Remember that the FCE also tests your ability to
discuss a topic in a pair with another candidate. Luis and
Marina are discussing here the pros and cons (advantages and
disadvantages) of living in the city or in the country. At this
first step, just listen for general comprehension. Please, do not skip
any audio file and listen to them in the order they are displayed.
Pros and cons (II)
Now, listen again to Luis and Marina while you
check their comments with the audio transcriptions.
I think living in the country is far
better than living in a city because you have the opportunity to escape
from all the noise and the general day-to-day routine of... of living in a
city... living and working in a city. In the country you can escape, you
can breathe fresh air. I don't know... I think it's much... much better to live away
from the city.
However, I prefer living in the city because
I like that feeling of not being isolated
from the rest of the world... having all modern conveniences at just
one - like
- at hand.
You can get it at any moment of your... during your day, on the weekends,
um, at any time of the day you can go shopping, you can find anything
open. If you feel like doing something last minute, you can always jump
into public transportation and get yourself a film or watch a play or get
a drink without taking the car anywhere.
But I think the advantage of the country
is you can do all that when you want to but you can still escape
after doing that. In the city, there's no escape. You are always
surrounded by... by people, by noise.
Well, it just depends on your point of view.
I prefer being with all the noise and the people because I feel safer. Um,
if you live out in the country, you are much more isolated and you have
that feeling walking down the street that somebody's preying after you.
Or you don't feel as if you're, um, maybe you can find in the city more
danger, but if you don't have people around you then you have that feeling
of not feeling safe.
I suppose it depends on what you consider
living in the country as the whole. Living in the country doesn't have to
be being completely isolated. Living in the country can be living in a
small village or a very small town where you have all the amenities but,
at the same time, you don't have the hustle and bustle of
living in the city.
But then you have to waste more time
commuting because you spend more time getting in and out to a city where
you have most of your modern conveniences. Um, like I said before,
anything dealing with entertainment or even just buying bread, you have to
get your car to buy a loaf of
bread if you forgot to buy your bread on Friday afternoon.
But maybe the fact that you're out in the
open air will encourage you more to... to do more physical exercise. Maybe
you, instead of getting in your car to go and buy the bread, you'd actually
walk or take a bicycle, which living in a city taking a bicycle maybe
isn't the safest thing to do.