Passion for English: Life and Price

“Life will pay whatever price you ask  of it” – Tony Robbins

No doubt, life is a good payer. People may borrow things and not return but life is not that debtor. Life always pays back. The problem is what do you want life to pay for you? If you invest good things, life will pay back good things and vice versa. What you get from life is what you pay it. 


IELTS Practice Test: Listening Section 2

Listening Section
Section 2

Questions 1 and 2

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.
1 How far away is the nearest big town to Greenville?
A 10 kilometres
B 25 kilometres
C 500 kilometres

2 Which service came to the town recently?
A fire service
B medical service
C weather station
Questions 3 – 10
Complete the notes below.
Volunteer Storm Spotters
·         Need to 3 __________.  the weather station as soon as the storm has passed
·         Fill in a 4__________.  
·         Attach extracts from 5__________.  
What to report:
·         Hail which measures 6 __________.  across or larger
·         Wind damages e.g. 7__________.   that have been brought down.
·         Flooding caused by heavy rainfall
How do I become a volunteer?
• There will be a 8 __________.  day next month
• Contact local 9__________.   if you want to attend
• Important to sign up before 31st 10__________________. 
Answers1 C    2B
3 contact / call/telephone 4 report card  5 (local) (news) paper 6 two centimeters/ 2cm
7 large/big trees  8 training  9 police  10 October

IELTS Practice Test: Listening Test Section 1

IELTS Listening Test
Section – 1

Questions 1-3
Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.

Which sport is the woman interested in?

A gymnastics
B swimming  
C tennis

1 How long is the heated pool?
A 15 metres    
B 25 metres   
C 50 metres
2 Which of these is free for all members?
A the beginners swimming class
B the training session
C the keep-fit class
Questions 4-10
Complete the notes below.

Yoga classes
• held on Monday  4 ____and ___mornings
• weekend evenings from 5 ____to  _____
• attend 6 _____per week
• see instructor to change 7 ___________ .
• cost £1.50
Meet John 8  ___________________
Office located on firs  floor
Meet at 9 ______________ tomorrow
Tel: 10 ________________.

Look at the following extracts from the conversation and underline the tenses that the speakers used.
1.       I’m wanting/want to do some sports activities.
2.      Our tennis team are always looking/always look for new people.
3.      Are members having to /Do members have to pay to use the pools?
4.      We’re not actually allowing/don’t actually allow anyone to book the swimming lanes or the gym equipment.
5.      What time is suiting / suits you?
6.      Great, well, I’m thinking / think that’s everything.
         Questions 1-3: multiple choice
         1 A   2 A  3 C
        Questions 4-10: notes completion
        4 Tuesday; Friday   
          5 6.00/six (pm); 7.30/seven thirty  7 levels/classes 8 Doherty   9 11:00/ eleven (am)   10 0117965478  

IELTS Practice Tests: Academic Listening Section 3

Academic Listening
Questions 1-3
Complete the sentences. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
1 Solar towers create energy from moving__________.
2 The first ever recorded use of this type of energy was in the__________.
3 The location of the first solar tower was__________.

Questions 4-8
Complete the flowchart. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.
Solar tower flowchart
Towers are built using extra strong 4____________. At the bottom they have a sunlight collector made of 5 ____________
spread over a large area of ground.
The sunlight collector warms the air beneath it and operates in a similar way to a 6__________________________.
The air 7 __________.through the tower causing the turbines to turn.
The turbines create
8 _____________megawatts of electricity.

Questions 9 – 10

Circle TWO letters A-E.
What are TWO disadvantages of solar towers?

A they are too expensive to run
B heat escapes from the solar collector
C they require a great deal of land
D they cannot produce electricity at night
E they need to be able to withstand high winds

Answers: 1 (columns of) (hot) air
2 seventeenth/17th century  3 Spain  9 and 10 B, E in any order

IELTS Practice Tests: Listening Section 4

IELTS Listening
Section – 4

Questions 1-2
Choose the correct letter A, B or C.
1 Health club membership in Europe
A has reached 36 million.
B has declined in recent years.
C has followed a similar trend to America.
2 If people today ate the same amount as their parents did
A they would gain weight.
B they would have more energy.
C they would feel healthier.
Questions 3-4
Choose TWO letters A-E.
According to the speaker which TWO factors have contributed to the change in our fitness levels?
A availability of better food
B different working conditions
C labour-saving devices
D changes in healthcare
E diets which do not work
Question 5
Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.
5 Which of the following machines has been available for less than ten years? 

                 A                                               B                                                 C

Questions 6 – 10 

Which exercise method do the following statements apply to?
A using an elliptical trainer
B running on the road
C using a treadmill
Write the correct letter A, B, or C next to Questions 6-10 below.
6 The impact on the body is more than twice your own body weight.
7 The impact on the body is almost the same as your own body weight. S It has the same impact on the body as walking does.
9 It is the best method for losing weight at speeds over 14 kph. 10 It has the highest impact on the joints.

Answers:  1 C    2A    3 B    4 C    5 B  6 C    7A    8 A    9B    10 B

IELTS Practice Test: Listening Section 4

IELTS Listening
Section – 4
Questions 1-10
Complete the summary below.
Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer. 

The history of soap
In ancient times soap was used to clean 1 __________. Soap was not seen as a means of  personal hygiene until 2 _________times. Ancient people had little technology but many 3 were probably able to discover soap by chance. Soap was probably only used in 4 __________.societies. There is no evidence that tribespeople at the time of the British 5 __________. used soap. The history of soap has mostly been discovered from 6 __________.The earliest known use  of soap in 2500 Be was to wash 7 __________.The Egyptians made soap by mixing salts with oil taken from 8__________. The Romans saw washing themselves as a social activity.  They removed dirt using steam and a 9 __________.When Pompeii was excavated, they  discovered a 10 __________for making soap.

Answers1 clothing   2 modern   3 practical skills
4 wealthy   5 Iron Age   6 written texts   7 wool
8 vegetables   9 metal blade   10 soap factory