HomeListening Sub-skills Practice for Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency (1)

TASK 1

Multiple-choice tasks often test your understanding of figurative language. Read the sentences below, and choose the option that has the same meaning.

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TASK 2

You will often have to decide if two people talking agree or disagree with each other. Choose whether the expressions below show agreement, partial agreement or disagreement.

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TASK 3

In the Listening paper, you often need to listen to the whole dialogue carefully to understand if the people agree or disagree with each other. Listen to four dialogues below and decide whether the people agree or disagree with each other. Choose Yes or No.

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Diaglogue 1

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Man

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It was certainly very thorough, wasn’t it? The guide covered a lot of ground and he really knew what he was talking about. I think you can’t fault him on content, but the tone was all wrong. I couldn’t help feeling the guide was talking down to them a bit. The students know far more than he seemed to think they did!

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Woman

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I could sense that some of the group weren’t really concentrating after the first five minutes. I think they just decided that the whole thing wasn’t going to be worthwhile and switched off. The group that went round the town just before us were quite a bit younger, and I think the guide just hadn’t got the flexibility to change his style when we showed up with much older teenagers.

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Both speakers agree that the guide’s tour was not right for their students. The man says that the guide was talking down to the students, meaning that he was addressing the students in a way that was too young for them. The woman says The group that went round the town just before us were quite a bit younger, and I think the guide just hadn’t got the flexibility to change his style.

Diaglogue 2

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Woman

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Well, considering what all the guide books said about this place, I thought that was a bit of a disappointment in the end. We must have seen everything that’s worth seeing in two hours flat! I suppose it had a nice atmosphere, especially in the streets around the cathedral, but the architecture was nothing special. It was quite similar to all the other towns we’ve visited so far. It had nothing particularly distinctive.

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Man

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Perhaps we went round the main sights in a bit of a rush because we wanted an early lunch, and so we may have missed one or two tourist attractions. But you know, there was a fair bit of unusual architectural detail which you wouldn’t find in the rest of the region. Yes, it’s quite a small historic centre, but size is not everything and the town makes up for that with the quality of those monuments near the cathedral.

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The speakers disagree about whether the town’s architecture is interesting or not. The woman says that the town was a bit of a disappointment and adds that the architecture was nothing special. However, the man says there was a fair bit of unusual architectural detail which you wouldn’t find in the rest of the region. He adds it’s quite a small historic centre, but … the town makes up for that with the quality of those monuments near the cathedral.

Diaglogue 3

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Man

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Well, we could’ve stayed there for the rest of the day! The place is vast. I thought it wasn’t organized that well though. You just wander round and round, and there don’t seem to be many signs telling you which way to go or what each section is about. It was a pity because the exhibits themselves were great.

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Woman

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It’s funny but sometimes it felt like we were in a maze. You almost started to panic and wonder how to get out! I loved the sections on ancient Greece and Egypt, but I was struggling to see what the logic was in the way things were grouped together.

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Both speakers feel that the museum was not well organized. The man says The place is vast. I thought it wasn’t organized that well … You just wander round and round, and there don’t seem to be many signs telling you which way to go or what each section is about. The woman says sometimes it felt like we were in a maze. … I was struggling to see what the logic was in the way things were grouped together.

Diaglogue 4

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Woman

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Yes, I went to the festival on Saturday – but it rained, which rather spoilt the atmosphere. Sometimes I don’t know why they bother. The whole thing isn’t as well attended as it used to be, and the people who turn up tend to be the older members of the community so the festival may not have a long-term future anyway. The food was quite good this year – that much I will admit – but all the dancing and singing was even more amateurish than usual. I felt slightly embarrassed at one point. Perhaps they just shouldn’t bother with this in the future.

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Man

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It was a shame about the weather, but I have to say that it didn’t seem to put off the locals. The organizers claimed there were more people there than last year, so perhaps tourists helped boost the total. I think there’s been a lot of publicity about the area in the national press recently, and that’s raised the profile of the event considerably. Outsiders certainly appreciate the music. They’re not too fussed if the standards fall short of professional dancers. Perhaps that’s part of the charm of it!

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The speakers disagree about how well the festival went. The woman says The whole thing isn’t … well attended … the dancing and singing was even more amateurish than usual.However, the man says The organizers claimed there were more people there than last year. He adds Outsiders certainly appreciate the music.

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