Curso First Certificate Exam



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A portable computer (I)


The object of this activity is to give you a real-life task to do to demonstrate your understanding of both listening and reading information. You will listen to 4 messages left on telephone answering machines which are all about portable computers. After listening to each message you will have to do an activity.

ACTIVITY 340: Now, without checking the transcription below, listen to MESSAGE # 1 and try to complete the notes that the listener to this message has made. Then check your answers.





He wants a which is:



usable anywhere.




Now listen to MESSAGE # 1 again while checking the audio transcription.


PAUL: This is 071 926 4563. I'm sorry we can't speak to you at the moment. Please leave your name and number after the tone, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. (Tone sound)

DAVID: Hello, Paul. David here. Um, I need your advice rather urgently. You know I'm leaving next week to start work on the Mediterranean project? Er, well I intend to begin in Spain and Morocco, but I want to cover all the Mediterranean countries, so I'll be moving around a lot. Um the problem is, I'll need to write up my report as I go; and I'll also need to process figures, you know, compare data, etc. As far as I can see, the only way I can do this is to take a computer with me. So, what's your advice about portable computers? Um please tell me what to buy. It has to be light and easy to carry around, and I must be able to use it anywhere. It should also be fairly simple to operate. You know what I'm like with machines! Oh, yes, yes price. Oh, er I know I must be prepared to pay a lot, but don't suggest anything that's over £2,000, will you? Could you let me have your ideas as soon as possible – I am in rather a hurry. Thanks a lot.


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