Listening practice - Foundation

New technologies will often have both advantages and disadvantages. Here are some helpful adjectives that might be used:

adictivo/aaddictive
caro/aexpensive
complicado/acomplicated
convenienteconvenient
fácil de usareasy to use
esencialessential
importanteimportant
inalámbrico/awireless
interactivo/ainteractive
inútiluseless
lento/aslow
necesario/anecessary
peligrosodangerous
práctico/apractical
seguro/asafe/secure
útiluseful

Radio forum about mobile phones

Teenagers using mobile phone and laughing

Listen to these clips from a radio programme where students from Tenerife are talking about the pros and cons of mobile phones.

In the following question, there are six statements but only four people to match to a statement; two of the statements are there to distract from the correct answers.

For each speaker, choose the correct statement.

AThey are too expensive
BSome people are addicted
CThey are not very practical
DThey are useful for emails
EYou can stay in touch easily
FYou can download music
Question

Mika

E. Mika says that mobile phones are practical, but statement C is there as a distractor because what he goes on to say is that he can communicate easily with his friends.

Transcript:

Sara: ¿Qué piensas de los móviles, Mika?

Mika: Mi móvil es práctico porque puedo comunicar con mis amigos fácilmente.

Translation:

Sara: What do you think of mobile phones, Mika?

Mika: My mobile is practical because I can communicate easily with my friends.

Question

Luna

A. This is the only possible option as Luna mentions mobiles costing a lot of money.

Transcript:

Mika: ¿Qué dices tú, Luna?

Luna: Creo que los móviles cuestan mucho dinero. Son demasiado caros para la mayoría de los jóvenes.

Translation:

Mika: What do you say, Luna?

Luna: I think mobile phones cost a lot of money. They are too expensive for the majority of young people.

Question

Dino

F. Dino doesn't use the word for music, he says he downloads songs. Don't be tricked by statement D - he says that he never sends emails.

Transcript:

Luna: ¿Qué opinas, Dino?

Dino: Para mí, lo más útil es poder descargar mis canciones favoritas. Nunca mando correos electrónicos.

Translation:

Luna: What is your opinion, Dino?

Dino: For me, the most useful thing is being able to download my favourite songs. I never send emails.

Question

Sara

B. This is the only possible option as Sara talks about mobile phones being addictive for some people.

Transcript:

Dino: ¿Y tú, Sara?

Sara: Pienso que los teléfonos móviles pueden ser adictivos para algunas personas. Personalmente paso muchísimo tiempo en línea.

Translation:

Dino: And you, Sara?

Sara: I think that mobile phones can be addictive for some people. Personally, I spend a lot of time online.