II. Basic Listening Practice
W: Did you hear? Helen got modeling jib! She’s going to be sashaying down the
M: Wow, that’s great! All that walking practice really paid off. And foe once she
won’t be complaining about being so tall.
Q: Why did Helen get modeling job?
M: Julia, come and see the Miss America contest on TV. All those beautiful girls are
walking around in bathing suits, so the judges can decide who has the best figure.
W: Bah! That’s the worst kind of exploitation. They are treating women like toys for
people to enjoy. I would never take part in this kind of contest.
Q: What do the man and the woman think about the beautify contest?
W: What shall I do? I’m fat. I want to be slim and beauty, but I’m fat. I’ve tried all the
new ideas, high carb and low carb, but nothing works.
M: Those diets are just fads, popular for a while and then forgotten. Just follow the
usual diet with fruits, vegetables, fish, water, and get plenty of exercise. Before
long you’ll see results.
Q: What has the woman tried?
W1: I think Lily is really attractive. She’s half Spanish and has this really sultry look
W2: That explains why she tans so well. I’ve always been jealous of her skin color in
Q: Which of following is true of Lily?
M: Trust me, it was tight there on the Internet: “Plastic Surgery Increasing at a Faster
Rate Among Men”. Apparently more and more men are trying to improve their
W: I saw it too on the news. Face-lifts, nose jobs, and box to hide wrinkle are now
very popular with men. Men say it’s for business reasons, but we know it’s vanity.
Q: What does the woman think the real reason is that men have plastic surgery?
Keys: 1.B 2.A 3. C 4D 5B
III. Listening In
Task 1: A Friendly Stylist
Stylist: Morning, sir. This chair, please. What can I do for you?
Nick: A simple haircut: short on the back and sides.
Stylist: Very good. I can, of course, do something fashionable for only $60.
Nick: 60 dollars! That’s highway robbery—twice what I ordinarily pay. Stylist: Perhaps, sir. But your haircuts haven’t been in harmony with your character.
Your hair is at war with your soul.
Nick: I’ve never heard of such a thing.
Stylist: If I may say, I’m an expert at matching hairstyle to personalities. Believe me;
you’re suffering a “disjunction”.
Nick: A disjunction? What the devil is a disjunction?
Stylist: Your hair does not match you.
Nick: This is utter nonsense. However, I’d like to hear how you’d solve this so-called
Stylist: Your character is artistic, imaginative. But your hair is dull. I can correct that
imbalance in seconds.
Nick: Okay, let me see what can you do about the…uh…disjunction, as you call it. Stylist: We’re going to use scissors to create peaks, which we’ll keep in place with a
liberal helping of gel….This tuft in the back we’ll braid into a pigtail. Now, it’s the
Nick: I love it. It’s just like me: imaginative and artistic. Now what are you doing?
What’s wrong? Don’t you see harmony in my new hairstyle?
Stylist: Something’s preventing your hairstyle from being a true fashionable
Nick: For heaven’s sake, tell me what’s missing.
Stylist: Streaks. By putting in a few yellow streaks in your hair, it will become a work
of art. Streaking will cost you more, but… Nick: Do it. Forget the cost. But, by the way, what is the total getting to be? How
much am I paying to avoid disjunction?
Stylist: That’s…$135. Sir? Sir, are you all right? Oh, he fainted.
1. When the stylist mentions $60, what does the customer say?
2. What does the stylist think about the customer’s hairstyle? 3. What will the stylist do with the customer’s hair? 4. What will streaking do to the man’s hair according to the stylist? 5. What is the passage mainly about?
Keys: 1C.A 3.D4.B 5.A
1. It means there is no match between you and your hair.
2. That’s…$135. Sir? Sir, are you all right? Oh, he fainted.
Task 2: The Voice Lift
After the face-lift, the forehead tightened, and the (S1) nose job,
something still might be revealing your age: your (S2) voice. For patients who think their trembly, hoarse words don’t (S3) match their newly face and figure, there’s a procedure that claims to make
them (S4) sound younger too: the voice lift.
There are two general kinds of voice lifts. In some cases, implants (S5)
inserted through an incision in the (S6) neck bring the vocal cords
closer together. Doctors also use injections of (S7) fat or other
substances to plump up the cords, so that the voice sounds younger.
