[Listening Easy] Class Reunion – KEY

Pre-Listening Exercise

Class or school reunions are times when people get together with former classmates and relive past experiences in high school.


crack a book” = to open books to study (usually a negative meaning)
Brandon hardly ever cracked a book in high school, but he still was able to graduate.”

cut class” = to skip school
Why do you always cut class? You won’t pass the class if you do.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.


Amanda: Hey, I know you. You’re James, right? James Roberts.

James: Amanda Brown. Wow! It’s been a long time.

Amanda: Yeah. Oh, are you going to the class reunion in two weeks?

James: Uh, I heard about it, but I’m not sure. Where is it?

Amanda: The reunion is going to be held at the Mountain Country Club across from City Park.

James: And what time does it start?

Amanda: I think it starts at 6:00.

James: And how much does it cost?

Amanda: It’s twenty dollars a ticket, and that includes dinner and entertainment.

James: What kind of entertainment are they going to have?

Amanda: They’re going to have a live jazz band and dancing.

James: And who is organizing the event?

Amanda: Do you remember Chad Phillips?

James: Uh, wasn’t he the quarterback on the football team?

Amanda: Right. Well, he married Sarah Rogers, and they are in charge of the event. So, what do you think? Are you going?

James: I don’t know. I never really fit in in high school. I was kind of a loner. I also remember asking Sarah out on a date, and she turned me down. She said she was sick, and it turned out she went out with someone that same night. It could be a little awkward.

Amanda: Hey, why don’t we go together?

James: Are you sure?

Amanda: Yeah.

James: Well, sure. Why not. To be honest, I always thought you were very nice. I just never had the guts to ask you out.

Amanda: Well, here’s your chance.

James: Sounds great. So, what’s your number so I can call you?

Amanda: It’s 435-923-6017.

James: 6017, Okay. Where do you live?

Amanda: I only live two blocks south of the old high school.

James: Okay. I remember where you live. Let me call you a few days before to confirm things.

Amanda: Sounds good. It should be fun.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • reunion (noun): a get together of people who have been apart for a long time 
    – We are going to hold the class reunion on September first.
  • organize (verb): put together or plan an event 
    – Ashley organized a very fun party last Friday.
  • be in charge of (verb): have control, lead, or be responsible for something 
    – Who was in charge of buying the food and drinks for the reunion?
  • fit in (verb): feel a part of or belong to a group 
    – Why didn’t Amanda fit in during high school?
  • loner (noun): a person who is often alone or likes to be alone 
    – I was a loner back in high school, and I didn’t have any friends.
  • turn someone down (noun): reject or refuse someone 
    – James asked many girls out on dates, but they all turned him down.
  • awkward (adjective): uncomfortable or uneasy 
    – Meeting new people is sometimes awkward if you don’t know what to say and do.
  • guts (noun): courage 
    – I didn’t have the guts to ask Jessica out on a date.
  • confirm (verb): check 
    – Have you confirmed the date of the reunion?