IELTS® Listening Practice 17

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Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 1: You will hear a conversation between two students and a journalist for the student newspaper who wants to ask for information about a Film Festival. First, you will have some time to look at questions 1 to 5 [20 seconds]. Now listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 5.)


A = Ali

J = Jane

I: Hello, Ali. How are you?

A: I’m fine, thanks.

I: Hi Jane. How about you?

J: Not too bad.

I: Great. Now, as I explained on the phone, I’m a journalist for the student newspaper and I’m writing an article about the Film Festival that started yesterday. I know that you’ve both been to see a couple of films already and I’d like to ask you about your experiences of the festival so far – what you thought about the films on offer, how you find the venues etc. Is that OK? 

A: Sure.

J: Yes, I’m happy to share my views.

I: Great. So Ali, I’ll start with you because I know you’ve seen a film that I’d like to see myself and I’m interested to hear what you thought of it. What did you think of ‘Dark Horse’? 

A: Hmm, well to be honest, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I found it a bit boring. I wouldn’t recommend it. I thought it was a waste of 2 hours. 

I: Oh really? Well that’s a shame. I was looking forward to seeing it. 

A: Yeah. You might have a different opinion, of course, but I was disappointed and a bit annoyed too because I bought a student discount ticket which means I can only watch one film per day so I couldn’t even see a different film later on that day.

I: Right. And which venue did you go to watch the film? 

A: It was the Roxy Cinema. It’s cold and dirty there. I didn’t like it at all.

I: That’s a shame. You didn’t have much luck, did you? And what about the discussion after the film? Did you enjoy that?

A: Yes, that was interesting. They had some good speakers and the organisers chose me to ask a question. 

I: Great. So what are you planning to see next?

A: I think ‘The King’. It’s the sequel to ‘The Prince’ that was released in 2015. The only thing is that when I tried to book a ticket this morning, the website was down.

I: Right, you’d better try again later. 

A: Yes, I will. I wanted to book a ticket by phone instead, but the box office phone number wasn’t on the website. They should really update the website to include the phone number. 

I: Mmm, I agree. Thanks, Ali. That was really helpful. I’ll move on to Jane now. 

(Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you will have some time to look at questions 6 to 10 [20 seconds]. Now listen and answer questions 6 to 10.)

I: Hi Jane. I hope you are having a better experience at the Film Festival than Ali.  Which film did you see yesterday?

J: Umm, yesterday I went to see ‘Rex’. That was really good. But the day before I saw a Canadian film called ‘The Zoo’ and that was just fantastic.

I: Great. So you would recommend ‘The Zoo’?

J: Yeah, definitely. It was so funny.

I: And did you have any problems with the ticket website like Ali did?

J: Not with the website, no. I had booked an advanced group ticket that admits up to 6 people if they arrive all together. 

I: Good idea.

J: Well, not really, because in the end I could only find 3 friends who wanted to see the film, so we were only 4 people in total and the price of the ticket worked out to be quite expensive in the end. 

I: Right, I see. And what did you think of the venue?

J: Well, we went to the Film House. It’s new and comfortable. The seats were really spacious.  

I: Hmm, yes, it’s a nice cinema. And do you have any suggestions for improving the Film Festival?

J: Hmm, well, I would have liked to buy some popcorn to eat during the film but there weren’t any refreshments on sale. So I think it would be nice if they could sell refreshments. 

I: Right. Well, thank you both very much for your feedback. It will be really helpful for my article.

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