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Listen again and fill in the blanks, please

Choose the right variant. Listen carefully!

1. Where is the man going on vacation?

A. Italy B. France C. Germany


2. Where did he meet Claudia?

A. at a music store
B. at the post office
C. on the Internet

3. What advice does Markus give Pete about meeting Claudia's parents?
A. be on time
B. take a small gift
C. smile and be friendly

4. What is one thing Markus does NOT say about greeting Claudia?

A. shake her hand
B. give her a friendly hug
C. take her some flowers

5. Markus' final suggestion for Pete is that he should:

A. brush up on his German.
B. buy souvenirs for Claudia's family.

C. visit Berlin during his visit.


Listen again and fill in the blanks, please

Pete: Hey Markus. I have a (1) ___________ I'd like to ask you.


Markus: Yes. Go ahead.

Pete: Well, I'm thinking about going to Germany this (2) ______________ [Great!], and I need some advice. You're the best person I know to answer my questions since you're German.

Markus: Thank you. What do you want to know?

Pete: Well, don't (3) ________________, but I met this really nice woman through an online music mailing list, you know, a discussion group on the Internet [laughter]. I need some advice. You see, Claudia, . . .

Markus: Okay. So it's Claudia, oh?

Pete: Yeah, yeah. See, she invited me to (4) ____________________ two weeks in Germany [Hum]. And well, I told here I had studied a little bit about the country and language [Hum], and she's kind of expecting that I know more than I (5) _____________________do.

Markus: Hum. You're really in hot water now!

Pete: Yeah. I think so.

Markus: Well, what do you want to know?

Pete: Well, she's (6) ________________on introducing me to her parents.

Markus: Hey. Sounds kind of serious.

Pete: It isn't, at least I think it isn't. Anyway, what should you do when you (7) ___________________ someone for the first time in Germany?

Markus: Well, it depends upon your relationship with the person. Now, speaking of your girlfriend, Claudia, . . . .

Pete: Hey, I didn't say she was my girlfriend.

Markus: Ah, okay, okay. Now if you're meeting someone (8) __________ for the first time, like Claudia's parents, you should make sure you arrive on time.

Pete: Okay, so arrive on time. Uh, what about common greetings?

Markus: Well, Germans often shake hands, and they use the person's family name, unless they're really (9) __________________ friends.

Pete: Okay, what about with Claudia? I'm not sure what I should do in her case.

Markus: Ah. You can call her Claudia [Okay], shake hands, and why don't you take her some flowers?

Pete: Oh, how do you say "Nice to meet you" anyway?

Markus: Oh, "Ich freue mich, Sie kennenzulernen."

Pete: "Ich freu me senselen"?

Markus: Uhhh. Not exactly. "Ich freue mich, Sie kennenzulernen" [Uhhh].

Markus: Humm. Honestly, I think you need to take a crash (10) ________ in German before you leave. Claudia might think you're speaking Chinese or something if you don't.



Key Vocabulary [Top]

mailing list (noun): a list of people who subscribe or join a mailing distribution on a particular topic 
- I'd like to join a mailing list on studying intercultural communication so I can exchange ideas with others.

to be in hot water: to be in a difficult situation or in trouble that might lead to punishment 
- The politician is in hot water because of the he lack of lack of cultural sensitivity to that group.

common (adjective): the same for many situations and people 
One common gesture of friendship is to greet someone with a firm handshake while looking them in the eye.

crash (adjective): quick, complete, short or intensive, often difficult
She took crash course in Spanish before she left for Mexico, but I'm not sure if it helped.


1. Germany

2. on the Internet

3. be on time

4. give her a friendly hug

5. brush up on his German.


1. question

2. summer

3. laugh

4. spend

5. really

6. planning

7. greet

8. formally

9. close

10. course

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