(S8) The voice lift is becoming more widely known among an
aging population, who try to make themselves sound
“I speak in a great deal, or I was shouting, on a particular day, at the
end of the day, I would feel exhausted,” said Robert Brown, 75, (S9) a retired construction engineer who underwent the voice lift
several years ago, “I don’t know if I sound younger, but the
hoarseness is gone, which is such a great improvement.”
(S10) Voice lift can also benefit people like performers,
lawyers, teachers, and telephone operators who need to have
a strong voice and hope to shave years off the sound of their voice.
Task3: A View of Happiness Script
Men are turning to plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to brighten up their
appearances at a faster rate than women, according to a survey released on
Men’s use of fat injections to soften deep wrinkles leaped 47 percent last year from
the previous year. Women’s use of the injections fell 36 percent, according to a survey
by the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons.
Men’s use of botox injections to eliminate frown lines rose 88 percent, while women’s
botox use fell 8 percent.
And for smoothing skin, the use of laser resurfacing among men rose 13percent, the
survey showed. Meanwhile, women’s use of laser resurfacing dropped 38 percent during the same time period.
The number of men getting nose jobs rose 47 percent, while the number of women
doing so rose 5 percent.
Typically, men and women visiting plastic surgeons for cosmetic reasons were age 40
The study said 44 percent of men and 57 percent of women tell their doctor that
looking younger is the reason they are choosing cosmetic surgery.
By about 18 percent, men are more likely than women to say they want facial
cosmetic surgery for work-related reasons.
The study was conducted by written questionnaires from January 20 to March 3
among more than 2,600 members of the association, who focus on treatment of the
face, head, and neck.
By comparison, in the previous year, women’s use of botox rose 60 percent while men’s fell 14 percent; women’s use of laser resurfacing rose 13 percent while men’s
fell 19 percent; women’s use of fat injections fell17 percent and men’s fell 54 percent.
1. What is true of men and women’s use of fat injections? 2. While of the following is true of nose jobs?
3. How much greater is the percentage of women choosing cosmetic surgery to look
younger than the percentage of men?
4. What is true of men and women using botox in the previous year?
5. Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?
Keys: 1C 2.C3. B 4.B 5.D
IV. Speaking Out
MODEL 1 She’s having some cosmetic surgery.
Amy: Did you hear Nora’s off to Korea?
Bill: why is she going to Korea?
Amy: She is having some cosmetic surgery.
Bill: I’m floored! I thought she was beautiful already. Amy: I know what you mean. She’s having her nose fixed.
Bill: Was it broken?
Amy: No, stupid, she’s having it made smaller.
Bill: If she wasn’t beautiful already, I could understand getting
surgery. But she already has a nice nose.
Amy: But not a fashionable one. She’s also having her teeth
straighten. She wants to have a perfect smile.
Bill: What for?
Amy: She believes a better physical appearance will improve her
chance of getting a good job.
Bill: We won’t even recognize her when she gets back.
MODEL2 I think I need a face-lift.
Amy: Hi! Don’t you know anyone who’s had cosmetic surgery?
Susan: You mean like a liposuction? I don’t think that’s necessary. That’s not the way a woman should stay attractive.
Amy: Honestly, I won’t go as far as that. With surgery, I might look gorgeous, but it
wouldn’t be the real me.
Susan: Yeah, people should be happy with the way they are. Amy: I see your point. But I’m worried about the wrinkle around my eyes. I think I
need a face-lift. Why can’t we go back to the way things were? Susan: Because…I don’t know! But, Amy, you wouldn’t do that, would you?
Amy: Darned right I would! I don’t expect my skin to be baby-smooth, but I should
at least be young-looking.
Susan: Isn’t makeup enough?
Amy: Come on, Susan. Be open-minded! Look at my eyes! They’re puffy. And my lower lids are dark and loose, and full of lines and circles. I really hope surgery can
wipe out the tired look.
Susan: But what would other people think?
Amy: I don’t care other people think. I’m already for a lift.
MODEL3 How did you find the plastic surgery there?
Susan: How was your trip to Korea? How did you find the plastic surgery there? Nora: It was all pretty scary at first.
Susan: As I see it, they certainly did a beautiful job for you. If I hadn’t recognized
your clothes, I wouldn’t have known it was you! Nora: Tanks, but underneath this surgery, it’s still the same old me. Susan: Well, why did you want the surgery after all?
Nora: If I want to be competitive in the job market, I think this is indispensable. Susan: How can you say that! You don’t need to change your looks to get a good job.
Anyway, shall we get some lunch?
Nora: I’m not hungry, really I’m not.
Susan: Did you already have lunch?
