IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Self-Help

We are living in the most competitive era, where it is either be the best or let it go. In this rush, people have become more stressful and often lead dramatic lives. It is only recently, that everyone is being motivated to read books and do things for their help. Some refer them to as self-help books. This time we are listening to a BBC podcast on self-help.

Listen to the audio below and answer following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS.

  1. What are the ways in which an individual improves himself or herself without seeking help called?
  2. What is the worth of self-help industry in the US alone?
  3. Which self-help book was published first? a) how to win friends and influence people b) think and grow rich c)the law of attraction
  4. What is something which is new and popular for some time called?
  5. What is something that makes you feel more relaxed called?
  6. Going strength to strength means what?
  7. What are the people born in the mid-1980s and early 2000 called?
  8. What term is used by Caroline Beaton to refer to millennials?
  9. Which word is used for something that is getting smaller and less influential?
  1. self-help
  2. $10 billion
  3. a
  4. trend
  5. therapeutic
  6. remain strong
  7. millennials
  8. self-critical
  9. dwindling

IELTS Cue Card Sample Question # Invention

Curiosity is the mother of all inventions. It is these innovations that help the human race to move forward, make changes and do things differently. For instance, the invention of electricity brought about humongous changes in the life style of human beings. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about an invention that changed the people’s life.

Describe an invention that changed human lives. You should say –

  • what is it?
  • who invented it?
  • when was it invented?

also explain, how did it change human lives?

Innovation IELTS band7


Every big invention always touches upon human lives and brings about changes. Be it, personal computers, wheels, electricity, aeroplane, the history is filled with the stories of great inventions. I would like to talk about the printing press. German Johannes Guttenberg invented it in the fifteenth century. The printing press uses a mechanised way of transferring ink to the movable type. This movable type process exponentially increases the speed of printing books.

It ultimately led to the rapid and widespread dissemination of knowledge for the first time in human history. Bible was the first book to be published using the Guttenberg printing press. It was the mass production of Bible, that actually led a lot of interpretations about it. For the first time in history, a scientist could easily convey their inventions, leading to a scientific revolution. Also, the literacy rate in adults increased leading to a more knowledgeable society in large. Students began to learn better and grasp concepts better than others.

Some people believe that it was the printing press that actually led to the industrial revolution, the rise of nationalism and much more! It actually did change the way people lived.


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Water Burial

Technology is changing and changing at a pace that no one can imagine. There are new ways being developed for solving the age old problems and sometimes new problems do create along this journey. This time we are looking at a new way of cremating people, water burial. The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English podcast.

Listen to the audio below and answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1. Which word means something that is unpleasant or without hope?
  2. On average how many people die each hour?
  3. Which term refers to a body dug into Earth?
  4. Which term refers to a burnt dead body?
  5. What is the place the body and coffin go into?
  6. Quantify the land of forest used in the US to make coffins?
  7. What is the synonym of toxins?
  8. Up to what temperature the body is heated in water burial?
  9. How many hours does water burial take?
  10. Which word means that it is easy to break?
  11. What are the artificial additions to a body called?
  1. bleak
  2. six thousand
  3. Burial
  4. cremation
  5. grave
  6. four million acres
  7. poison
  8. 150 degrees centigrade
  9. 4 hours
  10. brittle
  11. implants

IELTS Speaking Sample Answers # The Internet

The widespread use of internet has truly metamorphosed our lives. We are living in an era where people are connected like never before and learning new things in the most innovative ways no one can imagine off! With so much happening and changing in our world, because of the internet, let us today have a look at some of the questions related to the internet.

Do you use the internet much during the day?

My living depends upon the internet. Being a travel blogger, for the most part, I am either posting on my blogs or searching places to travel. Or otherwise, use the internet for handling my social media accounts. With a busload of people on the internet, it becomes quite difficult to grasp the attention of your audience. A writer knows this, so the basic step is writing a good piece of article and then making sure it gets publicized and reaches out to a larger and more connected audience. Also, the internet has a certain level of addiction I cannot resist. Mostly I am responding to the reviews and the comments. So, for me, the internet is my bread and butter.

What are some of the advantages of the internet?

The Internet offers a varied range of benefits to its users. The best I can think off is free communication to far off people. Gone are the days when one had to pay good money for making ISD calls. The world is connected and is connected at a far cheaper price than one can think off! In a globalised way, the world surely has shrunken down with the best from everywhere available on the Internet. From online education to transactions, life is happening at the click of a button.


Do people in your country use the internet a lot?

Smart phones have immensely increased the use of the internet. With the world being accessible on a click, people are glued up to their smart phones. People in my country are using the internet for almost everything, right from education, online transactions, communication and so much more. Even the elderly people are learning to use it for conversing with their kids. It is a common sight for the older generation of our country to sit down together and talk about WhatsApp chats. The younger gen has grown up with it, so for them, it is just a part of their lives, like electricity.

Do you do any shopping on the internet?

Shopping on the internet is one thing I do not prefer much but the availability of great discounts do make me go back. For items like electronics and bags, I have come to prefer online shopping as compared to going to market as the product quality can be easily checked and there are a lot of offers available while shopping online. But, for clothes, I still prefer the traditional way of shopping where I can try on the clothes.


Who do you usually communicate with?

Communication has a lot of channels in the present times. On email, most of the times the people I communicate with are either my managers or for the best part, the people who like my blog and comment and give suggestions. Also, I interact with my official clients via official emails. But, for the personal preferences, I use WhatsApp or messenger for communicating with my friends and family.

How often do you check your email?

Probably, once in every two hours. There are a lot of things happening in the world and emails are one way of getting connected with all of them so it is important. Apart from the Gmail account, I have my office account wherein I get the emails related to work. This account I usually check thrice a day, at the start of work and then probably midway and finally before leaving.

Do you think writing emails has strengthened or weakened people’s writing skills?

I would say, it has strengthened people’s writing skills. There is a conscious effort that people put in writing as the email gets stored and can be used as proof, they make sure that the language was written properly. It has resulted in improved formal writing skills. But, I would agree to a certain extent that too much of formal writing has killed the creativity in individuals.

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