The context is the situation of the listening text. So this will give you a lot of extra information to help you in the test. The more you know about the situation, the easier it is to help you imagine the scene.

  • The context can help you think about what the speakers are saying. What do you know about the context?
  • If you hear a word you don't know, think about how it might relate to the context.
  • If you are not sure about an answer, use your common sense. What makes sense in the context?
  • Where are the speakers? Does the background noise give you any extra information?

There are many different contexts you might hear.  Sometimes the speakers may be in a 'shop' or in an 'airport'.  Tell us which contexts were used in your listening exams.

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