Part Ⅱ Listening Comprehension (30 minutes)

Section A

Directions: In this section, you will hear 8 short conversations and 2 long conversations. At the end of each conversation, one or more questions will be asked about what was said. Both the conversation and the questions will be spoken only once. After each question there will be a pause. During the pause, you must read the four choices marked A), B), C) and D), and decide which is the best answer. Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.


1. W: I can’t seem to reach the tea at the back of the cupboard.

M: Oh… Why don’t you use the ladder? You might strain your shoulder.

Q: What does the man suggest the woman do?

2. W: Since it’s raining so hard, let’s go and see the new exhibits.

M: That’s a good idea. Mary Johnson is one of my favorite painters.

Q: Where does the conversation most probably take place?

3. M: I hear the students gave the new teacher an unfair evaluation.

W: It depends on which student you are talking about.

Q: What does the woman imply?

4. W: It must have taken you a long time to fix up all these book shelves.

M: It wasn’t too bad. I got Doris to do some of them.

Q: What does the man mean?

5. W: Rod, I hear you’ll be leaving at the end of this month. Is it true?

M: Yeah. I’ve been offered a much better position with another firm. I’d be a fool to turn it down.

Q: Why is the man quitting his job?

6. W: I honestly don’t want to continue the gardening tomorrow, Tony?

M: Neither do I. But I think we should get it over with this weekend.

Q: What does the man mean?

7. W: You’ve already furnished your apartment?

M: I found some used furniture that was dirt cheap.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

8. W: Has the mechanic called the bus repairers?

M: Not yet .I’ll let you know when he calls.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

Conversation one

M: Hello. Matt Ellis speaking.

W: Hello, Dr. Ellis, my name’s Pan Johnson. My roommate, Janet Holmes, wanted me to call you.

M: Janet Holmes? Oh, that’s right. She’s in my Shakespearean English class. Has anything happened to her?

W: Nothing, it’s just that she submitted a job application yesterday and the company asked her in for an interview today. She’s afraid she won’t be able to attend your class this afternoon though. I’m calling to see whether it would be OK if I gave you her essay. Janet said it’s due today.

M: Certainly, that would be fine. Uh, you can either drop it off at my class or bring it to my office.

W: Would it be all right to come by your office around 4:00? I’m afraid I can’t come any earlier because I have three classes this afternoon.

M: Uh, I won’t be here when you come. I’m supposed to be at a meeting from 3:00 to 6:00, but how about leaving it with my secretary? She usually stays until 5:00.

W: Fine, please tell her I’ll be there at 4:00. And Dr. Ellis, one more thing, could you tell me where your office is? Janet told me where your class is, but she didn’t give me directions to your office.

M: Well, I’m in Room 302 of the Gregory Building. I’ll tell my secretary to put the paper in my mail box, and I’ll get it when I return.

W: I sure appreciate it. Goodbye, Dr. Ellis.

M: Goodbye, Ms. Johnson.

Questions 9 to 11 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

9. Why couldn’t the woman’s roommate attend the Shakespearean English class that afternoon?

10. What favor is the woman going to do for her roommate?

11. What does the woman want to know at the end of the conversation?

Conversation two

W: How are things going, Roald?

M: Not bad, Jane. I’m involved in several projects and it’s a long working day. But I’m used to that so it doesn’t bother me too much.

W: I heard you have moved to a new house in the suburb. How do you like commuting to London every day? Don’t you find it a string?

M: It was terrible at first, especially getting up before dawn to catch that 6:30 train. But it’s bearable now that I’ m used to it.https://www.ienglishcn.com/

W: Don’t you think it’s an awful waste of time? I couldn’t bear to spend three hours sitting in a train every day.

M: I used to feel the same as you. But now I quite enjoy it.

W: How do you pass the time? Do you bring some work with you to do on the train?

M: Ah, that’s a good question. In the morning, I just sit in comfort and read the papers to catch up with the news. On the way home at night, I relax with a good book or chat with friends or even have a game of bridge.

W: I suppose you know lots of people on the train now.

M: Yes, I bumped into someone I know on the platform every day. Last week I came across a couple of old school friends and we spend the entire journey in the bar.

W: It sounds like a good club. You never know. I may join it too.

Questions 12 to 15 are based on the conversation you have just heard.

12. What does the man say about his job?

13. Which train does the man take to work every day?

14. How does the man feel about commuting to work every day now?

15. How does the man spend his time on the morning train?

Section B

Directions: In this section, you will hear 3 short passages. At the end of each passage, you will hear some questions. Both the passages and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B), C) and D ). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.

