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An interview about two books

Listen to an interview about two books to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

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Unfortunately, I am not a very good reader. When I choose to read, though, I like fiction novels, or novels based on historic facts. I also like a bit of a mystery, which can have dark undertones, but generaly speaking, dark books won't be my first choice for a book to read.

I was unable to drag and drop all the sentences in the appropriate group in task 1. Am I missing something?

Hi Tamaira Lamk,

When you want to move a sentence into a group, you have to click on it first, and then click on the grey box that you want to move it to (not drag and drop).

Be careful to click on the grey box, and not on any answers that are already in the box. If you do that, it will replace the answer instead of adding it to the box.

I hope that helps. 

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

I read dark books more often than the lighter ones. That's because, I think books with a good ending make me more think more romantically about the life and the way things will go. When it comes to light books, you know things will change in a good way after some point. But in the life that's not the case.

Hi,
could you explain what is the best way to do Task 2?
I first listen to the audio; afterwards, I read the questions of Task 2, and finally, I listen to the audio again and answer the questions. Is it a good way? Or are you supposed to remember the audio by the time of reading the questions?

Hello Ignacio,

The way you do it sounds good to me, but there's nothing wrong with doing it other ways as well. I'd encourage you to experiment with different methods on other pages to see what seems to be most useful for you. In general, I think it's a good idea to listen to the audio (or read the transcript) at least a couple of times -- you'll probably get more out of it if so. 

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

No. I don't.

Dark is light in front of black. I am actually interested in stories which deal with murder, sexual assault, bullying, and familiar troubles. In fact, these topics are in everyone's lips nowadays, and reading a book may be truly helpful for someone in pain or even for those who are looking to learn about it. A dark book may be light for someone else life.

From my perspective, reading dark books is a thousand times better than books with happy ends. To elaborate on this point, behind every dark book a massage that an author tries to convey to the readers. thus, they are more educational and about life though one has a bad feeling after finishing it.

I like to read 'dark' books especially Russian classic literature. The last book that kind of genre I read is Poor people by Dostoevsky. The book is written to a similar second book in the podcast - in letters. You find out how people live approximately one hundred and fifty years ago, what kind of problems they dealt with. Their fates are difficult and complex. But it makes you think about your life, about your country and is that book relevant today.

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