IELTS Listening Sample Questions # The Talk

We all as humans communicate and express our emotions. There are, however, different ways in which we humans express our emotions. Some people prefer having a quiet talk where they politely talk about their problems or their happy moments. There are then few others who prefer yelling or shouting before they actually tell the things bothering them. Each group of people can have different perspectives on the other one. This time we are going to listen to a BBC learning 6 minute English audio on the different ways people interact.

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

  1. Which phrase is said to someone you have argued with but still would like to be their friends?
  2. In which country does shaking your hand means yes?
  3. Which term means that you have done something embarrassing in a social situation?
  4. What phrase means that you have made someone angry or upset?
  5. What does waving arms to express your feeling called?
  6. If a person shows what he feels or thinks, what do we call him or her?
ANSWERS
  1. no hard feelings
  2. Bulgaria
  3. faux pas
  4. to offend
  5. gesticulating
  6. expressive
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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Clothing

Humans started clothing around 1745000 years back. Before that, it is believed that humans moved about naked. The first kinds of clothing were the leaves and the flesh of the animals worn by humans to protect them from the wrath of nature. We have now grown years and our creativity has expanded multifold in terms of clothing. One can now see, people wearing different types of clothes, colors and often even fuss about the brand. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about clothing.

Talk about a piece of clothing that you received as a gift recently.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • when you received it
  • who gave it to you

and explain if this gift was important to you.

SAMPLE ANSWER

I am a bookworm so clothes are rarely the items that I do prefer for gifts. However, recently on my 22nd birthday, my parents gifted me one of the best clothes present in my wardrobe currently. For a very long time, I had been longing for a leather jacket and my parents knew about it. However, for certain other responsibilities, it was always out of the budget to be able to buy one.

But on my birthday, my father asked me to go and get ready for a tour of a nearby town and asked me to wear a jacket as it will be cold outside. Initially, I was puzzled about his specificness on the jacket, but I went straight to my room only to be amazed and surprised by the jacket hanging outside my wardrobe. It was a black jacket with the rider look. Next to it was a traveler bag and there was nothing more I could have asked for. I dressed up and hugged my parents for the gift.

It was an extraordinary gift for me simply because it was something my parents gifted me. My brother later told me that they had spent weeks deciding on the clothes that I can have and finally after a lot of discussions decided to go for it. Looking back at it, I still cherish the gift and the moments we spent together. Later when I decided to become a traveler, the jacket was the first thing I had to motivate me to follow my dream.

Vocabulary

bookworm – a person who enjoys reading

wardrobe – a large, tall cupboard in which clothes may be hung or stored.

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IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Recent Shop

Living in cities or towns, we often see many shops opening up nearby. Gone are the days when there was only one shop and the entire clan was dependant on it. We now notice the opening of multinational brands and the coming of Malls in countries worldwide. The world has now truly become a global village. This time, we are looking at an IELTS cue card that talks about a recent shop that opened up in your city or town.

Describe a shop that recently opened in your city/country.

You should say:
  • what its name is
  • where it is
  • who the typical customers are

and say if you have bought anything from the shop. Why/Why not?

SAMPLE ANSWER

I presently reside in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is a beautiful city and has recently become one of the cities aimed at making a modern city. This decision has led to many changes happening in my town. We saw the coming of Ola and Uber and then several constructions, like flyovers etc. But, along with it, there has been an upsurge in the number of shops in my town.

One recent shop that opened up in the center of the town and fascinated a lot of crowds is the “The Baby Shop”. It has a three-storeyed building with an amazing infrastructure and is the first shop in our city to be open 24 * 7. It is a great shop for babies with a wide range of items available necessary for babies until 10 years of age. Right from, cradle to clothes, play pen and including toys like a fighter plane etc.

Besides children, parents expecting a child or the ones with children below 10 years often visit the place. What is more beautiful and satisfying about the shop is the easy accessibility of items and a very kind staff. It was only a few weeks back that I had to visit the shop for getting a gift for my nephew. My nephew loves clothes and toys and I bought them from “The Baby Shop” at very reasonable prices. I still remember the smile she gave me.

Vocabulary

cradle – small bed for a baby

playpen – a portable usually collapsible enclosure in which a baby or young child may play

upsurge – a rapid or sudden rise

reasonable – fair and sensible

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IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Social Media

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes learning English.

You can download the audio from the below link –

Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS
  1.  Which word describes a situation where you’re talking to someone and they suddenly look down at their phone or answer it?
  2. What is the word used to describe the rules of polite behavior in society?
  3. What are the rules of behavior considered acceptable in a group or society?
  4. Which phrase is used to describe that you are doing something deliberately in order to annoy someone?
  5. What word defines that you are engaged with someone emotionally?
  6. What is the engagement with each other called?
  7. The synonym of closeness, is?
  8. What is the act of deliberately ignoring someone you know called?
  9. What is the synonym of portmanteau?
  10. Which word is used to describe the word that are made by joining two existing words?

ANSWERS

  1. phubbing
  2. etiquette
  3. social norms
  4. wind someone up
  5. connection
  6. interaction
  7. intimacy
  8. snub
  9. blends
  10. blends or portmanteau
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