. He requested a table near the window.
customer support /service (n) services to assist customers
e.g. For technical assistance, contact customer support.
have authority to~ (idiom) can make the decision to do~
e.g. I dont have the authority to decide on this matter.
issue refund (v) to make repayment
e.g. The company is now issuing refunds to their users.
apologize for~ (idiom) to make an apology for~
e.g. We apologize for the mistake and promise that it won’t happen again.
lose patience (idiom) become impatient with someone or something
e.g. Those people have been waiting for hours, and they’re starting to lose patience.
inconvenience (n) trouble or problems
e.g. I hope this delay doesn’t cause you any inconvenience.
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TOEIC lesson 22: Seminar

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-4 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take a look at the information provided below. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions based on the information provided. You will have 30 seconds to read the information before the questions begin. For each question, begin responding immediately. No additional preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to question 7 and 8 and 30 seconds to respond to question 9.

Information Provided

Monday November 30, 2009
One-day seminar hosted by Psychology Department at Vanderbilt University
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*All registration forms should be submitted online by the end of June, and the $50 registration fees must also be paid for online by midnight on the last day of June. Otherwise, registrants will be charged a $5 late registration fee. For details, please contact us at (000) 000-0000.

Question 7

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Hello. I enrolled in an introductory social psychology course for the fall semester, and I am very interested in attending the one-day seminar hosted by the psychology department. Could you answer some of my questions?

How do I register for the seminar? Please give me some more detailed information about the registration process.

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • Your should submit online registration form and pay $50 registration fee by June 30.
  • We accept only online payments.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 8

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

As far as I know, Professor Louise Child from Columbia University is supposed to give the keynote speech during Session III. Could you tell me the time and place?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • You have the wrong information.
  • Professor Louise Child from New York University will be giving the keynote speech during session 4 from 4 to 5pm at room 308, David Center.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 30 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 9

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I plan to attend the seminar only in the afternoon. Which programs will I miss in the morning?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • We will be serving continental breakfast before registration and check-in.
  • There are two sessions in the morning, including the video overview on psychology archive in the Davis Center.
  • Lunch will be served from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Liberty Hall lounge.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

Q7: If you are interested in attending the seminar, Your should submit online registration form and pay $50 registration fee by June 30. We accept only online payments.

Q8: I am afraid you have the wrong information. Professor Louise Child from New York University will give the keynote speech during session 4, not session 3. Her speech will be held at room 308, Davis Center from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Q9: If you can’t make it in the morning, you will miss a couple of sessions. We will be serving continental breakfast before registration and check-in. There are two sessions in the morning, including the video overview on psychology archive in the Davis Center. Lunch will be served from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Liberty Hall lounge. For further questions, please visit the Psychology department’s website.

Further Study

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Additional Expressions

continental breakfast (n) light breakfast, consisting of coffee and rolls with butter and jam
e.g. She treated the guests to a continental breakfast.
register (v) put your name on an official list
e.g. The students registered for classes.
upfront payment (n) paying in advance
e.g. We said we were interested but only if there was no upfront payment.
seminar (n) convention, discussion
e.g. a seminar on career planning
serve (v) give food or drink to someone at a meal, in a restaurant, etc.
e.g. Soup was served as the first course.
archive (n) the material that is stored in an archive
e.g. He has been reading through the archives to research his article on the town’s history.
keynote speech (n) a talk that establishes a main underlying theme
e.g. Whos going to give the keynote speech? 
participant (n) people attending the event
e.g. All the participants in the cooking contest received a free cookbook.
overview (n) a general summary of a subject
e.g. This book provides a general overview of American history.
host (v) be the host for a social event, a group of people, etc.
e.g. They hosted a dinner party on Saturday.
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TOEIC lesson 21: Computers

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-3 question from TOEIC speaking test. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 4

Imagine that a French marketing firm is doing research in your country. You have agreed to participate in a telephone interview about computers.

