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 -
- 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.
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.