This is a TOEIC Part 3 Type Listening Lesson (パート３:短い会話理解). The topic of this one was the apology given by the famous Japanese Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa for a recent bar brawl. Listen to the conversation and questions. Then choose the answers and scroll down the page to see the video script, questions and answers. The correct answers are shown in green. Good Luck!
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Listen to the following conversation. Then choose the correct answers to the 3 or 4 questions at the end of the lesson. Then scroll down to check the correct answers on the page below the video player. Good Luck!
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TOEIC Lesson 49 (Ebizo Kabuki Prince) Script, Questions and Answers:
Al: John, what do you think about the Ebizo Ichikawa scandal? It seems like the whole country is talking about him and his latest escapade.
John: To tell the truth Al, I’d never heard of him before I read the news article on the Yahoo website about a drunken brawl he got involved in in a Tokyo bar. The local celebrities really seem to enjoy making the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Al: How right you are. First Asashoryu flushing his career down the toilet, and now Ebizo trying his best to follow him. But several of my students have told me that this is by no means the first time he’s been in the news for his big thirst and even bigger mouth.
They do seem to enjoy it when high profile public figures get themselves into a mess.
John: That’s right. No sympathy for the rebellious superstar in Japan. In England the public always seems to support the star who falls foul of society’s rules and regulations, but not so here. If you have a high profile I suppose you’re supposed to set an example.
Al: I suppose so. But in any case he may have ruined his career in kabuki himself. It seems as if he may have a problem in producing his famous cross-eyed nirami glare because of the injury he received. This has been a trademark of Ebizo and his forefathers. Can you believe that he is the eleventh generation of his family to be at the top of the kabuki tree? Isn’t Japanese tradition amazing?
John: It certainly is. It seems that the secrets are so deep that they are often passed on from generation to generation. Is there a similar culture in America.
Al: Now it seems that the only ability that parents want to pass on to their children is how to make money.
John: Sounds just like tradition in England.
1. How did Al respond to John’s comments about Japanese celebrities making headlines for the wrong reasons?
a) He said that Ebizo was following Asashoryo down the toilet
b) He said that several students had big mouths
c) He said that Ebizo had been in the news before for drinking too much and getting into arguments
d) He said that students enjoyed getting themselves into a mess
2. What did John say in reply to Al?
a) That he thought that Japanese people expected celebrities to set an example
b) That in England people liked to enjoy falling stars
c) That rebellious superstars in Japan fell foul of society’s rules and regulations
d) That rebellious English superstars often have a high profile
3. What did Al say about Ebizo’s future as a Kabuki actor?
a) That Ebizo may not have ruined his future because of his trademark
b) That Ebizo may have ruined his future because he may have lost his ability to produce his famous nirami glare
c) That Ebizo’s forefathers had had a trademark nirami glare at the top of the Kabuki tree
d) That Ebizo’s career had been a trademark because of eleven generations of nirami glare