Culture Shock Listening Exercise

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Culture Shock listening exercise is a gap-fill and multiple choice type question to practise for the Cambridge English C1 Advanced and IELTS tests as well as the English Language B IB Diploma

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Culture Shock Listening Exercise

“After two years in Tokyo, North Asia Correspondent Matthew Carney has just arrived for his new assignment in Beijing. To his surprise, he says, it’s been a bit of a culture shock.”   …from the programme ‘Correspondents’ Report’, ABC Radio  

A. Identify true statements

According to Carney, which FOUR of the following statements are true?

A. Crossing a road is more difficult in Japan than in China.

B. In Japan, pedestrians pay little attention to traffic signals when crossing the road.

C. Although he admires many aspects of Japanese culture, Carney never felt that he was accepted in Japan.

D. Emotions are expressed more openly in China than in Japan.

E. When he was trying to buy a subway ticket in China, the local people were very helpful.

F. Carney speaks Chinese fluently, so he is confident about his new position in China.

G. Carney is excited to have the opportunity to learn about and work in another culture.

B. A variation on “matching statements with their sources”

To which country do the following words apply? Write either “China” or “Japan” next to each statement.

“Everyone seems to be in a constant race or scramble to get on top.”

“Everyone tries to get ahead of the next guy.”

“…… civil and polite”

“The sheer scale of the place is both exciting and frightening.”

“……their obsession with order and detail”

C. Multiple Choice

Choose the correct statement:

Carney will miss living in Japan


 

Matthew Carney (7th February 2016) Culture shock: First impressions of China after Japan, Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2015/s4401645.htm (Accessed: 18th September 2019).

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