Day 1 Short Dialogueue
There are three parts in the Listening test of CU-TEP ; short dialogue, long dialogue, and monologue. The first part is the easiest because it’s short and the monologueue is the hardest because it’s quite long. However, there are tips for each part.
In short dialogue part, you’ll hear a conversation between two people, usually man and woman so that you can distinguish the voice. It’s a very short conversation, one line for the first person and another line for the second person on a very specific topic. Then, after a brief pause, you’ll hear the third voice asking a question. The answer choices are on your exam paper.
Man: Is Paul angry?
Woman: I don’t think so. If he were, he’d tell us.
Third voice: What does the man think about Paul?
A. That he wants something to eat.
B. That he will tell them.
C. That he is not angry.
D. That he is angry.
Obviously, A. is irrelevant unless you hear ‘hungry’ instead of ‘angry’. So, listen carefully. B. is also an obviously wrong choice unless you didn’t listen carefully to the question. This is very important to listen whether the question mentions ‘the man’ or ‘the woman’. As for C. and D., asking ‘Is Paul angry?’ means that he worries that Paul might be angry. So, the correct answer is D. This example requires a little bit of interpretation but in the basic level.
Woman: I guess I’ll send Mary a postcard from Hawaii when I go there on my vacation.
Man: I’m sure that she’d be glad to get one. She has a collection of cards from all over the world.
Third voice: What do we learn about Mary?
A. That Mary is going to Hawaii.
B. That Mary has traveled all over the world.
C. That Mary likes postcards.
D. That Mary is going on vacation.
This question asks about a third person named Mary. That means Mary is not in this conversation so A. and D. can be eliminated. We know from the conversation that Mary has a collection of postcards but we don’t know that those postcards are bought by her or were sent from other people. That leaves C. as the most appropriate answer. This requires a little interpretation too but be careful not to over interpret.
Tips for short dialogue part
- Listen carefully to the question. Whom is the question talking about?
- Don’t pay attention to each word specifically. Listen and comprehend the conversation as a whole to get the right idea.
- Don’t look for direct answer. A little interpretation is needed.
- At the same time, don’t over interpret. Only choose the answer that can be concluded from the given conversation.
Source : The examples are from LISTENING BOOK ONE by TGRE Institute Publications.