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Tuesday, April 30, 2013


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yah simon u have talked good matter....it doesnt have any tenquis to increase ielts listening...do listen more english words

Hi Simon,
I absolutely agree with you! Except of TED have you other TV shows (or something else) to recommend us in order to improve our listening scores?

hello simon
I just knew your website yesterday.
There are numrous useful advises and lessons.
but my question is :
whether I should follow your updated or just start from your first articles?

I am quiet confused about it .

Hello CD,
LBC radio, TED, BBC iPlayer, movies (american or british -doesn't matter), native speakers or students (advanced level)

I think another problem, or common mistakes would be spelling, I mean in CB book 5 test 4 section 2 question 11, I could hear the answer as "clubhouse" then still ending up writing "club house" for the answer.

It was just so frustrating! And I just wanted to punch myself for it! Should I use "-" between the words I do not know for sure they are one word or individual words? For example, writing "club-house" as my answer?

The same mistake applied for question 19 in the same practice test. The answer should be "send (out) newletters" but I wrote "send (out) letters" I omitted the word "new" because I thought it was a separate word and it says "NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS"

What should I do about this? English spelling is indeed a nightmare. However, I also think that may be my listening skill is not good enough to tell the differences and avoid these mistakes. Please help me Simon.

I fully agree with you , Simon. Listening skill is just a matter of training your ears and sometimes it can take long time to make improvements, depending on your basic English level. Anyway, there are some specific tasks which I am practicing to: listening to names' spelling word by word, dates and numbers.

Many underestimate how YouTube can help improve your listening skills, but the fact is that you can find lots of good quality videos by typing keywords. For example, last night I found a full documentary named "Geology - Earth story"; yea, I know it is quite boring to sit and watch such thing for 1 or 2 hours, but the truth is that students can learn a lot from the language used by the English narrator and be able to expand their knowledge on the topic.

Documentaries by the National Geographic or the History Channel often hire narrators who speak/read at a normal speed and have very clear pronunciation. This is useful especially for those who still don't have a "good ear".


LOL~It seems that there is not short cut to have higher score in listening,the only thing we can do is to keep practicing!

Thank you Martin for valuable advise

Thank you Makhabbat! :)

I just got my results! Simon, I'm so thankful!!!
I need only 6, but I got 7 overall! And it's all because of you! Thank you so much once again! <3

Hi Simon

Should a person write listening answers in Capital letters or small letters

I totally agree with Martin's advice! YouTube and similar video sites have been a revolution in language learning!


Congratulations Dominika!


I'll address the "club house / clubhouse" problem in a lessons soon!


They don't care whether you use capital letter correctly in the listening test Satish.

Agree with Simon there are no special tips or strategies for scoreing high in Listening.
I use to find it hard to get on track after missing a question in the middle. So tried the following tips, may it might help you to be on track through out the section,
1. At least try to read the questions first if not the answers. That way you know what you are looking for while listening.
2. Listen to the tape completely and carefully, even if you miss something don't worry about keep listening. Try to understand the conversation, so that you can always guess those missed questions.
3. There are few (2-5) seconds where you can afford the focus on questions (usually at the end of questions sets). But I recommend this for advance type of training only. Don't try this if you are finding it hard.

good evening Simon. i'd like to ask some questions about listening tests.

Hi Simon & guys,

I have a trouble with the listening test when we need to write down the date.
The answers in Cambridge book are vary.

18th April
18 April
April 18th

I just so confused how to translate it right.

Anyone has the answer?

in the book called "Achieve Ielts" i wrote an answer"transport secretary" but when I looked at the answer key "transport secretary" was written in capital letters like this "Transport Secretary", so my answer is regarded as a wrong?

I must pitch in: Simon said a few comments above mine that "They don't care whether you use capital letter correctly in the listening test Satish."

I've seen in other comments and tests stuff like you just mentioned, with answers being required in such a manner. A bit tricky if you ask me.

A question for band 9: How is one supposed to 'hear' the capital letters (aka "Transport Secretary") in a listening test? Are we supposed to make an educated guess?

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