Listening Practice 1-5

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In this video producer David Binder is talking about an event he saw at the Sydney Festival. Read the questions, then listen to the first 90 seconds of the video and complete these sentences with the exact word/s that you hear.

  1. In the lobby there was a brochure with information about a show called Minto ____________.
  2. Minto is about one hour ____________ of Sydney.
  3. The speaker visited the show in Minto on a ____________ afternoon.
  4. In the show the ____________ wandered from one house to the next.
  5. The residents were also performing. They emerged from their ____________.
  6. Residents came out onto their lawns and performed ____________ for the audience.

Check your answers (in the wrong order below). If you missed an answer, listen again. See if you can hear it.
3. Friday   5. houses   1. Live     6. dances     2. southwest    4. audience

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There are thousands of TED talks available on the internet and they are a great source for listening. Listen and later write down the 4 main ideas you remember.

Here’s a TED talk for which I’ve written 5 questions. Listen and answer.
Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk


Fill the gaps with the word/s you hear. (TIP – You must use the exact word you hear, not a synonym.)

  1. People __________ for 9.3 hours a day.
  2. Physical inactivity can lead to __________ cancer and colon cancer.
  3. The speaker’s first walking meeting involved another person and their __________.
  4. The speaker walks __________ miles per week in her meetings.
  5. Fresh air leads to __________.

Check your answers below. If you missed an answer, listen again. See if you can hear it.
5. fresh thinking    2. breast    3. dog/dogs   1. sit    4. 20 to 30

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There are several question types in the Listening Test. You MUST read the instructions carefully. If the instructions say NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER, and you write three words, you will lose the mark for that question. So always take care and understand the questions.

There are 40 questions in the real test and there are several different kinds of questions. In this short listening exercise you need to COMPLETE the SENTENCES.

  1. Sometimes the questions will use almost the same words as the listening text, but other times the questions will use synonyms. So you need to listen for key ideas, not just key words.
  2. Your answer must be the exact word you hear – NOT a synonym.
  3. Each question is worth one mark.
  4. Your spelling must be correct. If it is incorrect, you will lose the mark.
  5. The questions will be in the same order as the listening text. So first you will hear the answer to question one. The answer for question two will come after that. The answer for question three will come next and so on.
  6. Two words and/or a number means exactly that. So a possible answer could be ’20 white computers.’

Listen and answer the questions below using NO MORE THAN ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER.

  1. Red-eyed tree frogs are __________ reptiles to keep in a terrarium.
  2. They are quite delicate so your skills need to be at an __________ level.
  3. They are not the __________ things to keep.
  4. The natural habitat for these frogs is the __________ forest.
  5. Their natural habitat is humid and in fact you need to keep the frog __________ for six months of the year.
  6. The frog could die with just a couple of days of incorrect __________.

When you check your answers make sure that the spelling is correct and make sure that you have the correct word. If you have a synonym, your answer is wrong. So to get 6/6 you must have the answers exactly right. 1. beautiful, 2. advanced, 3. easiest, 4. rain, 5. wet, 6. humidity. So, did you get the right word with the right spelling? If not, listen again.

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Did you know that language is constantly changing? When I was a young girl I learnt German in Australia. But the German I learnt was out-of-date because the people who taught me German had not lived in Germany for many decades. So when I go to Germany now, my vocab and even my pronunciation is like something from the past!
The link below is from an interesting TED talk. The speaker is encouraging us to make up new words in English. William Shakespeare made up many, many words in English. We still use them today ( eg. accused, addiction, blanket, blood-stained, blushing, bump … And they are just the words beginning with A and B!). New words are always coming into the language.
Practice your listening with this TED talk. Listen and answer the questions below.


1. A lexicographer’s job is to put all of the words ———- into the dictionary.

2. Grammar is the unconscious rules that you ———-.

3. Natural rules of grammar ———- in your brain.

4. Brunch is a ———- word.

5. New words grab people’s ———-.

6. If you send the speaker a new word, she will put it in her ———- dictionary.

4. blend. 6. online. 1. possible 3. exist. 2. follow. 5. attention