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Conversation 1

M: Mr.Brown‘s lectures are so boring.

W: Yes, he is not a very exciting speaker.But the subject is interesting.

M: During every one of his lectures, I try to listen I really try.But after about 10 minutes my mind begins to wander and I lose concentration.But I see that you seem to be OK.How do you stay focused through the entire hour?

W: Well, what I do is keep my pen moving.

M: What do you mean?

W: It‘s a method of active concentration I read about.One of the most effective ways to concentrate is to write things down.But it has to be done by hand, not typing on a keyboard.You see writing by hand forces you to actually engage with what you’re learning in a more physical way.

M: Do you review your notes afterwards then?

W: Sometimes but that‘s not important.My notes may or may not be useful but the point is that by writing down what Mr.Brand says I can follow his line of thinking more easily.youdaokaoshen In fact, sometimes I draw a little too.

M: You draw in class and that helps me pay attention?

W: Yes, honestly it works for me.I just draw little lines and nonsense really.It was also in that article I read.It can keep the mind active, prevent getting bored and help to concentrate.Again the point is to listen hard while keeping the pen moving.If I‘m at home and I need to study what I do is read out loud.It has a similar effect to writing by hand.It helps memorize information in a physical way.

Question 8.What does the man think of Mr.Brown‘s lectures?

Question 9.What does the woman do during Mr.Brown‘s lectures?

Question 10.Why does the woman draw in class?

Question 11.What does the woman say about reading out loud?

Conversation 2

M: And where is this?

F :These photos are from the Taj Mahal in India.We went there about ten years ago for our honeymoon.

M: Was it romantic.

F: Yeah.The Taj Mahal was a very romantic place.The guide told us there is a famous love story behind this building that all Indians learn in school.I think it was during the 1600 and the princess at that time died while giving birth to her 14th child.The Emperor loved the princess so much and was so sad when she died that he ordered the palace to be built in her honor.

M: Wow ! That sounds very romantic.It looks amazing.

F: Yes it‘s gorgeous.It’s also larger in real life than it looks in the photos.youdaokaoshen The building is very tall and there are gardens in a wall around it all.It‘s all built in this white stone and some walls of the building are decorated with jewels.

M :It must have been very crowded when you were there.

F: Yes it‘s a very famous tourist destination.So there are thousands of visitors every day.

M: Was the rest of India crowded?

F:Yes, very crowded in many cities.It was sometimes so crowded that it was difficult to walk along the streets especially through busy markets.And there are so many cars.traffic was terrible but the people were friendly.The culture is amazing and we had a great time.

M:What about the food?

F: the Indian food is great.There are lots of different dishes to try and every region has its own special food.

Question 12.For what purpose did the woman go to India?

Question 13.Why was the Taj Mahal built?

Question 14.What does the woman say about the Taj Mahal?

Question 15 what is the woman‘s impression of Indian cities?

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