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PTE listening-summarize spoken text practice exercise 8

PTE summarize spoken text template.You may get 2-3 summarize spoken text in the exam.You will hear a short lecture.Write a summary of the lecture using 50-70 words.You will have 10 minutes to finish the task.written transcript of audio is provided for practice purpose.


Transcript (for practice purpose only, will not be provided in real exam)

For centuries, ideas about language origin have frothed up like soap bubbles, then burst into nothing. Over 2000 years ago, the Egyptian king Psamnietichus, reportedly gave instructions for two new-born children to be brought up in total isolation: to his disappointment, their earliest word was bekos, the Phrygian word for bread. The king reluctantly concluded that the Phrygians predated the Egyptians. But according to John Webb, a 17th-century writer, Chinese was possibly the original language of humankind. Happily, it was spoken by Noah and his family in the Ark, he assumed, and so survived the flood. In the mid-nineteenth century, Abbot O’Donnelly, a Frenchman, claimed a ‘new and prodigious discovery of the original universal language’ supposedly found on an Egyptian obelisk. His translation, he boasted, ‘was sufficient to open the eyes of a mole’. But no one listened, he lamented, with his ‘words and results being blown away by the wind’.

As one weird idea after another bubbled up, language origin was regarded as a playground for cranks, and the topic was banned in 1866 by the Linguistic Society of Paris, the most prominent linguistic association of the time. And disapproval continued: ‘The greater part of what is said and written upon it is mere windy talk’, said the linguist William Dwight Whitney in 1893. The origin of the language web has become a serious field of enquiry only in the last ten years or so, and will be the topic of today’s lecture.

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Almost everyone experiences headaches, with their characteristic pain or throbbing sensation in the head, are an extremely common complaint, at some time or other. Occasionally, they are a symptom of an underlying disorder, but, if they occur on their own, developing gradually and clearing up with no side-effects, they are probably totally harmless, apart from the discomfort they cause. Probably the commonest form of headache is caused by tension, from the contraction of the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and scalp. The second commonest is the result of the swelling of local blood vessels. Many factors can contribute to this. These range from stress, sleeplessness, and drinking and eating too much, to noise and stuffy rooms, but, as far as tension headaches are concerned, one of the commonest causes is poor posture. The muscles of the neck become tense and sore because they have to support the considerable weight of the head in an awkward position. Another common cause is eye strain. This can be due to the simple need for glasses. If headaches persist, it is as well to go to an optician for a check-up, and to work in a good light.

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11 thoughts on “PTE listening-summarize spoken text practice exercise 8

  1. The speaker talked about language and its origin. In last ten years, a serious of discussion going on about origin of language. In 2000 years ago, Egyptian king concluded Phrygians predated the Egyptians but in 17th century, according to writer Chinese is the origin language for people. The topic origin of language was banned in 1866 by Linguistic Society of Paris.

  2. The speaker talked about headache. Headache is a common complaint. The First common reasons are tension, mussels’ discomfort, and neck pain, sleepless. Second common reason is swelling in blood vessels. The many factors involved for headache and range from stress, sleeplessness, drinking and eating too much. The main causes are poor sleeping posture and eye strain. Sleeping with good posture and wearing glass is one simple solution to avoid headache.

  3. The lecturer talks about different ideas and hypothesis regarding origin of language. Of which Egyptians might have started the language with first word being ‘eckos’. However as quoted by John Web, Chinese could be the starters as well.It is even believed that Chinese was used by Noah and his Ark during flood. Now this topic is serious field of study which the lecturer emphasizes upon.

    Headache comes with a characteristic pain like throbbing or sharp in character. This could be a symptom of brain disorders or might be totally harmless as well. Of these, commonest being tension headache, because of the contractions of muscles around head and neck due to wrong posture and those due to swellings of blood vessels. Ocasionally eye strain plays pivotal role in inducing such aches which mandates an ophthalmologist.

  4. The lecture is about the headache, which simply cause discomfort. There are many causes of headache. The main cause is tension, which is due to stress and anxiety. The other main cause is swelling of blood vessels due to contraction of muscles around head and neck and bad posture. Occasionally eye strains plays an important role in headache. To solve this problem consult with optician and also work in good light.

  5. Significantly focusing on the fact which is mentioned in this specific lecture is about language and its origin. In first, lecturer described about how Egyptian started the language and followed by Chinese in the 17th century but, no one could understand the originality of language. The french people started with language origin in 1893 but still blown away. Since ten years the language of web has become advanced.

  6. Significantly focusing on the fact which is mentioned in this specific lecture is about headache and its consequences. It denotes that headache is a common disorder and has not any side effects. In addition to put more emphasis that how headache occur then due to tension as well as swelling blood vessels by too much drinking and stress. The second denotes common poor posture which cause awkward and sometime needed glasses.

  7. The speaker talks about the ideas about language origin which have been frothed up for centuries. An Egyptian king did some experiment with two newborn kids by growing them in isolation which ended in disappointment. In the 17th century, a researcher thought that Chinese could be the origin of languages.

  8. The speaker speaks about the headaches. Headaches are possible due to sleeplessness, tension, neck muscle strain, eye strain. Some headaches will develop gradually and result in some serious issue. Chronical eye strain headaches can be treated by visiting an optician for an eye test or start working in a good light.

  9. 2. The speaker gives information about the main causes of headache which there is a throbbing sensations in any parts of our head. Sometimes the underlying reasons why we are having headaches is totally harmless and can be easily corrected. The reasons why people are experiencing headaches is because of tensions, sleeplessness and especially poor posture that causing the blood vessels not to flow regularly to every parts of the body.

  10. 2.The lecture is mainly about headache and its causes. Headache is common in many people and it is usually harmless. The main cause of headache is tension, contraction of muscles and neck, contraction of blood vessel and common one is due to eye strain. For eye strain people should go to an optician and get glasses and more over work in good light.

  11. The speaker was discussing about the origin of language. Firstly, he mentioned for centuries there was a constant debate on universal language. Then he discussed, Chinese scholar claimed Chinese is possibly the origin language of humankind and it was spoken by Noah and their descendants. Furthermore, in 1886 this topic was banned in Paris. Finally, he described the origin of language web has become a serious field since last 10 year.

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