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 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.

Thanks for the lesson.
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Submitted by azharbgskr on Tue, 21/12/2021 - 12:17


I will ask my friends after class, and try to understand the rest.

Submitted by vuhoap on Thu, 25/11/2021 - 13:30


When I don't understand something in class, I always mark the parts that I missed and try to get it. If not yet, I'll ask my classmate who is next to me, or ask for help from my teacher directly.

Submitted by ceehinh on Sat, 30/10/2021 - 06:13


When I don't understand something in class, i think i ask some close friend and i often record something that i find it difficult to understand to review when i come back home.

Submitted by erisyadianaa on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 04:12


not too easy but okay <3

Submitted by Farhan Halim on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 04:06


I need to listening many times to get the answer because I am slow to catch up.

Submitted by saifuddin hakimi on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 03:53


I don't understand some of the word but it was a great task to do.