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    Listening: A Missing Cat

    A Missing Cat

    The owner of a missing cat is asking for help. “My baby has been missing for over a month now, and I want him back so badly,” said Mrs. Brown, a 56-year-old woman. Mrs. Brown lives by herself in a trailer park near Clovis. She said that Clyde, her 7-year-old cat, didn’t come home for dinner more than a month ago. The next morning he didn’t appear for breakfast either. After Clyde missed an extra-special lunch, she called the police. When the policeman asked her to describe Clyde, she told him that Clyde had beautiful green eyes, had all his teeth but was missing half of his left ear, and was seven years old and completely white. She then told the officer that Clyde was about a foot high. A bell went off. “Is Clyde your child or your pet?” the officer suspiciously asked...

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    Listening : A Windy Day

    A Windy Day

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    It’s a windy day. The wind is blowing hard. Paper is blowing everywhere. The wind blew the man’s hat off. It blew the woman’s hat off. It blew a bird off the telephone wire. The other birds laughed. The wind keeps blowing. The trees are bending over. The people outside are bending over. The wind makes it hard to walk. The wind makes it hard to drive. The big trucks have to pull over. They have to stop on the side of the freeway. One driver did not stop. He was in a hurry. The wind blew his truck over. The big truck is on its side. The wheels are spinning in the wind. The driver was not hurt. He is waiting for a crane. The crane will pick up the truck. The crane will put the truck on its wheels again. The driver learned his lesson. He will never drive in the wind again...

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    Listening : Naïve

    Naïve

    I’m walking down the street when a guy come to me and says, “hi, can I chat with you for a moment?”. He looks clean and very neat. I’m quite naïve so I think he’s just
    friendly. I say, “okey”. The man asks me, “how far would you go to save yourself?”. I
    say, “what do you mean?”. He says, “I’m talking about the Christian faith. I want you to convert to Christianity”. “ugh, actually I’m a Buddhist”, I say. “what about your relatives, are they Buddhist too?”, he asks. I tell him, “no, just me”. He then tells me that I will go to hell if I don’t convert. He says I’m a bad person. He tells me all Buddhist’s will go to hell. Finally he says that the Buddha and all Buddhists serve the devil. I yell at him, “go away, I refuse to listen to you anymore!”...

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    Listening: Double Standard

    Double Standard

    There is a badass marine named Saron. He has an intimate relationship with Julia Roberts. They are very close. Saron likes Julia. One day he decides she’s just not what he’s looking for. He breaks up with Julia. Julia feels betrayed. She says, “how can you do this to me? Why’re you hurting me? Please take me back”. But Saron won’t budge. He says “No, I don’t want you Julia”. Julia can’t get past the break up. Every day she follows Saron. Every day she calls him. At first Saron turns a blind eye to her behaviour. But finally, he can’t ignore it anymore. He yells at Julia and says, “I won’t bow to this pressure, I won’t take you back, so leave me alone!”. Julia asks, “do you have another girl friend?”. He says, “yes, I’m dating Hillary Clinton now...

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    Listening: Busty Woman

    Busty Woman

    Sara longs for a fella (fellow) named Bobby. She loves him deeply. But Bobby lives in Norway and Sara lives in San Fransisco. Everyday Sara thinks about Bobby and feels unsettled. Finally she decides she must see him to be happy. She flies to Norway to retrieve him and bring him back to San Fransisco. She spots him at a beach. She wants to run to him but she hesitates, because he’s in the buff. She;s shocked and startles because he’s with a beautiful busty woman who is also in the buff. Sara starts to cry, then she runs away. She returns to San Fransisco. Sara and Bobby never cross paths again.

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    Listening: Bad Choices

    Bad Choices

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    David Beckham is a man who wants to have his cake and eat it too. He wants to be a famous movie star, and a famous football player. So he moves to Hollywood. He hooks up with Tom Cruise. They hit it off immediately. David likes Tom, Tom likes David. Beckham says, “the bottom line is that I want to be a movie star, just like you Tom. Can you help me?” Tom says, “of course, my gut tells me that you’ll be a big success in Hollywood.” So Tom introduces Becks to a director who is very powerful. The director makes a movie with Beckham. But it’s a terrible movie. Everybody hates it, and they hate Beckham. The public feels a powerful animosity towards Beckham. They can’t stand him. They yell at him. They throw things at him. Beckham can’t deal with the public animosity...

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    Listening: Small Man

    Small Man

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    There is a very small man named Jim. Jim is only one foot tall. Even though Jim is 48 years old, people always perceive him as a child. In the eyes of the public Jim is a cute little boy. Jim hates this. He says, “I want people to accept me as I really am. I want them to give me unconditional respect. I don’t want people to go on treating me like a child”. So, Jim goes to the gym an exercises every day. He becomes very strong. He also learns kick boxing. One day a tall man sees him, laughs and says, “you’re such a cute little man!”. Jim gets angry. And he yells and he kicks the man. They start fighting. The fight lasts for 20 hours. The man’s head, and legs, and arms become intertwined. They fall down. Jim finally breaks away from the man...

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    Listening: Obsessive Behavior

    Kathy always obsesses about English. She constantly worries about taking the TOEFL test. When she worries, she always rubs her hands together. They are always chafed. Her friend Gabrielle is the opposite. He always ops to remain relaxed. He always reprimands Kathy. “Kathy, stop obsessing about English dammit!”. Kathy never stands up to Gabrielle directly. She just says, “I’m sorry, please don’t be mad”. Then she says, “Hmm, but let’s go to the library now and study English please..”. Gabrielle always nixes this idea. “hell no! we’ll not studying English!”. Kathy feels unsettled, but she says hesitantly, “Oh! okay”. However in her head she silently starts to review English grammar. Then she feels much better.

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    Introduce Yourself

    Ini contoh versi saya ketika di minta Introduce Yourself saat test IELTS sesi 1

    About My Self

    My name is Alamanda. I’m 29 years old. I’ve finished my graduate degree from Bandung Institute of Technology in 2010. My Major was Science in Management. I’m a fulltime lecturer at Telkom University and conduct several subjects related to number such as mathematics, statistics, and quantitative methods for business. I’m planning to complete my Phd from any reputated University of UK. I spend my leisure time surfing the internet and listening jazzy music. I’m also maintaining my personal blog and there I try to add a post every week.

    About Hobby

    Of all hobbies in the world, I like music the most. I love music because music can relax my mind...

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    Idioms with Seafood

    Okay topik bahasan kali ini adalah mengenai idioms in English. Seperti kita tahu idioms adalah special phrasing, mempunyai arti yang khusus. Menurut sumber native, native speaker jarang menggunakan idiom in daily conversation. Tapi ya tidak apa-apa, anggap saja bahasan kali ini dapat memperkaya kosakata idioms (uncommon words). Contohnya waktu saya Test IELTS, examiners memberikan masukan pada saya bahwa next time coba ungkapkan beberapa idioms pada sesi SPEAKING dan WRITING, penggunaan idioms mutlak mengungkit nilai IELTS anda. Khusus kali ini, saya akan menjelaskan hanya beberapa idioms yang mengandung unsur seafood/ fish.

    1. He’s a shrimp. Tahu kan shrimp alias udang. Udang itu hewan yang membungkuk, saking bungkuknya jadi terlihat buntet...

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