If you’re getting ready for the IELTS exam and you need IELTS Listening practice exam – or if you just want to practice some really interesting general and business English – then you’ve come to the right place!

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We’re going to listen to a typical day in the life of Harold Crick, the main character of a movie called Stranger Than Fiction.
It will be quite difficult and you’ll need to know about the following English language points:

  • expressing numbers in English
  • the principles of IELTS Listening

The importance of numbers

In general and business English – and of course in an English exam – one of the most important things you need to understand is numbers.
For example, in day-to-day English, you might reserve a hotel room, go shopping or discuss money with somebody. Understanding small and big numbers is essential in these situations, and it’s important to be  able to express them too.

Click here for our Quick English guide to pronouncing some difficult numbers in English.

When dealing with Business English conversations, knowing about numbers makes it easier to understand others, and to express yourself. Learning and practicing numbers in English is probably the most important skill for professionals in banking, finance, engineering and other fields. (We also write numbers in English quite differently to other cultures.)

Click here for our Quick English guide to writing and pronouncing large numbers in English.

These skills are important for IELTS Listening practice, especially Part 1 of the exam – but they’re also very useful for other kinds of English.

What’s in IELTS Listening?

There is an “art” to doing the IELTS exam. Each Listening test is more or less the same, and succeeding in an IELTS Listening exam comes when you know what to expect. For IELTS students, t’s good to check out our quick introduction to IELTS Listening. This also features a practice test, which is longer and more serious than today’s practice. Why not try both?

IELTS Listening practice – Part 1

Ready to begin? You’ll see the video below. Watch the video featured and fill in the gaps with no more than 3 words and/or a number. Good luck, and remember to go to the last page at the end of the quiz to get your score and find out what happens to Harold Crick!


Watch the video featured and fill in the gaps with no more than 3 words and/or a number.