Knowing how many different voices you are going to hear will help you prepare before you listen to the text. There is sometimes information in the question which will give you an idea of who is speaking, and you can start to imagine the scenario.
  • How many speakers are there? Look at the instructions. Is it a dialogue? A monologue?
  • Is it an interview? If so, the interviewer's questions may be the same as your questions. This will help you listen for the answer.


You might hear many different speakers in an exam.  Do you find any accents difficult?  Do you find men or women easier to understand when listening to spoken English?


Ilehana's picture
Ilehana 23 July, 2013 - 21:24

mmmm both have the same grade of difficulty , for example, in my school we practice with American English, but I understand better with British English.

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MALINE 9 June, 2013 - 00:45

Accents are very hard to understand specially when the speaker talks really fast.I understand men´s accent better maybe because of the tone,I just really don´t know why.

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Nadine Mansour 5 August, 2012 - 04:04

well it depends on the accent they use , i mean some accent my seem not clear or maybe fast more than the men and women part

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Jonathan - Coor... 5 August, 2012 - 10:43

That's a good point, Nadine. It's important to practice listening to different kinds of accents. I really like the London accent - but some people might think it's a bit fast or unclear. So, what kind of accents do you normally listen to in class?

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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