Listening Elementary

Natural English Conversations

On this page you will find many listening exercises designed for elementary level English speakers. The listenings were made to simulate real life situations and conversations. 

The best way to use this material:

 

1) Read the questions associated with the listening exercise.

2) listen to the audio.

3) Write down your answers on a piece of paper.

4) Check your answers using the answer key provided underneath the questions. 

5) Play the listening again and follow with the tapescript provided. 

 

Elementary

LISTENING ONE At The Bakery
At the Bakery - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. How many bread rolls does the customer ask for?

2. How much is one donut? 

3. How much is the total order? 

Answers below 

Answers

1. Four

2. 30p

3. £1.80

Tapescript

Customer: Good afternoon

Assistant: Good afternoon can I help you?

C: Yes, I'd like 4 bread rolls please.

A: No problem. Here you are. Anything else?

C: Yes , How much are the donuts?

A: The donuts are 30p each.

C: Ok, I'll have two please.

A: here you are, anything else?

C: No that's all thanks. How much is that?

A: That's £1.80

C: There you are.

A: Here's your change and your receipt.

C: Thank you.

A: Bye bye.

 

Elementary

LISTENING TWO 
How was your weekend?
How was your weekend? - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Where did the man go at the weekend?

2. What did he do there? 

3. What did she do at the weekend? 

Answers below

Answers

1. Germany

2. He went to museums and drank German beers

3. She went to the cinema

Tapescript

Jess: Hi how was your weekend?

Tom: Hey, it was great. I went to Germany.

Jess: Really? Fantastic. What did you do there?

Tom: I went to many museums. And I drank traditional German beers.

Jess: That sounds great.

Tom: And you what did you do?

Jess: I went to the cinema. I saw the new Tom Hanks film.

Tom: How was it?

Jessica: Really good. It was a very interesting film.

Elementary

 
LISTENING THREE 
About Jessica
About Jessica - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Where is she from?

2. Where does she live? 

3. Who does she live with? 

4. Does she have kids?

5. Why does she like London? 

Answers below

Answers

1. Spain

2. London

3. Her husband

4. No she doesn't

5. Because there is a lot to do

Tapescript

My name's Jessica and I'm from Spain. I'm an art teacher and I live in London. I live with my husband. We don't have kids but we have two dogs. I like living in London because there is a lot to do.

Elementary

 
LISTENING FOUR
About Chris
About Chris - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. What's his job? 

2. Does he like his job?

3. What's the problem with his job? 

Answers below

Answers

1. He's an engineer

2. Yes he does

3. He works too much

Tapescript

My name's Chris and I'm an engineer. I live in Manchester. I like my job because I think it's very interesting. The only problem is I work too much.

 

Elementary

LISTENING FIVE
Interview
Interview - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Where does she live? 

2. What's her job? 

3. When is her birthday? 

4. What time does she wake up?

5. What's her favourite meal? 

Answers below​

Answers

1. Paris

2. She's a computer programmer

3. February 4th

4. 8am

5. Fish and chips

Tapescript

 

I: Where do you live?

P: Paris.

I:What do you do?

P: I'm a computer programmer

I: When's your birthday?

P: February 4th

I: Who do you live with?

P: Two friends, Jack and Mary.

I: What time do you wake up?

P: 8 am

I: What time do you go to bed?

P: 11pm

I: What's your favourite dish?

P: Fish and chips.

 

Elementary

LISTENING SIX 
Basic Conversation
Basic Conversation - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Where is Lucy from?

2. Where does she live?

3. Where does Harry live?

4. What does Harry do?

5. What does Lucy do? 

6. How old is Harry?

Answers below

Answers

1. England

2. Spain

3. France

4. He's an accountant

5. She's an engineer

6. 42

 

Elementary

LISTENING SEVEN
Talking About a Series
TalkingAbout a Series - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Does Tom have Netflix?

2. Why didn't he like Billions?

3. What series do they both like?

4. Which season do they prefer?

5. Has she finished the second season?

Answer below

Tapescript

1 - Hi Tom

2 - Hi Sarah

1 - Do you have Netflix?

2- Yes. Why?

1 - Have you seen billions?

