Arriving late to class

Arriving late to class

Listen to the conversation between two students to practise and improve your listening skills.

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



Student 1: Sorry. Sorry, excuse me. I'm just … just coming to sit over here. Phew. Hey. How's it going? So, what have I missed?

Student 2: Nothing. He just started around five minutes ago.

Student 1: Did he say anything about the mid-term?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: About the mid-term tests. Did he say anything about when he was going to hand them back?

Student 2: He's almost finished marking them, he said. We get them next Tuesday.

Student 1: I'm sorry, I didn't catch that. When do we get them?

Student 2: Tuesday. Next Tuesday.

Student 1: OK. Got it. Sorry. What page are we meant to be on?

Student 2: Page 34.

Student 1: Page … 34. Oh, wait. I don't have my textbook. Can I … share with you? Wow. This is hard stuff.

Student 2: Mmm.

Student 1: What does SEO mean?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: SEO. This is all about SEO but he hasn't said what it means.

Student 2: Search engine optimisation. How to appear on internet searches.

Student 1: Internet searches. Right. Right. OK.

Student 2: He said what it meant.

Student 1: What?

Student 2: He explained it before you got here.

Student 1: Oh. Right. OK.

Student 2: Can you be quiet? I'm trying to listen to the lecture.

Student 1: So am I. Sorry. Sorry, one more question. What does this have to do with the American Revolution?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: I don't get it. Why is he talking about search engines in a course on the American Revolution?

Student 2: What are you talking about? This is a class on software engineering.

Student 1: You mean, it's not Early American History?

Student 2: You're in the wrong class.

Student 1: Oh, wow. Now it all makes sense. I'm so sorry.

Student 2: It's fine. 

Student 1: Here, I'll just … excuse me. I'm in the wrong class. Excuse me. Thanks. Sorry.  


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Submitted by SilverGhost68 on Thu, 23/06/2022 - 15:26


I often ask my friends to explain it because they're all willing to help people in the class. If they don't know, I will ask the teacher. I'd avoid keeping questions because if I do that, I cannot learn new things.

Submitted by omidabbasi on Fri, 17/06/2022 - 13:00


one of the problems i always had in class was I fall asleep most of the time and it made me don't understand anything in class and then i was getting textbook of my classmates and i studied it on my own

Submitted by Selinay. on Fri, 17/06/2022 - 08:25


When i don't understand what is happening in the class, i try to listen the lecture what about is. On the other hand, i ask to somebody what are we talking about. If, i am in the wrong class, i apologize to teacher.

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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 05/06/2022 - 05:32


actually i am 53 years old right now . and i can not give details about such cases. but off course it happened many times . and if i do not understand something , i was writing down notes then refer to a colleague to explain.

Submitted by Brenda Ruiz on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 17:11


Normally I prefer ask to my teacher what I don't understand because usually they are ready to answer.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 08:21


I always try to record the voice and listen it again and write all things. when I listen later, if I can't understand anything, I can search it on the internet or ask about it.

Submitted by 13851385 on Wed, 16/03/2022 - 14:37


well honesty sometimes I prefer not to ask it anymore cause Im really shy but nowadays I ask the question briflely or search it on the internet

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Submitted by Ethel on Thu, 10/02/2022 - 14:54


When I don't understand something in class I tend to keep quiet, because I am a shy person, but I search for the necessary information in some way. Perhaps in other books, or on the internet.

Submitted by misty on Sun, 09/01/2022 - 03:14


If I don't understand the topic my teacher is discussing, I usually try to ask my seat-mate. If not, I will try to re-read again the topic and ask my classmate to explain it further for me to better understand the topic.

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 28/12/2021 - 12:23


Well, when I was in classes at the University and I didn't catch something that the professor was saying, I used to ask some of my classmates if they could explain me, but if they doubt about it or couldn't explain me the concept, most of the times I raised my hand and ask the professor to explain me what he or she had just said. I remember It was difficult to ask questions when the class was crowded because they couldn't spent all the class time answering questions, usually they used to leave the las 5 minutes of class to answer questions or listening for doubts. I prefer the professors whom give practical applications for the concepts given in class so the theory will make more sense for all of us.

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