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Quick Write 100411 “Piles of hair, my hair!”

What I like about the TOEFL ITP test is its funny conversations that never appear on the TOEIC test items. When I took the TOEFL ITP with my students on campus last December, I was very much attracted by the dialogues in Section 1 (Listening Comprehension) Part A and Part B, and enjoyed listening to “quasi-real-life” conversations while solving the problems. A dialogue from Part B that we listened to in today’s class could be a good item to showcase the funniness, so I’d like to reproduce it for you.

Woman: So, you got your hair cut, but you didn’t get the haircut that you wanted?
Man: This is not even close to the haircut that I wanted. I asked to have hair trimmed just a little bit, and the hairstylists went to town (= cut too much). When I looked down at the floor, there were PILES OF HAIR, MY HAIR, on the floor. I can’t believe it!

Hey, man. What the hell are you making a fuss about? It’s just HAIR, right? The narrator who plays Man is acting so well that I had hard time suppressing my laugh at this sissy guy while listening to the audio with the students. I do know how you’d feel when you hate the haircut you’ve just had, but it’ll grow anyway, right? And Man goes on like:

Woman: Well, at least your hair will grow back soon.
Man: That’s what everyone is saying to me, “It’ll grow back, it’ll grow back.” But it won’t grow fast enough to make me happy.

Okay, okay, I’ve had enough. Now I totally understand that your self-esteem and self-consciousness which is as high as Mt. Everest makes you keep complaining. Then I started feeling sorry for the lady who tries to make him feel better all the way. That’s so funny a conversation, and even a good entertainment for supposedly boring EPT prep book items. The students started chanting “It’ll grow back, it’ll grow back.” jokingly after the listening practice (I love you guys!) Well done, Longman TOEFL Red Book. Keep us amused.

(25 minutes / 349 words)

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