Passage One

Most American college students need to be efficient readers. This is necessary because full-time students probably have to read several hundred pages every week. They don’t have time to read a chapter three or four times. They need to extract as much information as possible from the first or second reading.

An extraordinarily important study skill is knowing how to mark a book. Students mark the main ideas and important details with a pen or pencil, yellow or blue or orange. Some students mark new vocabulary in a different color. Most students write questions or short notes in the margins. Marking a book is a useful skill, but it’s important to do it right. First, read a chapter with one pen in your hand and others next to you on the desk. Second, read a whole paragraph before you mark anything. Don’t mark too much. Usually you will mark about 10% of a passage. Third, decide on your own system for marking. For example, maybe you will mark main ideas in yellow, important details in blue and new words in orange. Maybe you will put question marks in the margin when you don’t understand something and before an exam. Instead, you just need to review your marks and you can save a lot of time.

16. What should American college students do to cope with their heavy reading assignments?

17. What suggestion does the speaker give about marking a textbook?

18. How should students prepare for an exam according to the speaker?

Passage Two

The thought of having no sleep for 24 hours or more isn’t a pleasant one for most people. The amount of sleep that each person needs varies. In general, each of us needs about 8 hours of sleep each day to keep us healthy and happy. Some people, however, can get by with just a few hours of sleep at night.

It doesn’t matter when or how much a person sleeps. But everyone needs some rest to stay alive. Few doctors would have thought that there might be an exception to this. Sleep is, after all, a very basic need. But a man named Al Herpin turned out to be a real exception, for supposedly, he never slept!

Al Herpin was 90 years old when doctors came to his home in New Jersy. They hoped to challenge the claim that he never slept. But they were surprised. Though they watched him every hour of the day, they never saw Herpin sleeping. He did not even own a bed. He never needed one.

The closest that Herpin came to resting was to sit in a rocking chair and read a half dozen newspapers. His doctors were puzzled by the strange case of permanent sleeplessness. Herpin offered the only clue to his condition. He remembered some talk about his mother having been injured several days before he had been born. Herpin died at the age of 94, never, it seems, having slept at all.

19. What is taken for granted by most people?

20. What do doctors think of Al Herpin’s case?

21. What could have accounted for Al Herpin’s sleeplessness?

Passage Three

Hetty Green was a very spoiled, only child. She was born in Massachusetts USA in 1835. Her father was a millionaire businessman. Her mother was often ill, and so from the age of two her father took her with him to work and taught her about stocks and shares. At the age of six she started reading the daily financial newspapers and opened her own bank account. Her father died when she was 21 and she inherited 7.5 million dollars. She went to New York and invested on Wall Street. Hetty saved every penny, eating in the cheapest restaurants for 15 cents. She became one of the richest and most hated women in the world. At 33 she married Edward Green, a multi-millionaire, and had two children, Ned and Sylvia.

Hetty’s meanness was well-known. She always argued about prices in shops. She walked to the local grocery store to buy broken biscuits which were much cheaper, and to get a free bone for her much loved dog. Once she lost a two-cent stamp and spent the night looking for it. She never bought clothes and always wore the same long, ragged black skirt. Worst of all, when her son, Ned, fell and injured his knee, she refused to pay for a doctor and spent hours looking for free medical help. In the end Ned lost his leg. When she died in 1916 she left her children 100 million dollars. Her daughter built a hospital with her money.https://www.ienglishcn.com/

22. What do we learn about Hetty Green as a child?

23. How did Hetty Green become rich overnight?

24. Why was Hetty Green much hated?

25. What do we learn about Hetty’s daughter?


Among the kinds of social gestures most significant for second language teachers, are those which are identical in form, but different in meaning in the two cultures. For example, a Columbian who wants someone to approach him often signals with a hand movement, in which all the fingers of one hand cupped point downward as they move rapidly back and forth. Speakers of English have a similar gesture, though the hand may not be cupped and the fingers may be held more loosely. But for them, the gesture means “goodbye” or “go away”, quite the opposite of the Columbian gesture. Again in Columbia, a speaker of English would have to know that when he indicates height, he must choose between different gestures depending on whether he is referring to a human being or an animal. If he keeps the palm of the hand parallel to the floor, as he would in his own culture when making known the height of a child for example, he will very likely be greeted by laughter. In Columbia, this gesture is reserved for the description of animals. In order to describe human beings, he should keep the palm of his hand at a right angle to the floor. Substitutions of one gesture for the other often create not only humorous but also embarrassing moments. In both of the examples above, speakers from two different cultures have the same gesture physically, but its meaning differs sharply.



