Weird True News – English listening practice and questions.
2:31 Listening (Transcript and questions below)
QUESTIONS PART 1
When did the story happen?
What did he do during the drive?
What was he doing whilst she had to wait for a few minutes?
What reason did he say that he needed the money?
QUESTIONS PART 2
How did the “couple” meet?
What was he wearing when he returned to the car?
Why did the woman stop?
Who did the gun belong to?
Did the woman go to prison?
TRANSCRIPT: (Links to original articles)
When I think about my first dates, I cringe. Being a teenager, too much gel in my hair, unsure of what to say. Being taken to a library… yes, that happened. One of my first dates was in a library. First dates can be awkward. They are an opportunity to show who you really are to the person that you really want to impress. Well, none of my first dates has been as bad as what I am about to tell you.
Dating apps can be fine. They can be perilous…
This story happened in 2016.
An unnamed woman met a guy called Christopher Castillo on a dating app. She picked up her new date from his parents’ home and then drove him North for 30 minutes. During the drive, he drank wine. Now, you might be thinking, drinking wine, in a car on a first date??? Wait. We haven’t even got to the juicy part yet.
This was the first time that the two had met. What did they talk about? Who knows? What we do know is that he asked her to pull up outside a bank. Whilst he went inside the bank, she was left waiting for a few minutes.
Suddenly, he came running back, in a sweat. Now he was wearing a hat and some sunglasses. He had a gun, and he also had $1,000 in his hand. “F###ing go” He told the woman. Scared, she did as he demanded.
She drove away and didn’t stop until she saw police lights. A police car was following them, and she dutifully stopped and walked away from the car.
The police captured Castillo from the car even though he “violently struggled” as they took him from the car. They found the hat and sunglasses that matched the robber’s description as well as the $1,000 dollars in his wallet and the gun, an antique belonging to Castillo’s grandfather.
In court, we got to find out what actually happened while Castillo was in the bank. He walked in and showed the teller the gun. He demanded $1,000 dollars, saying he needed it badly. Apparently, he was “really hurting”. The teller gave him the money, and he then ran back outside to his date, waiting in her car.
Castillo has been sentenced to five years in prison. His date, the unnamed woman, is innocent as the court rightfully understood that she was not part of the crime.
ANSWERS PART 1
When did the story happen? The story happened in 2016.
What did he do during the drive? He drank wine.
What was he doing whilst she had to wait for a few minutes? He was robbing a bank.
What reason did he say that he needed the money? He said that he was “really hurting”.
ANSWERS PART 2
How did the “couple” meet? They met on a dating app.
What was he wearing when he returned to the car? He was wearing a hat and some sunglasses.
Why did the woman stop? She saw police lights from a police car.
Who did the gun belong to? The gun belonged to Castillo’s grandfather.
Did the woman go to prison? No, she did not.
First date (noun) – The first time a man and a woman meet each other with the possibility of becoming a couple.
Awkward (adjective) – Not feeling comfortable or confident in a social situation
Perilous (adjective) – being very dangerous
Pick up (phrasal verb) – to take someone in a vehicle
Juicy (adjective) – very interesting or satisfying, sometimes scandalous or improper
Pull up (phrasal verb) – to stop a vehicle outside of somewhere
Dutifully ( adverb) – doing what is expected of you, doing your duty
Teller (noun) – someone who works in a bank, receiving and giving money to customers
Date (noun) – a person you have a date with
Sentenced (verb) – a punishment given by a court of law
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