Listening B2, Cambridge English First (FCE) Test – Part 2 (with Answer Keys & Transcript)

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FCE examination, B2 level – Listening section – Part 2.


– Good morning, and today we are continuing with our series on careers for young people. In the studio today we have Sylvia Short, who works for a company that produces guidebooks for serious travellers. Now, Sylvia, I believe you left Essex University with a degree in German and Spanish. Tell us something about how you got your job.
– My main interest has always been travel. I spent every holiday when I was a student travelling abroad. After I left university I spent a year as an English teacher in Spain, followed by six months as a tour guide in Italy. When I returned to England I applied for loads of jobs advertised in the newspaper, but didn’t have any success. So I decided to make a list of every company I wanted to work for and write to them directly, rather than wait for them to advertise.
– Good advice to anyone, I think.
– Yes, and I was very lucky as the company World Travel needed an assistant in their office in London. I dealt mainly with the post at first, just to get used to their way of doing things. Obviously, I was qualified to do more, but I wasn’t in a hurry. Then the manager’s assistant announced she was leaving after only being with the company for twelve months, and I applied for her job. The company encourages their staff to apply for higher-level jobs, and I was promoted four months after joining.
– Good for you! What does the job involve?
– Well, I’ve expanded the role since I took it on. I’m in charge of all the advertising in the press whenever we publish a new guidebook and I sometimes give talks to people in the travel industry.
– Do you find the work interesting?
– Oh, yes, it’s never boring. We often get odd requests from journalists. They assume we know everything there is to know about travel so they often ring us to see if we can help them. One rang to say he was writing an article and wanted to know whether there were any female football teams in China.
– Really? And what other things do you find yourself doing?
– Oh, a large part of my job is to make sure my boss is where she should be. She does a lot of TV interviews on all aspects of travel and she also presents a radio programme about adventure holidays every Friday night. In between, she writes articles and now and again comes into the office to find out what’s going on there. My job is to keep her fully informed.
– What do you think you’ve learnt from working for her?
– Oh, she’s an excellent writer and she’s helped me, especially when I have to do press releases – she suggests changes, but she’s very encouraging, not bossy. She even suggested I did part of a chapter in a new guidebook to Great Britain on my home town, which I enjoyed a lot.
– So, how do you see your career developing?
– Well, I don’t think I’m good enough to be a full-time writer. But my boss has a lot of contacts in the TV world, and I fancy becoming a TV presenter. However, at the moment I’m enjoying my job far too much to give it up.
– Do you get to go abroad as part of your job?
– Not as often as you’d think! I do spend a lot of time doing things like answering the phone, but I did manage to go to the company’s head office in Australia last year for a conference. That was terrific.
– Sounds to me like you’ve got the perfect job, Sylvia! Next…


9. German (and) Spanish
10. (tour) guide
11. World Travel
12. 4 months
13. advertising
14. journalists
15. adventure holidays
16. home town
17. presenter
18. conference

Easy Listening – The Very Best Instrumental Hits Part 1 – 2Hrs Playlist

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The finest Easy Listening ever, ever, ever…
Bill Justis  A Swingin’ Safari   00:00
Bert Kaempfert  Afrikaan Bea   02:09
Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra  Wheels   04:29
The Champs  Tequila   06:26
Les Baxter  Calcutta   08:35
The Shadows  Apache   10:44
Henry Mancini  Baby Elephant Walk   13:34
James Booker  Gonzo   16:14
Billy May And His Orchestra  Theme From A Summer Place   18:41
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra An  Stranger In Paradise   20:54
Freddy Martin And His Orchestr  Bubbles In The Wine   23:52
Santo & Johnny  Sleep Walk   26:32
The Shadows  Kon-tiki   31:20
The Young-holt Unlimited  Wack Wack   33:10
Lex Baxter  The Poor People Of Paris   37:25
Mantovani  Moulin Rouge Theme   41:40
The Whistling Artistry Of Muzz  Willow Weep For Me   44:40
Nelson Riddle And His Orchestr  Lisbon Antigua   46:39
Perez Prado  Patricia   49:11
Floyd Cramer  On The Rebound   51:27
David Rose And His Orchestra  Holiday For Strings   53:42
Frank Chacksfield & His Orches  Zorba’s Dance   57:35
Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra  Morgen   01:00:04
Perez Prado  Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White   01:02:27
Ron Goodwin  Murder, She Said (Miss Marple’s Theme)  01:04:51
Donny And The Royals  The Beast   01:06:51
Billy May And His Orchestra  Perfidia   01:09:27
Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra  Sail Along Silvery Moon   01:12:24
Dave “baby” Cortez  Rinky Dink   01:14:22
The Shadows  Fbi   01:17:14
Bill Black Combo  Don’t Be Cruel   01:19:30
Henry Mancini  Peter Gunn Theme   01:21:26
Nelson Riddle And His Orchestr  C’est Magnifique   01:23:48
Earl Palmer, King Curtis  One Mint Julep   01:26:19
Ray Anthony  Peter Gunn Twist Tequila With A Twist   01:31:30
George Duning, M. Stoloff  Moonglow (Theme from Picnic)  01:35:18
Chris Barber’s Jazz Band  Petite Fleur   01:38:06
Anton Karas  Harry Lime (Third Man’s Theme)  01:40:46
Russ Conway  Roulette   01:42:51
Don Swan & His Orchestra  Tico Tico   01:44:57
Helmut Zacharias  Makin’ Whoopee   01:47:25
Mallet Men  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes   01:49:45
The Shadows  Blue Star   01:52:06
Alvino Rey & His Orchestra  Blues In The Night   01:52:47
Richard Marino & His Orchestra  Fever   01:57:47
Joe Fingers Carr & 80 Drums Ar  Istanbul (not Constantinople)   02:00:22
Kurt Edelhagen  My Prayer   02:04:30
Ray Conniff  The Way You Look Tonight   02:07:15
The Ventures  Walk Don’t Run   02:10:19
Boots Randolph  Yakety Sax   02:12:25