How long do you use your personal or work computer each day?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer questions that start with “How long…?”
    • More/less than 3 hours a day (=per day)
    • All day
    • e.g. I spend more than 3 hours using the Internet on my computer during the week.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first. You get 15 seconds, starting immediately.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 5

What is the most important feature you look for when you purchase a computer?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer questions that start with “What is the most important feature…?”
    • I think… … is the most important feature. And explain why.
      • Brands and models of computers
      • Price
      • System specs
    • e.g. I think brand and model of the computer is the most important feature when I buy a new computer.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first. You get 30 seconds, starting immediately.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 6

What do you spend most of your time doing on the computer?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer ‘What do you spend…’ questions
    • I spend most of my time on computer….
      • Writing and designing for work
      • Watching movies and downloading musics
      • Playing online games
    • e.g. I spend most of my time on my computer writing and designing for work. 

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

Q4: As a working professional, I spend at least 6 hours a day on my computer on weekdays. However, on weekends, I spend about an hour or two a day, watching movies and playing games.

Q5: I think brand and model of the computer is the most important feature when I buy a new computer. As a graphic designer, I am used to the Mac interface, so I usually get the latest model of Macbook with maximum spec.

Q6: I spend most of my time on computer writing and designing for work and personal projects. When I am at home after work or on the weekends, I watch movies on Netflix and listen to music on Spotify. Of course, I use my computer to do practical things such as checking emails, online banking, browsing the web.

Further Study

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Additional Expressions

usage (n) the amount of something that is used
e.g. efforts to reduce water/energy usage
feature (n) an interesting or important part, quality, ability, etc.
e.g. This camera has several features that make it easy to use.
purchase (v) buy
e.g. He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars.
spec (n) a detailed description of work to be done or materials to be used in a project; specification
e.g. technical/design specs
interface (n) a system that is used for operating a computer
e.g. The software has a user interface that’s easy to operate.
browse (v) use a browser to find and look at information on the Internet
e.g. browse the Web/Internet
~ a day (idiom) per day
e.g. You should brush his teeth three times a day.
Netflix (n) a global provider of streaming films and television series
e.g. Netflix has more than 24 million subscribers.
online banking (n) an electronic payment system that enables customers of a bank to conduct financial transactions online
e.g. I cant remember my online banking password.
the web (n) World Wide Web
e.g. I spent the afternoon surfing the Web.
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TOEIC lesson 20: Boy Feeding Pigeons

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-2 question from TOEIC speaking test. Describe the photo in your own words; you have 60 seconds to answer.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will describe the picture on your screen as much detail as you can. You will have 30 seconds to prepare your response. Then you will have 45 seconds to speak about the picture.

Question 3

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Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. What is the theme of the picture?
    • A boy is feeding the birds
  2. Organize the photo into 3 parts:
    • Describe the person’s main action
    • Describe the objects in the picture
    • Describe what you see in the background
  3. Think of expressions and vocabulary that describe person, objects, and background
    • Squat on the ground
    • Eat off of the boy’s hand
    • Feed pigeons in the park
    • With both hands holding the food
    • Wearing a t-shirt and a pair of jean shorts
    • Wearing a pair of blue Crocs sandals
    • The boy is smiling
    • He is excited and happy
    • In the background, more pigeons are gathering around the boy
    • It might be at a park
  4. Combine the expressions above to describe the picture in your own words.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

I think this is a picture of a little boy who is feeding pigeons on the sidewalk. The boy with short dark hair is wearing a white striped T-shirt, a pair of shorts, and blue Crocs. He is giving some food to the pigeons while he is squatting on the ground. He is also smiling while he is holding handful of bird food that looks like grain. I can see several birds are already eating the bird food, and there is a flock of pigeons with variety of colors gathering around him to get food. In the background of this picture, I can see a grassy side of the sidewalk. It must be a pleasant, warm day since boy is wearing shorts and sandals.