这次英语四级听力短对话总体难度适中,主要考点仍然集中在对日常生活的理解上。一共8 题,其中第1题考察事实细节,3、4、6是对句子内涵的理解,2和5分别是对地点和原因的推断,7、8是对事实细节的推断。大家在做听力时,不要纠结在一两个生词上,一定要注意把握对话人的隐含义,才能做出准确推断。


1. B .Use a ladder to help her reach the tea.

点评:事实细节题,主要听男士的意见Why don’t you use the ladder. strain v.表示拉伸,扭伤 strain your shoulder 拉伤肩膀

2. D. Outside an art gallery.

点评:推理判断题,从女士的“exhibition”与男士的“favorite painter”中推断出。

3. B. She does not quite agree with what the man said.


evaluation n. 表示评估价值 ;an unfair evaluation 有失公正的评价;

4. C. Doris fixed up some of the book shelves.

点评:推理判断题,从男士的“I got Doris to do some of them.”推断出答案。

注意shelf 复数形式是shelves

5. D. He has found a better position.

点评:事实细节题,主要听男生的陈述 “I’ve been offered a much better position with another firm”


6. A. They should finish the work as soon as possible.

点评:推理判断题,从男士的“But I think we should get it over with this weekend”可以得出。

7. D. The furniture the man bought is inexpensive.

点评:事实细节题,从男士的描述“dirt cheap”中可以得出。

dirt cheap 表示非常便宜。furnish v. 表示布置;陈设 n. furniture 家具。

8. B. The woman is waiting for a call.

点评:推理判断题,从男士的话中“I’ll let you know when he calls.”推断出答案。



Conversation 1:

9. A. She had a job interview to attend.

点评:事实细节题。关键听取原文中“It’s just that she submitted a job application yesterday and the company asked her in for an interview today”.

10. C. Submit her roommate’s assignment.

点评:事实细节题加单词的同义替换。关键听取原文中“I’m calling to see whether it would be OK if I gave you her essay.”

11. A. Where Dr. Ellis’s office is located.

点评:事实细节题。关键听取原文中“And Dr. Ellis, one more thing, could you tell me where your office is?”

Conversation 2:

12. C. He can handle it quite well.

点评:同义替换原文内容“But it’s bearable now that I’ m used to it”。be used to 表示为习惯做某事。

13. B. The 6:30 train.

点评:细节题。重点听取原文中“It was terrible at first, especially getting up before dawn to catch that 6:30 train”

14. C. The time on the train is enjoyable.

点评:细节题加词性转换。重点听取原文中“But now I quite enjoy it.”

15. A. Reading newspapers.

点评:细节与词义替换。重点听取原文“In the morning, I just sit in comfort and read the papers to catch up with the news.”



16. D. Get key information by reading just once or twice.

17. A. Choose one’s own system of marking.

18. B. By reviewing only the marked parts.

【点评】这篇短文主要讲述美国大学生为了完成繁重的阅读作业,需提高阅读效率。一个重要的学习技能就是在书上做标记。而正确使用标记方法也非常重要。题目设置并不难,主要考查事实细节。考生只需抓住关键词如mark,main ideas,important details,捕捉听力中的序数词,找到相应的信息,就可以选出正确的答案。


19. D. Everybody needs some sleep for survival.

20. C. It is a rare exception.

21. B. His mother’s injury just before his birth.

【点评】这篇短文以睡眠为主题,讲述了一个从不睡觉的人的故事。医生对他进行了观察,发现确实如此。而他本人也表示这可能是因为他出生几天前母亲受伤的缘故。题目设置并不难,以考查事实细节为主。考生以Al Herpin,docotors和sleeplessness为关键词,捕捉听力中的细节即可选到正确答案。


22. C. She developed a strong interest in finance.

23. D. She inherited a big fortune from her father.

24. A. She was extremely mean with her money.

25. B. She built a hospital with her mother’s money.



26. identical

27. approach

28. back and forth

29. opposite

30. indicates

31. referring to

32. parallel to

33. reserved

34. at a right angle

35. embarrassing




1. M: Did you buy any of the sweaters that we are on sale?

W: Buy any? I got five of them. They were such a good bargain.

Q: What does the woman say about the sweaters?

2. W: I have trouble concentrating when my roommate talk so loud on her mobile phone.

M: why don’t you just ask her to lower her voice?

Q: What does the man suggest the woman do?

3. W: Wendy’s in the basement, trying to fix the washing machine.

M: Shouldn’t she be working on her annual report?

Q: What does the man mean?

