Finding the library

Listen to a conversation about the university library to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Transcript

Student: Hi. Excuse me.

Student B: Yes?

Student: Where's the library?

Student B: The library? It's next to the registration office.

Student: Ah ... sorry, I'm new. Where's the registration office?

Student B: No problem. See the big building over there?

Student: Yes.

Student B: OK, so that's the lecture theatre. Next to that, on the right, is the registration office. And next to that is the library.

Student: I see. Thanks!


Student: Hello?

Librarian: Hello.

Student: Is this the library?

Librarian: Yes, it is. Quiet, please.

Student: Oh, sorry. Thank you.

Librarian: Can I help you?

Student: Er, yes, please. I want to borrow some books. What do I need?

Librarian: You need a library card. Here's the application form. You can take up to six books maximum today.

Student: OK. Six books.

Librarian: Yes. You have two weeks to read the books. Then you bring them back.

Student: And if I'm late?

Librarian: Every day you are late there is a fee of fifty pence.

Student: OK, 50p a day. Er, anything else?

Librarian: Mobile phones must be switched off in the library. You can bring your laptop, but please use headphones to watch videos or listen to music.

Student: OK, great.

Librarian: And you can't bring food or drink.

Student: No food, no drink. And ...?

Librarian: And please speak quietly! People are working here.

Student: Oh! Oh, OK. Thank you.

Librarian: You're welcome.

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Beginner: A1
yes i have . it is near my house i go to libarary to read same books am study and listen to musice
yes i have , there are a several of libraries here arround me 'cause i live in down town of my city , actually i rarely go there 'cause i don't like to . i prefer to read or study at home i think it 's quite calme
Do you have a local library? How often do you go there? What do you do there? Yes, I hace a lot of libraries in my area, but I don't visit them. I was several times at the university library during my studies. I was giving a classes form Maths to some girl. There was peace and quiet. Nowadays mostly university books are on the Internet in PDF version and somebody who is older has the book what I need for sure.
Yes, in my city there are many libraries, managed by several public bodies (university, municipality, province). At present I don't go there, but I managed a library for eighteen years.
When I had a near library, I went on Saturdays. I stayed there for hours looking at books about geography, geology or medicine atlas
During my studies, i used to go regularly to the local library. it's a good way to learn in quiet place, and also there are your colleagues that can help your with lessons and other information about exams. There are also a lot of books , when you can do research about a specific field. I just can't switch my phone off , that gives me a stranger feeling, i used to check my phones about instead messages and notification, so i broke one of the main rules.
Yes, There is a local library near my colony. I have a habit of going this awesome place every Sunday during mid-day fro couple of hours to read and schedule my day. Like saying, Books are the best friends so i like maintain such companionship with them. I like to read motivational books and newspaper which gives me insightful of knowledge about the world, great people around and their achievements. Moreover, I never use my phone in library to avoid distractions.
Hi, no I don’t have anyone near my house, but the main library in Mexico City in near the subway Balderas, but everybody knows this library, today is not necessary to go there because today exists internet.
Yes, we do have a library at the community center. Last time i had visited along with my toddler, they have a children section there were they can draw and colour on the drawing sheets which have printed with pictures of Disney characters. Eg. Princess Elsa, Smurfs etc. I don't regularly visit library. Some times.
IN FACT I HAD SOMETIMES I GO TO THE LIABRARY IN MY COLLEGE YES I BORROW SOME BOOKS ABOUT MY DEPARTMENT
That listening veido is good and useful for my english language listening skills.
He...he... I listen to this conversation and had laughter quietly because of Mr. Librarian's voices, ;)
Yes, I have a local library .I go there every 3 monthes .And I usually read books, listen to music and do chating.
where i live it has two libraries sometimes i use library books for researches. these libraries have different rules if you want to take out books from the library you must have library card and if you want to study in the library you must be quit as well as siwtched off your phones...
yes,i usually goes to my college library atleast once in 2 weeks ,generally I go to library to take books which is suggested by my course instructor :)
Yes I had , when I was studying at university i was going to read books and writing my home work and borrow some books in engineering department
From where I live, we don't have a local library, but we do have one in school so often times I visit the library in school, mostly reading, newspapers, magazines, books on business, stocks and finance.
There is a local library in my town, Lay Kay Kaw and the library has just been built. It was located in the center of town and fantastically decorated with wall paintings. I have never been to there because it has not opened yet. If it opes, I will use wifi to download documents which are really essential to improve my language skills.
I have many libraries near my house but I don't have a library card because I learn everything I need on the Internet
I have a library near me. I haven't visited a library in four years. Now I consult all the task on the internet.
When I was in the school I frequently visited the library in the center of the city and there my classmates and I search about different topics for our graduate work
Yes, I had it when I was studying at university and i go there when i wanted read a book or do exercices
I have an university library. it offers us to borrow some books. We can take up to three books today. And, we have one week to read these books. For evey day we are late there is a fee of five dollars.
Whenever I visit a library, I wish I could live there as a bookworm, but actually I prefer reading books lying down! ;)
Hi! I studing English the same but my problem is when I become speak English, I`m so upset and I think I looking stupid, when I can`t explain something and prefer writing. How I can running of that problem? :/

Hello Stela,

It can be difficult speaking in a foreign language, can't it? We can feel a little bit silly, and think that other people might laugh at us. But is this how you feel when someone from another country tries to speak your language? Do you laugh at them? I expect you don't, and the truth is that we all react in this way. We know learning a foreign language is not an easy or quick thing, so we are encouraging and helpful. There's no reason for you to imagine that people won't be the same way with you.

 

Confidence is key, and the more you speak, the more confident you will be. When I learn a foreign language, I speak all the time to myself at home, or to my dog (who is very patient). I describe what I'm doing, I have 'conversations' with the radio or television, I describe what I can see in front of me and so on. In this way I learn to speak more quickly, even if my grammar is not perfect, and when I need to speak to somebody else it is much easier. I think this is the best advice I can give: speak at home and when you're alone - it really will help.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

it was a small library in my collage .I went ther when need book or surces for presentation
Yes, a very small library we have in our village, I can't come there(library) in my life, but I see it daily when I go to school, that's on my way..
Yes we have a library Which is 1 km From My Home , Me and my friends often go to library. to find the new books and magazines in the library.And read the books completely. It was great excitement to read the stories Which is published in magazines.
Yes I have a local library. I go there one time per week. I prefer read my lessons there and sometimes I borrow some books.
No. But I often go to the library in the school and borrow it. Just use library card you can borrow books . If you lose and tear, you have to pay for it. And must take care of it.
Yes, I have a local library, but I don´t usually go. I prefer to search for books on the internet.
yes but not alot of libraries ,i can say it is because our local people do not read alot . for me the last time i visited library was two months ago . i borrowed a book put i have not backed it yet .the limited time was 3 weeks .
Yes, we have a local library. It is 2 km away from my home. I don't go there often. Whenever i go there, i go to read books. I don't have a library card.
Yes, I go there twice a month. I borrow psychological books for me and some books for my children, especially fairy tales.
Hello, near my home there is not a library so i can't spend my afternoon there! but i hope one day to live near a library and i woul spend there alla my afternoon ..i want lose myself around the shelves and i wold like to breath the smell of the books.
there is a small library in my country. I usually come there at the week end with my sister. We can borrow maximum 4 books and back after 2 weeks. All of time we study in the library after school time because it is quiet and cool. When I grow up, I will built another library which is bigger and more modal for children.

Hello serena lee

That sounds like a great ambition!

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Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

There is a public librariy in my city. when I was student, I was going to there and studied but I prefer to work at my home now.
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