“Understand Real American English” listening quiz

How well do you understand real spoken English?

Here are two extracts from two videos that will be part of the course Understand Real American English.

Watch the video and try to answer the comprehension questions.

Don’t worry if you don’t catch everything. It’s not easy.

The course “Understand Real American English” trains your ear to catch these sounds, to absorb the language, and understand (almost) like a native speaker.

Test #1: Driving around, with Jennifer

Meet my cousin Jennifer! She’s from Louisiana.
In this video, we’re driving around her neighborhood and making conversation.

Try to understand and answer these questions:

What is Jennifer re-doing?
What rooms are they going to change?
Why are they making these changes?
Why do they want to move?
Where are they moving to? Near or far?


Test #2: Talking about business,with Paul

Let me introduce you to my brother-in-law, Paul. He is the owner of a company called Crooked Letter Brewing Company, a craft beer company in Mississippi.

In this video, we’re talking about how his business is going.

Try to understand and answer these questions:

How is business going for Paul?
What is the transition that Paul’s business is going through?
What is Paul’s job title?
What has changed in Mississippi?
Why is it exciting, especially for Paul and his business?


Check your answers

Did you understand our conversations?

Here are the answers to the questions, quoted directly from the video with Jennifer.

 

1.What is Jennifer re-doing?

“We’re re-doing our living room. So, let me show you the couch.”

2.What rooms are they going to change?

We’re going to paint the kitchen, living room, bathroom…

3.Why are they making these changes?

…’cause we’re eventually going to sell the house.

4.Why do they want to move?

We just need a bigger house.

5.Where are they moving to? Near or far?

Wherever we can find around here… (=somewhere in the surrounding area, so near.)

 

Here are the answers to the questions, quoted directly from the video with Paul.

 

1.How is business going for Paul?

“Good so far.”

2.What is the transition that Paul’s business is going through?

“Crooked Letter has been open for just about five years, and we are in a questionable state there because we’re changing over ownership and I’m soon to receive a hundred percent ownership.”

3.What is Paul’s job title?

“I’m the brewmaster there” [at the new brewery in Gulfport, a nearby city]

4.What has changed in Mississippi?

“The laws changed in Mississippi, so we’re one of the last states in the country who passed on-site beer sales.”

5.Why is it exciting, especially for Paul and his business?

“You can come to a brewery, sample the beers, tour, and now walk out with a six-pack.”