PTE Academic Listening: Re-tell Lecture Practice Part 2

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PTE Academic Listening: For “Retell Lecture” understand the theme and make notes of key points from the lecture. At least talk about the title of the topic and then add some points which you have heard. You can use the notepad to write what you hear and write them in your own words for re-tell lecture test and almost all the listening part. Practice listening and re-tell lectures questions at home as it will increase your accuracy and speed.

Also Practice: PTE Academic Listening: Re-tell Lecture Practice Part 1

PTE Academic Listening: Re-tell Lecture Practice Questions

You will hear a lecture. After listening to the lecture, in 10 seconds, please speak into the microphone and retell what you have just heard from the lecture in your own words. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.

ITEM 1:

TRANSCRIPT

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron said: “I wish to tell the United States; France believes in you. The world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history – our common history.
“To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens and committed citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the President of the United States, I want say to say that they will find in France a second homeland.
“I call on them: ‘Come here with us to work together on concrete solutions for our climate’. Our environment. I can assure you that France will not give up the fight.
“Wherever we live, wherever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make our plant great again.”

SAMPLE RESPONSE

The French president, Emmanual Macron, urged Americans dissatisfied with Trump’s “mistake” to move to France and work with them. He invited U.S. researchers to make France “a second homeland”.

ITEM 2:

TRANSCRIPT

In nearly all human populations a majority of individuals can taste the artificially synthesized chemical phenylthiocarbonide (PTC). However, the percentage varies dramatically–from as low as 60% in India to as high as 95% in Africa. That this polymorphism is observed in non-human primates as well indicates a long evolutionary history which, although obviously not acting on PTC, might reflect evolutionary selection for taste discrimination of other, more significant bitter substances, such as certain toxic plants.

A somewhat more puzzling human polymorphism is the genetic variability in earwax, or cerumen, which is observed in two varieties. Among European populations 90% of individuals have a sticky yellow variety rather than a dry, gray one, whereas in northern China these numbers are approximately the reverse. Perhaps like PTC variability, cerumen variability is an incidental expression of something more adaptively significant. Indeed, the observed relationship between cerumen and odorous bodily secretions, to which non-human primates and, to a lesser extent humans, pay attention suggests that during the course of human evolution genes affecting body secretions, including cerumen, came under selective influence.

SAMPLE RESPONSE

Human populations vary considerably in their ability to discern bitterness in taste. Some human polymorphisms might be explained as vestigial evidence of evolutionary adaptations that still serve vital purposes in other primates.

ITEM 3:

TRANSCRIPT

What looks, swims, and acts like a sea snake but isn’t a sea snake? The mimic octopus, of course! This really cool creature pretends to be other animals as a form of protection. Octopuses have always been known as masters of disguise, changing color to blend in with their surroundings. What makes the mimic octopus unusual is its ability to use shape as well as color to mimic other animals. This octopus makes itself look like poisonous sea creatures, including certain fish and sea snakes. Scientists think that the mimic octopus chooses which animal to imitate depending on which predator is nearby.

Many different animals use mimicry. One type of fly imitates the black and yellow stripes of a wasp. A certain caterpillar has eyespots that make it look like a snake. The mimic octopus, however, is unique. It is the only animal scientists know of that can imitate multiple species. The mimic octopus lives on the bottom of muddy rivers and eats mostly small fish and shellfish.

SAMPLE RESPONSE

The ability to imitate multiple species, and select the best disguise to frighten a particular predator, makes the mimic octopus one clever animal.

ITEM 4:

TRANSCRIPT

But man is not destined to vanish. He can be killed, but he cannot be destroyed, because his soul is deathless and his spirit is irrepressible. Therefore, though the situation seems dark in the context of the confrontation between the superpowers, the silver lining is provided by amazing phenomenon that the very nations which have spent incalculable resources and energy for the production of deadly weapons are desperately trying to find out how they might never be used. They threaten each other, intimidate each other and go to the brink, but before the total hour arrives they withdraw from the brink.

SAMPLE RESPONSE

The man has an irresistible desire to live. His soul is immortal and his will to live is strong. Superpowers that have been the cause for the production of such lethal weapons are eager not to use them.

ITEM 5:

TRANSCRIPT

The Food and Drug Administration has formulated certain severe restrictions regarding the use of antibiotics, which are used to promote the health and growth of meat animals. Though the different types of medicines mixed with the fodder of the animals kills many microorganisms, it also encourages the appearance of bacterial strains, which are resistant to anti-infective drugs. It has already been observed that penicillin and the tetracyclines are not as effective therapeutically as they once used to be. This resistance to drugs is chiefly caused due to tiny circlets of genes, called plasmids, which are transferable between different species of bacteria. These plasmids are also one of the two kinds of vehicles on which molecular biologists depend on while performing gene transplant experiments. Existing guidelines also forbid the use of plasmids, which bear genes for resistance to antibiotics, in the laboratories. Though congressional dabate goes on as to whether these restrictions need to be toughened with reference to scientists in their laboratories, almost no congressional attention is being paid to an ill advised agricultural practice, which produces deleterious effects.

SAMPLE RESPONSE

Portraying a problematic agricultural practice and its serious genetic consequences. The author is concerned with an ill-advised agricultural practice that produces serious genetic consequences.

ITEM 6:

TRANSCRIPT

In the world today we make health and end in itself. We have forgotten that health is really means to enable a person to do his work and do it well. A lot of modern medicine and this includes many patients as well as many physicians pays very little attention to health but very much attention to those who imagine that they are ill. Our great concern with health is shown by the medical columns in newspapers. The health articles in popular magazines and the popularity of television programmes and all those books on medicine. We talk about health all the time. Yet for the most part the only result is more people with imaginary illness. The healthy man should not be wasting time talking about health: he should be using health for work. The work does the work that good health possible.

SAMPLE RESPONSE

Health is only means to an end. Modern medicine is primarily concerned with people suffering from imaginary illness. A healthy man should be concerned with his work which good health makes possible.

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