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Ten Days in Manchester
An interactive intermediate business English course featuring Tony Marshall and May Hunter
Day 8

Eight days into the conference and May and Tony are still going strong, almost. Now Tony has to telephone his boss, and he knows he's going to be in trouble.

Listen to what happens during the telephone conversation and then try to answer the questions.

Audio listen to the first part of the conversation.

Transcript read the first part of the conversation.


Bad Day
Bad Day
Word playWord play

Good Day
Good Day

Glossary see the glossary

Questions - part 1
1. How does Tony's boss feel about the exhibition?
A boss a) Tony's boss is very happy with their work
b) His boss is very concerned about the lack of business
c) His boss thinks that Tony and May should close down the stand
d) His boss is very happy with the progress of the conference
2. What action does Tony have to take?
a) He has to ask for some money back from the conference manager
b) He has to complain to the hotel manager
c) He has to get a better stand at the exhibition
d) He has to return home from the conference
3. What information does Tony's boss want on the agents?
a) Their names and addresses
b) Their rate of commission
c) The size of their company and numbers of staff
d) Details of the agents' experience and their reliability
Oh look, Tony's in trouble again. How did he ever get to be allowed to come on this trip? And it's not over yet for poor Tony. Listen to the rest of the telephone conversation.

Audio listen to the second part of the conversation.
Transcript read the second part of the conversation.

Questions - part 2
4. What do the agents want to do tomorrow?
a) They want to meet in a hotel
b) They want to meet Tony and May's boss
c) They want to sign a business contract
d) They want to go to the cinema with Tony and May
5. What does Tony's boss want Tony to do by tomorrow evening?
a) A report on the movie
b) To prepare a contract for the agents to sign
c) To send more brochures to the agents
d) A full report on the agents
6. What is Tony's boss going to do as a result of the phone call?
A boss a) Start preparing a contract and send some brochures
b) Buy a film guide for Tony
c) Fly to Britain and meet the agents personally
d) Send a full report on the agents to Tony
Work or cinema, not that Tony has a choice. As he writes his report, you can test yourself by going to the Wordplay page.

Dialogue Go to the Word play page

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