Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

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Consider the following excerpt from a conversation:

TONY: Hey Bruce, did you hear about the new guy on our team?

BRUCE: No, who is he?

TONY: His name is James; he's an old friend of Steve's.

BRUCE: Oh, nice. Actually, speaking of the team, do you know when our schedule for the latest project is coming out?

TONY: Um, I think it's going to be posted tomorrow? Or-- well, I guess it depends on when Nick figures everything out, and I know he's really busy with everything, but… OK, what I'm actually saying is that I don't know.

BRUCE: OK, well, let me know if you get any news. Hey, is this new guy--

TONY: James.

BRUCE: James, right. Is he coming to lunch on Friday?

Why does Tony say 'did you hear about…'?

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1.

Consider the following excerpt from a conversation:

TONY: Hey Bruce, did you hear about the new guy on our team?

BRUCE: No, who is he?

TONY: His name is James; he's an old friend of Steve's.

BRUCE: Oh, nice. Actually, speaking of the team, do you know when our schedule for the latest project is coming out?

TONY: Um, I think it's going to be posted tomorrow? Or-- well, I guess it depends on when Nick figures everything out, and I know he's really busy with everything, but… OK, what I'm actually saying is that I don't know.

BRUCE: OK, well, let me know if you get any news. Hey, is this new guy--

TONY: James.

BRUCE: James, right. Is he coming to lunch on Friday?

Why does Bruce say 'Actually, speaking of the team…'?

2.

Consider the following excerpt from a conversation:

TONY: Hey Bruce, did you hear about the new guy on our team?

BRUCE: No, who is he?

TONY: His name is James; he's an old friend of Steve's.

BRUCE: Oh, nice. Actually, speaking of the team, do you know when our schedule for the latest project is coming out?

TONY: Um, I think it's going to be posted tomorrow? Or-- well, I guess it depends on when Nick figures everything out, and I know he's really busy with everything, but… OK, what I'm actually saying is that I don't know.

BRUCE: OK, well, let me know if you get any news. Hey, is this new guy--

TONY: James.

BRUCE: James, right. Is he coming to lunch on Friday?

After their discussion of the schedule, what does Bruce do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand information about transition and signal words. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of examples of transition and signal words.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Examples of using transition and signal words
  • Signaling the end of a conversation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related transition and signal words lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding information about ways to signal the end of a conversation
  • Problem solving- use acquired knowledge to solve transition and signal words practice problems

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to conversations, read through the brief lesson, Transitions & Signal Words in Listening. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify what transition and signal words are
  • Understand different ways a person can signal the beginning and end of a conversation with practical examples
  • Recall how people can transition between different topics in a conversation
  • Review different signal words that can relate topics of discussion
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