IELTS® Listening Practice 2

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Questions 11-20
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Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

There are many types of guitar: acoustic, electric, twelve-string, steel and  

They vary in price and  

Prices range from to  

Electric guitars are used for  

Steel guitars are played by  

Twelve string guitars support the  

Acoustic guitars are always popular with and the price is and very popular with

 
This listening practice simulates the second section of the IELTS Listening test. Listen to the audio and answer questions 11-20.

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    (Section 2: You will hear a radio presenter talking about buying a bicycle in a radio program. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 20 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 20.)

    Radio presenter:

    Hello and welcome to the show. Yesterday we discussed buying a bicycle and today I’d like to talk to you about buying a guitar. It may seem like a simple task but, believe me, there are many things you need to know before you make a purchase to get the best deal for your money.

    Well, the range of guitars available is huge — there are acoustic guitars, electric guitars, twelve-string guitars, steel guitars and bass guitars – plus many others that we don’t have time to discuss today. Guitars vary hugely in two basic ways: price and quality. This means that the guitar you choose will probably depend on how much money you have to spend, your own personal needs, what is actually available in the shops or online, or a mix of all three of those things.

    Generally speaking, most people spend between $50 and $2,000 on a guitar so you’ll need to know what you are looking for.

    First, let’s look at electric guitars - that is, guitars that are plugged into amplifiers. These guitars are slim and worn close to the neck so less force is needed to press down on the stings. They can be very noisy so are best used for public performances such as concerts and shows.

    Next, we have steel guitars. These guitars originate in Hawaii and are unusual because they are worn horizontally across the player’s lap. These are quite specialist instruments and are usually played by more experienced musicians.

    Twelve-string guitars, as the name suggests, have 12 strings – 6 regular strings and 6 thinner ones. They are usually used as rhythm instruments and support the lead guitar.

    Finally, we come to the acoustic guitar. These are always a popular choice with beginners because the prices of basic acoustic guitars are quite low – you can buy a brand new guitar of this type very cheaply. They are suitable for ensemble playing – that is, playing in groups, and are also very popular with songwriters.

    Well, that’s all from Helpful Hints for today. Good luck with your guitar purchase, and I hope you find an instrument that suits you needs and your wallet …

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Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 2: You will hear a radio presenter talking about buying a bicycle in a radio program. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 20 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 20.)

Radio presenter:

Hello and welcome to the show. Yesterday we discussed buying a bicycle and today I’d like to talk to you about buying a guitar. It may seem like a simple task but, believe me, there are many things you need to know before you make a purchase to get the best deal for your money.

Well, the range of guitars available is huge — there are acoustic guitars, electric guitars, twelve-string guitars, steel guitars and bass guitars – plus many others that we don’t have time to discuss today. Guitars vary hugely in two basic ways: price and quality. This means that the guitar you choose will probably depend on how much money you have to spend, your own personal needs, what is actually available in the shops or online, or a mix of all three of those things.

Generally speaking, most people spend between $50 and $2,000 on a guitar so you’ll need to know what you are looking for.

First, let’s look at electric guitars - that is, guitars that are plugged into amplifiers. These guitars are slim and worn close to the neck so less force is needed to press down on the stings. They can be very noisy so are best used for public performances such as concerts and shows.

Next, we have steel guitars. These guitars originate in Hawaii and are unusual because they are worn horizontally across the player’s lap. These are quite specialist instruments and are usually played by more experienced musicians.

Twelve-string guitars, as the name suggests, have 12 strings – 6 regular strings and 6 thinner ones. They are usually used as rhythm instruments and support the lead guitar.

Finally, we come to the acoustic guitar. These are always a popular choice with beginners because the prices of basic acoustic guitars are quite low – you can buy a brand new guitar of this type very cheaply. They are suitable for ensemble playing – that is, playing in groups, and are also very popular with songwriters.

Well, that’s all from Helpful Hints for today. Good luck with your guitar purchase, and I hope you find an instrument that suits you needs and your wallet …

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