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?
ANSWERS
  1. self-help
  2. $10 billion
  3. a
  4. trend
  5. therapeutic
  6. remain strong
  7. millennials
  8. self-critical
  9. dwindling
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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?

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SAMPLE ANSWER

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.

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