IELTS Listening Exercise 17 – Synonyms and Opposites

Difficulty level: Semi Hard

Often you don’t hear the exact words given in the question. Instead, you hear a synonym, a similar word, or an opposite. For example, if the question contains the word difficult, you might hear too hard or not easy.

Try the following exercise (from Cambridge IELTS 4, page 85). The speaker explains the problems involved with 4 different school science experiments.

Listen and choose the correct problem for the 4 experiments.

Synonyms and Opposites

A) too messy
B) too boring
C) too difficult
D) too much equipment
E) too long
F) too easy
G) too noisy
H) too dangerous

Experiment 1: _______________
Experiment 2: _______________
Experiment 3: _______________
Experiment 4: _______________

Practice IELTS listening exercises more and more to improve your listening skills. On the real test, you will hear the recording only once and listening questions get increasingly difficult.

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Practising different types of listening questions separately will help you to develop yourself with specific techniques for that kind of questions in the IELTS listening test.

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