4. W: What happened to the painting that used to be on the wall?

M: It fell down and the glass broke. I’m having it reframed.

Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

5. M: You must have left the camera in the market. It’s a very expensive camera you know.

W: But I tell you that I didn’t take it. I remember clearly that you put it on the dressing table.

Q: What does the woman say about the camera?

6. W: There is a good comedy on at the theatre Royal next Saturday. If you like, I can book four seats for us.

M: All right. I’ll ask Janet if she is free then. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

Q: What does the woman suggest they do next Saturday?

7. W: We’ve opened the first box. Look! Some of these books are soaked.

M: They should’ve used waterproof wrappings. What are we going to do about it? It’s too late to order replacements.https://www.ienglishcn.com/

Q: What do we learn about the conversation?

8. W: Professor Johnson said you can pick up your term paper at her office.

M: So she has graded it?

Q: What can we infer from the conversation?


W: Can I help you?

M: Well. I’ m not .I think so. You see, actually, I’m getting married soon. And my friends want to buy me presents things.

W: And would you like somethings for the kitchen.

M: Yes, that’s right. I thought if I could find out things about kitchen things. They would be the best sorts of presents.

W: Well. I suppose the first thing you need is a cooker. Do you like a electron one or a gas one?

M: Em. I think I probably prefer a gas one. But cookers are very expensive. Aren’t they? How much is this one?

W: It’s one hundred and seventy five cent, including tax and delivery. It’s a very good one though.

M: But It’s a lot of money. Isn’t it?What sorts of things could I ask people to buy? You know, cheaper.

W: Well. You need some pans. Won’t you? A set of pans, I suppose. and drying pans. Do you like cooking?

M: Yes. I suppose so.

W: Well. In that case, you might like a mixer. If you make cakes and things like that. It’ll save you a lot of time. And a blender too. That’s good if you make soup and things.

M: Em. That’s a sort.

W: Something else you might use is a set of these knifes, you know,carving knifes, bread knifes,steak knifes, fruit knifes, potato peeling knifes.

M: Haven’t seen or ever knew so many sorts.

W: Oh, Yeah. Come over here and I’ll show you some more.

Questions 9 to 11 are based on the conversation you have just heard.


Q9 Why is the man is in the kitchen ware shop?

Q10 Why does the woman want to know whether the man likes cooking?

Q11 What does the man say he has never realized?


Passage One

Good transportation is very important in winter. If you have a car, make sure it is ready for the cold weather. Keep the gas tank as nearly full as you can. This will keep water out of the tank and will be a reserve in case you get into trouble. If a storm traps you in your car, there are some steps you should take for your own safety. Do not tend to walk to find help. You may quickly lose your way in blowing and drifting snow. Your chances of being found are better if you stay in your car. Keep a downwind window open slightly for fresh air. Freezing rain can seal off your car and lock you inside. Run the engine and heater once in a while. Keep the same downwind window open while the engine is running. Make sure that snow has not blocked the exhaust pipe. Clap your hands and move your arms and legs from time to time. Do not stay in one position too long. But, do not move too much. Exercise warms you up, but it also causes you to lose body heat. If more than one person is in the car, do not sleep at the same time. One person should always be awake. If you are alone, stay awake as long as you can. Turn on the inside light at night. This would make your car more visible to rescue crews. Don’t panic. Stay with your car.https://www.ienglishcn.com/

Question 16-18 are based on the passage you have just heard.

16. What does the speaker say you should do in winter with your car?

17. What should you avoid doing if a storm traps you in the car?

18. Why is too much exercise undesirable when you are trapped in a car by a winter storm?
Passage Two
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Passage Three

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Section C Dictation

According to American law, if someone is accused of a crime, he is considered innocent until the court proves the person is guilty. To arrest a person, the police have to be reasonably sure that a crime has been committed. The police must give the suspect the reasons why they are arresting him and tell him his rights under the law. Then, the police take the suspect to the police station where the name of the person and the charges against him are formally listed. The next step is for the suspect to go before a judge. The judge decides whether the suspect should be kept in jail or released. If the suspect has no previous criminal record and the judge feels that he will return to court rather than run away, he can go free. Otherwise the suspect must put up bail. At this time too, the judge will appoint a court lawyer to defend the suspect if he can’t afford one. The suspect returns to court a week or two later. A lawyer from the district attorney’s office presents a case against the suspect. The attorney may present evidence as well as witnesses. The judge then decides whether there is enough reason to hold a trial. The American Justice System is very complex, and sometimes operates slowly. However, every step is designed to protect the rights of the people. These individual rights are the foundation of the American government.


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