Listen to this extract from an interview in which
Marsha Muller talks about a journey in Africa. What topic is she
discussing with the interviewer?
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Now listen again to Marsha Muller while
you check the transcription of her interview below.
What do you think your own strengths are
as a traveller and your weaknesses?
And have you got better at it as you go
I don't think so. I don't think it's
something you get better at, really. Well, I mean in
practical ways you learn that you don't need so much gear
for instance. And ... I suppose my, my chief weakness is er
being so bad at languages because you do miss out a lot. I
mean I can remember a few villages we were in where nobody
did speak English and there were several, I, I mean
obviously extremely interesting characters and it was so
frustrating not being able to speak with them. So I mean
that's a very major weakness.
Except I suppose it's also slightly a
strength in that it develops a muscle of communication in
other ways ...
Oh, yes ...
... which you obviously are good at.
Yes, that's true. And I suppose my
greatest strength as a traveller probably is just being
naturally disposed to trust people, so that you're not all
the time apprehensive about what might happen or how you
might be cheated or assaulted or whatever. I mean I just
assume that people, until they prove themselves to the
contrary, are trustworthy.
A journey in Africa
ACTIVITY 17: Read again the
transcription above and mark if each
statement is TRUE or FALSE.
Correct the statements you think are FALSE in the blank spaces.
Then check the correct answers.
Marsha Muller praises herself for
being good at languages.
In some villages on her last journey
an interpreter would have been useful.
The speakers agree with each other
about one advantage of being bad at languages.
When Marsha Muller travels, she
doesn't trust anybody she meets.
She thinks it's a weakness to trust
people when you travel.
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