PTE Speaking with Audio: Read Aloud – Sick Building Syndrome.


Question: Read this text aloud as naturally and as clearly as possible.

Individually, the symptoms barely seemed worth mentioning. A runny nose here, a rash there. It could have been allergies or a lingering cold. Until one person started complaining, then another. Many felt a little dizzy. It had been going on for months.

“Sick building syndrome” floated uneasily into America’s late-1970s news cycle. The Environmental Protection Agency would later define it as a “situation in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.” No one even knew whether it was a real illness. But a couple things were clear: It was occurring in newer office buildings, among mostly women.

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