2 - I watched one episode but I didn't like the actors. Have you seen Stranger Things?

1 - Yes I have I love it.

2 - Me too, do you prefer the first season or the second?

1 - I prefer the first.

2 - Me too! Have you finished the second season?

1. - Not yet I have one more episode to watch.

Answers

1. Yes he does.

2. He didn't like the actors. 

3. Stranger Things. 

4. They prefer the first season

5. No she hasn't.

Elementary

 
LISTENING EIGHT
Talking About a Film
Talking About a Film - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Does he like Batman Begins?

2. Why doesn't she like Batman Begins?

3. What film does she prefer?

Answers below

Answers

1. Yes he does.

2. Because it's boring, there isn't enough action. 

3. The Dark Knight. 

Tapescript

1- Hi.

2 - Hey.

1 - Did you see Batman Begins last night on TV?

2- Yes I did, did you like it?

1- Yes I love that film, I've seen it before. I think it's very interesting. And you, did you like it?

2- No I didn't, I hated it.

1- Why?

2- It's so boring. There isn't enough action.

1 - Really? I think it's so cool.

2- I prefer the Dark Knight.

 
LISTENING NINE
At Immigration
At Immigration - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. Where is she flying from?

2. How long is she staying for?

3. How much money did she bring with her? 

4. Complete the Address


____ Green _____ , Clapham, _______

5. What's the postcode?

Answers below

Answers

1. Moscow. 

2. 10 days. 

3. 1500 pounds
4. 24 Green Road, Clapham, London
5. SW3 6EJ

Tapescript

A- Next please.

 

B - Hello.

 

A -  Good afternoon. Where are you flying from?

 

B - I'm flying from Moscow.

 

A - What's the purpose of your trip?

 

B - A holiday, I want to go sightseeing around London.

 

A - How long are you staying for?

 

B - 10 days.

 

A - How much money did you bring with you?

 

B - 1500 pounds.

 

A - Where are you going to stay?

 

B - At a friend's house.

 

A - What's the address?

 

B - 24 Green Road, Clapham, London.

 

A - And the post code?

 

B - Let me just check, yes it's SW3 6EJ.

 

A - Ok welcome to the country, enjoy your stay.

 

B - Thank you.

 

Elementary

LISTENING TEN
Talking About Food
Talking About Food - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. What's his favourite dish?

2. What's her favourite dish?

3. What does she have for lunch?

4. Does he have lunch in restaurants? 

Answers

1. Seafood risotto. 

2. Fish and Chips

3. A couple of sandwiches
4. No he doesn't, he cooks. 

Tapescript

1 - Hey

 

2 - Hi

 

1 - What's your favourite dish?

 

2- Hmm, I think  it's sea food risotto, I love risotto and I love sea food. And yours?

 

1 - Fish and chips, for me nothing is better than fish and chips.

 

2 - And what do you normally have for breakfast?

 

1 - Normally a bowl of cereal.

 

2 - And for lunch?

 

1 - Usually just a couple of sandwiches.

 

2 - Really, that's not very healthy, you should have a proper lunch. And what about for dinner?

 

1 -  A ready meal, like a lasagna or something. What about you what do you have for lunch?

 

2 - Well I cook my food for the week on Sundays so it depends on what I want that week. But normally I have rice black beans and some vegetables.

 

1 - No meat?

 

2 - Not usually.

 

1 - What about your protein?

 

2 - There's protein in the beans.

 

1 - Fair enough.

 

Elementary

LISTENING ELEVEN
How Was Your Weekend 2
How Was Your Weekend 2 - Prof Emanuel Costa
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Read the questions and then play the listening.

1. What did she do at the weekend?

2. What did he do at the weekend? 

Answers

1. She stayed at home and watched TV. 

2. It was his brother's birthday, he went to his brother's house. 

Tapescript

A - Hi how was your weekend?

 

B - It was ok.

 

A - Yeah, what did you do?

 

B - I just stayed in and watched TV. And yours? How was it?

 

A - It was good.

 

B - What did you do?

 

A - It was my brother's birthday so my whole family went to his house. It was a lot of fun.

 

B - Nice.

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