Nora: I’m skipping lunch. I want to stay in good shape. I think I’m getting a bit too
Susan: Oh, Nora, don’t be so silly! You’re not fat at all, and you need to eat. If you
don’t eat, you’ll get sick and wind up in hospital. Nora: Ok, maybe I could eat a little. I do want to stay healthy.
Now Your Turn
Sally: Hi, John, nice to see you here.
John: Hi, sorry, your name escapes me momentarily
Sally: Oh, I’m Sally. Don’t you recognize me?
John: Now I see, you’re Sally! You have changed beyond recognition!
Sally: I had cosmetic surgery.
John: I’m confuses! I thought you were good-looking before.
Sally: My nose was rather flat. The bridge of my nose wasn’t high enough. So I got
my nose fixed.
John: That’s absolutely unnecessary. I can also see your eyes have changed a lot.
Sally: Yeah, my single-folded eyelids have become double-folded. John: What else did you do?
Sally: I also have my teeth straightened. I felt uncomfortable about my uneven teeth
whenever I smiled. Now I think I have a better smile.
John: Why do you have so much surgery?
Sally: I believe a better physical appearance will help me land a better job.
John: Nonsense. Most employers are more interested in your practical ability than
V. Let’s Talk
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you’ll find it interesting how to be
fashionable without spending too much money.
Sure, some famous stars always look stylish. They have unlimited clothing budgets
that put the latest looks at their fingertips! But you can also look amazing without
spending lots of money on your wardrobes. Simple try the following suggestions on
First, you should make seasonal purchases; that is, you should buy winter coats,
leather jackets, bathing suits, ad summer dress at the end of the season. You’ll get major discounts as you stock up for the next year.
If you want clothes to wear right now, you can go to discount stores. They may not be
the place to buy an expensive evening dress, but they’re perfect for buying things like
There is yet another cheap way of you to buy stylish clothes. Many department stores
have a store brand. It means they offer current styles but are much cheaper than
To save money, an important principle for you to follow is to not buy “outfits”. With the exception of suits, interchangeable piece are more affordable—buying clothing in separate.
Wear-with- anything pieces are always a good buy. For example, you can almost
always wear a pair of black trousers and a white dress skirt; you can wear them
several times a week, paired with different accessories.
If you can’t afford expensive clothes, you can spend money on accessories such as
nice shoes and fashionable bags. Such extras make even the simplest outfit look
Finally, a great haircut always helps. When you hair looks fabulous, you look more
stylish and fashionable.
Money-saving Methods Detailed Description seasonal purchases You should buy things at the end of the
season. You’ll get major discounts, and
you’ll be stocked up for the next year. discount stores They’re perfect for buying things like
A store brand Stores offer current styles that are much
cheaper than big-name brands. Don’t buy outfits Buying separates is much more
Wear-with- anything pieces You can almost always wear a pair of
black trousers and a white dress skirt; you
can wear them several times a week,
paired with different accessories. spend money on accessories Examples are nice shoes and fashionable
bags. Such extras make even the simplest
outfit look polished
a great haircut You look more stylish and fashionable
with a nice haircut.
VI. Further Listening and Speaking
Task1: Beauty Contests and Plastic Surgeries
Juliana Borges, who was named “Miss Brazil” early on Tuesday,
had plastic surgery four times and underwent 19 smaller
operations. She was just one of many competitors who were
determined to improve their appearance through surgery.
“Plastic surgery make me more beautiful and gave me
confidence in myself and the perfect measurement that won me
this title,” said the beauty queen in a green dress, who was
representing Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Borges, 22, had liposuction and had her chin, nose, and ears
worked on, as well as, had her breasts enlarged.
With the development of plastic surgery, more and more of
Brazil’s would-be beauty queen are finding it easier to achieve
the ideal measurements. These days, young hopefuls from the
Amazon jungle to big cities in Brazil’s south are planning
A third of the 27 finalists at the beauty contest went under the
scalpel after rules were changed in the 1990s.The new rules
permit plastic surgery, colored contact lenses, and hair dye at
The organizers of the Miss Brazil contest said, “It’s a war out
there, and all of the beauty tools that can be used should be used.
Other countries like Venezuela paved the way, and Brazil is
going to have to use those tools as well if it wants to compete in
Miss University beauty contests.” But Brazil’s love for plastic surgery is not limited to beauty
contests. Most young women who undergo surgery want to find
a better man or a higher-paying job.
1. How many surgical operations did the former Miss Brazil