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Unit 5 Technology, 5C Listening, Navigation nightmare, page 54

Exercise 1

1 camcorder

2 MP3 player

3 satnav

4 Bluetooth headset

5 smartwatch

6 games console

7 tablet

8 digital radio, Bluetooth speaker, smartphone

9 memory stick


Exercise 2 

1 O

2 O

3 F

4 O



1 Boy Have you read about this new computer virus that affects tablets and smartphones? I’m really worried about losing all my photos.

Girl You should keep a copy of them, just in case.

Boy Where? On a CD?

Girl In my opinion, a memory stick is the best place to keep copies.

Boy Really? I could easily lose a memory stick – they’re tiny.

Girl Well, buy two then. They don’t cost very much.


2 Boy I really want to buy one of these new smartwatches.

Girl They’re so expensive though. It’s not the right time to buy one.

Boy What do you mean?

Girl As I see it, the price is likely to come down over the next few years. That always happens with new technology.

Boy I suppose so.


3 Boy Did you see this report? Apparently, most people these days prefer to watch a film on their tablet than go to the cinema.

Girl That’s ridiculous! In my view, it’s much better to see it at the cinema. You get the big screen – and the sound is great.

Boy I agree. I’d never watch a film on a tablet.


4 Girl Look at this photo – it’s a rubbish dump in Africa. It’s where a lot of our old gadgets end up.

Boy That’s terrible. It looks so polluted.

Girl The problem is, people are buying more and more gadgets.

Boy But is that true? It seems to me that people don’thave as many gadgets these days. I mean, they’ve got a smartphone – and that does everything.

Girl Maybe. But they replace their smartphone quite often.


Exercise 3 

1 opinion

2 as

3 in

4 problem

5 to


Exercise 5 

1 a

2 c

3 c

4 b



1 Man I think we’re here – look, the Adelphi Hotel.

Woman Really? But this is West Way. We need Windsor Avenue. Our hotel is in Windsor Avenue.

Man But our hotel is definitely called the Adelphi, isn’t it?

Woman Yes. Maybe there are two Adelphi hotels.

Man I don’t think there could be two Adelphi hotels in the same part of London.

Woman It seems to me that the hotel probably has two buildings – one here and one in Windsor Avenue.

Man Yes, that seems more likely. We’re quite close to Windsor Avenue.

Woman Let’s try and park. Or do you want me to go in and ask?

Man Yes, that’s a good idea. I’ll stop here and you can ask at reception.


2 Man What are you doing?

Woman I’m looking at the map. I’m working out exactly where we are.

Man But I know exactly where we are. Look – my phone can tell us. We’re here, half way between these two villages.

Woman Yes, I know that. But where does this little road go? Does it cross the river?

Man I’m not sure. I’ll just zoom in … Hmm. That’s strange.

Woman What?

Man The map has disappeared. I can’t get a signal. Oh, hang on. If I hold the phone up here, I can get a signal. But then I can’t see what’s on the screen, it’s too small.

Woman So, let’s look at my map. Yes, I see. The road crosses the river and then goes along the side of this field. Come on, follow me!

Man It must be that hill. It’s blocking the signal. OK, we’ll use your map.


3 Woman Hello! Excuse me!

Pedestrian Yes? Can I help you?

Woman We’re trying to find the Willow Sports Centre.

Pedestrian Er … the tennis club?

Woman No, it’s a sports centre. There’s a gym there and a swimming pool. It’s called the Willow Sports Centre.

Pedestrian You go straight on at these traffic lights, then you turn left. Keep going up the hill. Then turn right at the crossroads. It’s just there on the left.

Man So straight on at the lights, turn left, up the hill, then right at the crossroads.

Pedestrian Yes.

Man Thanks.

Woman Thank you! Why are you going left? He said straight on at the lights.

Man Yes, but he didn’t know, did he? I mean, he didn’t sound very sure. I think it’s up this road.

Woman Well, you might be right. Let’s see.

Man He’s waving at us. Look!

Woman Oh dear, how embarrassing! He’s just trying to be helpful.

Man Don’t worry. He probably thinks we’ve forgotten what he said.


4 Man Phew! I just made it in time! Do you mind if I sit here?

Woman No, please, go ahead.

Man Thanks. Ah … it’s good to sit down. I really thought I was going to miss this train!

Woman Yes, you got on just before it left.

Man I had to run to the platform. But at least I can sit down now all the way to Oxford.

Woman Oxford? This train doesn’t go to Oxford.

Man Oh no! Where does it go?

Woman It goes to Bristol.

Man You’re joking!

Woman You needed the next train – the one at 10:04. This is the 9:55 to Bristol.

Man But it was after 10 o’clock when I got on …

Woman I know. We left a bit late. But it’s definitely the train to Bristol.

Man What am I going to do? I’m going to an interview in Oxford. I can’t be late!

Woman Don’t worry. This train stops at Reading. Just get off there and wait a few minutes. You can get on your train to Oxford. You won’t even need to change platform. And you’ll get to Oxford on time.

Man Great! Thank you so much.

Woman No problem.

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