Listening

Listening Unit 7
Before doing the listening tasks, here are some helpful new words and phrases for you.
New words
Breathtaking:
/ˈbreθteɪkɪŋ/
(adj.)
Tuyệt đẹp, hấp dẫn, ngoạn mục
They’re mostly exhibited in large halls or open spaces. They’re amazing. Absolutely breathtaking.
The scene was one of breathtaking beauty.
Canvas :
/ˈkænvəs/
(n.)
Vải căng để vẽ, bức vẽ
The shapes on the canvas have a lot of movement and drama, like Kandinsky.
There was the one-day Central Park pop-up stall selling “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases”, for $60 each.
Geometric:
/ˌdʒiːəˈmetrɪk/
(adj.)
Hình học
Alberto likes darker colors, and he doesn’t use as many geometric shapes.
It is a means of using geometric devices to gain insight into abstract views of cosmology, mental and emotional disciplines.
Despair:
/dɪˈsper/
(n.)
Sự tuyệt vọng
So she takes lots of photos of people’s faces, showing different emotions, happiness, sadness, loneliness, despair, that sort of thing.
Eventually, driven to despair, he threw himself under a train.
Compilation:
/ˌkɑːmpɪˈleɪʃn/
(n.)
Bộ sưu tập
It’s a compilation of about 50 shots of a very old woman, showing all kinds of emotion.
Her latest CD is a compilation of all her best singles.
Practice

From Question 1 to Question 8:
You're going to hear a conversation between the director of the gallery and his expert about some artists for the first exhibition.


1
Match the correct information with the name of the artist.
1
Savanna Charles
2
Alberto Cassini
3
Ingrid Tauber
Argentinian abstract painter
German photographer
American sculptor
2
Match the correct work with the name of the artist.
1
Savanna Charles
2
Alberto Cassini
3
Ingrid Tauber
Homeless Woman
Spiderwoman
Chaos
3
Who makes his / her work out of metals?
4
Who likes dark colors?
5
Who is fascinated by faces with different emotions?
6
What is true about “Spiderwoman”?
7
What is true about “Chaos”?
8
What is true about “Homeless Woman”?
Video

From Question 9 to Question 12:
You are going to watch an interview in which Selena Gomez is talking about Taylor.


9
How long has Selena known Taylor?
10
What is true about Lonely girls club?
11
Why did Selena go to the party?
12
What can be inferred from the video?
Listen to the recording again with the tapescript.

(E = Expert, D = Director)

E:
There are several artists I could mention. The first one I recommend is Savanna Charles. She’s an American sculptor living in London.
D:
What is she? I mean, what sort of thing does she do?
E:
Difficult to describe really. She’s got such an original style. She makes huge figures out of glass, aluminum and other metals. They’re mostly exhibited in large halls or open spaces. They’re amazing. Absolutely breathtaking.
D:
Sound interesting. What’s she best known for?
E:
She did something called “Spiderwoman”. It was exhibited recently at the Rockefeller Center in New York. It’s over 30 meters high.
D:
Okay, what about the others?
E:
The next artist is Alberto Cassini. He’d be a very good choice. He’s from Argentina, still young, about 28, living in Florence at present. He’s an abstract painter, a bit similar to Kandinsky, but with his own style.
D:
Ok, tell me a bit about his style.
E:
Well, the shapes on the canvas have a lot of movement and drama, like Kandinsky. But Alberto likes darker colors, and he doesn’t use as many geometric shapes. His best – known works is called “Chaos”. That’s the normal English spelling. C-H-A-O-S.
D:
Mmm, I’d like to look at a few photos of his work.
E:
By all means. I’ve brought some a long for you to see.
D:
Awesome!
E:
Well, for your first exhibition, why not be a bit different? How about showing the work of a photographer?
D:
Okay, who do you have in mind?
E:
Well, how about Ingrid Tauber, a young German photographer?
D:
Tell me about her?
E:
She’s based in Hamburg, Married, her husband is also a photographer. Erm ...
D:
What sort of photos does she take?
E:
She’s fascinated by faces. So she takes lots of photos of people’s faces, showing different emotions, happiness, sadness, loneliness, despair, that sort of thing. People of all ages, anyone, not just celebrities.
D:
Mmm, I think I’ve seen some of her photos. Didn’t she do one of an old woman – I saw it in a magazine, I think?
E:
Yes, that’s right. Her most famous photo is called “Homeless Woman”. It’s a compilation of about 50 shots of a very old woman, showing all kinds of emotions. It’s incredibly moving.
D:
I must look at more of her work. She could be the artist we’re looking for.
Watch the video again with the transcript

Interview: Selena Gomez Talks Taylor Swift (E = Ellen; S = Selena)

E:
We are back with the lovely Selena Gomez and I know you’re close friend with… Is Taylor Swift like your best friend?
S:
Yes, she is one of my best friends.
E:
How long have you known her?
S:
About 5 years now.
E:
And how did you meet?
S:
We actually both met at a backstage of Jonas Brothers’ concert.
E:
And right away you clicked?
S:
Yeah, definitely, she’s sweet!
E:
And so I understand there's something called… is it the lonely hearts club?
S:
The lonely girls club
E:
The lonely girls club, what is that?
S:
So Taylor hosts this thing at her house where all of our single friends, which is most of us, and we get together and get really bad junk food and she cooks some sort of you know cake and we play with Meredith, so.
E:
She cooks cake?
S:
Yeah, bakes cake.
E:
It’s gotta be bad….but …and then what you do?
S:
Ahhh, we just talk about how we’re single so… no it's really fun, it's just us getting together encouraging
E:
How many of you?
S:
Uh, around like 6 maybe.
E:
And all of you are single?
S:
Yeah!
E:
Well this is recent for you, were you going even though you weren’t single at the time?
S:
Yeah!
E:
So you don't have to be single to go to the party.
S:
No, but I just enjoy Taylor, and just her parties, they’re fun.
E:
And how is she, ‘cause you know we watch Taylor and I love Taylor she's on the show all the time. And she seems to like fall deeply in love and then something happens and then she falls deeply in love, She just rebounds so she just gets back up again and just she doesn't ever.
S:
I think she's one of the strongest girls I've ever met, to be honest …I think she’s really strong and very passionate
E:
Yeah but I love that she is that much of a hopeless romantic that she's like if it's not this one it’s gonna be this next guy. It’s gonna be the next one I know it is.
S:
I love it.
E:
And now you write music as well right?
S:
Yeah!
E:
And do you do you write about your experiences the way she does?
S:
Yeah I mean she's obviously has her own technique to it that works so well with her and she just knows how to make hits. I like to kind of keep things a little bit more internal and that's just because I'm trying to dabble into it a little bit more in trying to find ways and she's helped me actually giving me great advice and how to do that.
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