Further Study

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Additional Expressions

flock (n) a group of birds or animals
e.g. a flock of birds/sheep
squat (v) sit on one’s heels
e.g. He squatted behind the bush to avoid being seen.
handful (adj) an amount that you can hold in your hand
e.g. a handful of strawberries
sidewalk (n) a concrete path along the side of a street for people to walk on
e.g. Bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalk.
feed (v) give food to someone or something
e.g. Don’t feed the animals.
paving (n) paved surface, sidewalk, road
e.g. They had to break up the paving to lay a new gas line.
grain (n) dry seed-like fruit: e.g. wheat, barley
e.g. bread made from whole wheat grain
gather (v) bring things or people together into a group
e.g. The coach gathered her players together.
pleasant (adj) causing a feeling of happiness or pleasure
e.g. We had a pleasant conversation.
variety (n) a number or collection of different things or people
e.g. They broke up for a variety of reasons.
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TOEIC lesson 19: A World’s Fair

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-1 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take 45 seconds to read the text out aloud. Then go over the text again with your tutor to correct any mispronunciation.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will read aloud the text on the screen. You will have 45 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 45 seconds to read the text out aloud.

Question 1

Earlier this year, Art-Tech Brussels’ third edition attracted an audience of more than 14,000 visitors from across the whole of Europe and beyond. The visitors included leading curators, museum directors, artists, 80 museum groups, and more than 300 international journalists. Online video and multimedia content showcasing highlights of Art-Tech Brussels’ successful 2009 fair, including the Hi-tech Art Award and key panels of the European Art Forum, are now available for viewing on our website http://www.art-tech-brussels.bel.com.

Vocabulary

Work with your tutor to go over these key words. Pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation when you read them out loud.

Key Words

attract (v) cause someone or something to go to a place
e.g. The museum attracts visitors from all over the world.
curator (n) custodian of a collection
e.g. She works at the museum as a curator. 
Brussel (n) the capital of Belgium
panel (n) a group of people who take part in a discussion for an audience
e.g. a panel discussion on education
forum (n) meeting for open discussion
e.g. Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation.

Directions

Try it again with a 2nd question. Take 45 seconds to read the text out aloud. Pay attention to your pronunciation, intonation, and speed. Your tutor will correct when you pronounce something incorrectly.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will read aloud the text on the screen. You will have 45 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 45 seconds to read the text out aloud.

Question 2

We carry a full selection of helmets that are lightweight, durable, well-ventilated, and, most importantly, designed to provide excellent head protection so that you can stay focused on your ride. Choose from a wide variety of colors and styles that are perfectly suited to your riding needs. And when it comes to eyewear, you can rest assured that we will always be on the cutting-edge with sunglasses that protect you from damaging UV rays and improve visibility in any conditions.

Vocabulary

Work with your tutor to go over these key words. Pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation when you read them out loud.

Key Words

durable (adj) long-lasting
e.g. durable fabric
ventilate (v) well exposed to air
e.g. She opened the windows to ventilate the room.
variety (n) collection, selection
e.g. The company sells a variety of gardening products.
suited (adj) fit, suitable
e.g. The land is well suited for farming.
assure (v) to make something certain
e.g. We must assure that every child gets a proper education.

Further Study

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Additional Expressions

illustration (n) artwork that helps make something clear
e.g. The illustrations that he provided in his speech were very effective.
leading (adj) most important
e.g. the leading role in a major Hollywood movie
Impressionism (n) An artistic movement in 19th century in France
e.g. Monet is known as theFather of Impressionism”.
Surrealism (n) An artistic movement in 20th century, fantastic images to represent unconscious thoughts and dreams
e.g. Surrealism is the wish for absolute freedom.
showcase (v) display
e.g. The convention was a showcase of the company’s new products.
cutting-edge (adj) the newest and most advanced
e.g. He’s a director who tries to keep his films right on the cutting-edge.
lightweight (adj) weighing relatively little compared with another item
e.g. a lightweight jacket
damage (v)  to cause damage to something
e.g. Smoking can seriously damage your lungs.
visibility (n) quality of being visible
e.g. Joggers should wear light-colored clothes to increase their visibility.
spectacles (n) eye glasses for correcting vision
e.g. He peered through his spectacles.

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