Extensive Listening Report (7)
3/8/2011
Kaori Sei 20/20 You did it! Hope you'll continue to visit this 'This I Believe' for listening practice. It's not as challenging for
This I Believe academics, however, as TED or the other lecture sites given. Still you can get a lot of useful
vocabulary and learn about pronunciation using the transcripts while listening.
title: seeing with the heart / a priceless lesson in humility

1.How long did you search for the listening? (min)
→1min

2.Why did you decide on this listening?
→I choose from this web site last time and I liked it.
3.How long did you listen? (min)
→about 10min

4.What other resources on the site did you access?
→none

5.How difficult was the listening?
→just right

6.How much of the listening did you understand? (%) and explain
→80%
There is script so I could read it after listening.
7.How did you listen?
→She and he speak clearly and there were few words that I didn't know.

8.What was the listening about? (own title)
→bonds, love, and heart / an important lesson

9.Write a short summary.
→Disney has a adopted daughter who is multi-racial. She has heard same question many times that is "What is she?" people do this because she is not alike to Disney. She doesn't like it because she thinks that love, bonds, and heart are much more important than genetics, race or color.

He was in Washington DC where he saw many poor people like homeless. Once a blind woman asked him a destination but he first thought she tried to get money from him. He acted with bias. This made him remember that he believed in his humility. He thinks that he should remember what he was and keep believing in his humility.

10.What is your opinion of the content?
→I was impressed because adoption is not common in my country. What surprised me was that she adopted a girl who doesn't look like her. I might choose the one who is alike to me if I adopted a child.

Even though I do not have prejudge about anything, it sometimes happens in my mind naturally.

11.Does the author express personal opinion? If so, what is it? How can you tell?
→Yes she does express her opinion strongly. She thinks that race is not important for a family.
He was sad because he acted with prejudice but he could learn important lesson from this incident.


Extensive Listening Report (6)
Kaori Sei 20/20 Great!

This I Believe
title: the love i choose

1.How long did you search for the listening? (min)
→4min

2.Why did you decide on this listening?
→two of classmates suggested What did your classmates say about it? Why did they recommend it?

3.How long did you listen? (min)
→about 10min

4.What other resources on the site did you access?
→none

5.How difficult was the listening?
→just right

6.How much of the listening did you understand? (%) and explain
→78%
There is script so I could read it after listening. Did you find the listening from 'This I Believe' easier to understand because of the topic or because you could read the transcript?

7.How did you listen?
→First, I listened without seeing the script, then I listened it again reading the script. Good idea!

8.What was the listening about? (own title)
mondane -> mundane life is romantic

9.Write a short summary.
→Jessica is satisfied with her life with her husband. Her life is not really exciting, but real, and she thinks because of the weight of its reality, her life is romantic. She loves her husband and so does he. This is all and there is nothing more than that. The life filled with love is the most romantic.

10.What is your opinion of the content?
→This is really nice and I liked it. I have thought a lot about how my marriage will be. I got some hints from this listening. Of course, everyone has different thoughts about it, but I believe that the most important thing is to love your husband and that your husband loves you as well.

11.Does the author express personal opinion? If so, what is it? How can you tell?

→As I have mentioned, she believes love that her husband gives. She believes it beacuse she chose him and he chose her.





Extensive Listening Report (5)



Kaori Sei
http://www.thisamericanlife.org 20/20 Yes!
title: Gun

1.How long did you search for the listening? (min)
→2min

2.Why did you decide on this listening?
→Because I'm curious about guns.

3.How long did you listen? (min)
→about 15min

4.What other resources on the site did you access?
→none

5.How difficult was the listening?
→just right

6.How much of the listening did you understand? (%) and explain
→75%
Geoffrey Canada, the interviewee speaks slowly and clearly. Also, I have read his book.

7.How did you listen?
→First, I just listened because it is radio, so I wanted to try to understand without any note taking. Second I listened to it reading his book.

8.What was the listening about? (own title)
→Geoffrey Canada's childhood with guns.

9.Write a short summary.
→Geoffrey Canada grew up in a poor neighborhoods in New York. When he moved into this place, he and his brothers got shocked because everyone was fighting. Children who lived there had to fight to be accepted to the block and once you were accepted, you have to follow rules of the block. Every block has different rules. There are common rules such as to respect older guys, don't be scared, and be a man when you fight. In his block, for instance, wrestling were not allowed as fights, older boys have to teach how to fight to young guys.The life had changed when children started having guns. How big the enemy is, you don't need to be scared, you can just show your gun then he will be scared of you. A handgun changed Geoffrey's attitude. He got confidence and not be scared any kids.

10.What is your opinion of the content?
→As I have read his book and I have some background, it was not difficult to understand. This story is unbelievable for me because the life there is totally deferent from mine. I have never even touched guns. Neither have I. It is hard for me to imagine this, even though I grew up in Southern CA where lots of people have guns. Some use them for hunting, others for 'protection.'

11.Does the author express personal opinion? If so, what is it? How can you tell?
→He asked Geoffrey some questions. He seems to be surprised at his story. I guess he hasn't have any experience like Geoffrey.



Extensive Listening Report (4)
Kaori Sei
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ 20/20 Great job!
title: original recipe of coca cola

1.How long did you search for the listening? (min)
→3min

2.Why did you decide on this listening?
→The title interest me.

3.How long did you listen? (min)
→about 10min

4.What other resources on the site did you access?
→none

5.How difficult was the listening?
→a bit too difficult

6.How much of the listening did you understand? (%) and explain
→70%
The speaker speaks so fast and there are some numbers but the story was simple.

7.How did you listen?
→I didn't take note. I listened to it as I'm listening to a radio. Why did you decide not to take any notes?

8.What was the listening about? (own title)
The original recipe of coca cola was found

9.Write a short summary.
This story is about when a recipe that looked like the original recipe of coca cola was posted on a newspaper in 1979. He actually has the recipe in his hand and he read through it. Also he explained some episode behind the recipe. There is something called 7X which is a super secret formula. Only two people in the company knew how to mix the 7X. Each guys know half of formula. They made a coca cola based on the original recipe. They said it taste different from today's.

10.What is your opinion of the content?
→It was really interesting story because I didn't know that coca cola included so many things even wine, cocaine, and caffeine. Try using other adjectives than 'interesting' - a more meaningful adjective might be 'educational', 'informative,' or 'insightful.' 'Interesting' is a partiulcarly/ interesting topic.


11.Does the author express personal opinion? If so, what is it? How can you tell?
→He seems to be excited having the original recipe in his hand. I can tell because tone of his voice changed when he was telling that he has it.