[Listening Easy] Social Media – KEY

Pre-Listening Exercise

How do social media Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram help people keep in touch with family and friends (for example, “People can send short birthday messages. It doesn’t cost money.“)? In this listening activity, a man introduces himself to a woman by phone that he met on a social networking site.


keep in touch” = stay in contact or communications with someone
Using popular social media Web sites is one way to keep in touch with family and friends.”

“reach someone” = be able to contact or talk with someone
If you want to talk, you can reach me by phone, by email, through FaceBook.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.


Stephanie: Hi, this is Stephanie. I can’t answer the phone right now. I’m away, but feel free to call, leave a message, or text. Alright. Bye.

Ronald: Uh, hello, uh yeah. Hi, Stephanie, or Steffi. Uh, I can’t do this? Oh yeah. Uh. Yes, Stephanie, my name is Ronald, but my friends call me Ron. My parents call me, well, forget about that. Uh, I’m originally from Canada, but I grew up in Texas.

I’m 24 years old, and uh, I graduated from high school about five years ago, and I’m the manager of an exotic pet shop. We carry all kinds of birds, and snakes, and spiders, and fish. We even have one snake that is about four meters long, but I keep him at home. And oh, yeah. Um, my hobbies. I fish, hunt, and ride horses in my free time. My favorite foods are beef, beef, and beef. I don’t eat many vegetables, except potatoes with my beef. And, oh yeah, I sometimes eat apples and beef sometimes.

I have two brothers. Both of them live with me because they don’t have jobs, and my mom lives with me, and I have three dogs: Brutus, Charlie, and Samantha. Oh, and one more thing. This might seem strange, but I enjoy reading poetry. So, that’s about it. I hope to hear from you. You can call me if you want. The number is 789-1350. Yeah, uh, right. Catch later, alligator. Oh, oh, that’s so stupid. Uh, oh, Good-bye.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • originally (adverb): in the beginning 
    – I originally wanted to study computer science, but I switched to engineering.
  • graduate (verb): finish or complete 
    – My sister is going to graduate in December, and I want to graduate in the spring.
  • exotic (adjective): unusual and interesting often used when talking about different places and countries 
    – Some students are from very exotic cultures.
  • carry (verb): have something for sale 
    – Excuse me. Do you carry iPads or iPhones?
  • hobby (noun): an activity people like to do for fun or pleasure in their free time 
    – His favorite hobby is playing tennis, but he isn’t very good at it.
  • strange (adjective): unusual or different 
    – That man is a little strange, but he is very kind.