ESL Clothes Listening

On this page there are ESL clothes listening exercise and tasks for you to do that will help you get better at using English. It is important to be able to understand spoken English when you visit an English speaking country.

ESL clothes listening tasks help you get better at understanding spoken English.

This page has 4 exercises that you can do. In each of them you need to listen to clothes vocabulary being spoken by a native English speaker. You need to be able to understand each recording well enough to answer the questions. The 4 exercises are as follows:

  • Identification of spoken word order
  • Identify meaning of spoken definition
  • Listening comprehension 
  • Dictation passage

If you need any help with the vocabulary used in these ESL clothes listening exercise you can go to the ESL clothes vocabulary page where there is a vocabulary list and recording of the vocabulary items being spoken and pronounced by a native speaker.

ESL Clothes Listening Exercises

Exercise 1 – Identification of Spoken Word Order

In this first ESL clothes listening exercise you need to identify the correct order of the words being spoken in the recording. There are 5 groups of words that go with questions 1 to 5 and in each question you need to decide which option (A-D) has the words in the same order as in the recording. When you have finished just click the get score button to see how you did.

ESL Clothes Identification of Spoken Word Order


Listen to the recording of the five groups of five words each given above and decide which option (A-D) in the five questions in this test has the correct order.

1) Which is the correct order for group of words one?
        A) Pants, Cardigan, Hat, Wardrobe, Order
        B) Wardrobe, Order, Pants, Cardigan, Hat
        C) Pants, Order, Wardrobe, Cardigan, Hat
        D) Wardrobe, Pants, Hat, Cardigan, Order
2) Which is the correct order for group of words two?
        A) Designer, Waist, Fit, Pants, Cap
        B) Pants, Cap, Designer, Waist, Fit
        C) Designer, Cap, Pants, Waist, Fit
        D) Pants, Designer, Fit, Waist, Cap
3) Which is the correct order for group of words three?
        A) Fitting room, Boot leg, Scarf, Vest, Hanger
        B) Vest, Hanger, Fitting room, Boot leg, Scarf
        C) Fitting room, Hanger, Vest, Boot leg, Scarf
        D) Vest, Fitting room, Scarf, Boot leg, Hanger
4) Which is the correct order for group of words four?
        A) Expensive, Hanger, Bra, Outfit, Swimwear
        B) Outfit, Swimwear, Expensive, Hanger, Bra
        C) Expensive, Swimwear, Outfit, Hanger, Bra
        D) Outfit, Expensive, Bra, Hanger, Swimwear
5) Which is the correct order for group of words five?
        A) Casual, T-shirt, Medium, Balaclava, Zip
        B) Balaclava, Zip, Casual, T-shirt, Medium
        C) Casual, Zip, Balaclava, T-shirt, Medium
        D) Balaclava, Casual, Medium, T-shirt, Zip

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Correct answers:

Exercise 2 – Identification of Spoken Definition

The second ESL clothes listening task is about understanding a spoken definition. Listen to the recordings of the definition and decide which word (options A-D) in each question matches the spoken definition. Once you have finished click the button at the end to see the correct answers and your score.

ESL Clothes Listening Identification of Vocabulary Meaning


Listen to the recording of the meanings of the five vocabulary words given above and decide which word out of the options (A-D) in each question matches the meaning.

1) What is the meaning of the first definition in the recording?
        A) Cufflinks
        B) Pants
        C) Fitting room
        D) Loose
2) What is the meaning of the second definition in the recording?
        A) Shoes
        B) Stock
        C) Wardrobe
        D) Small
3) What is the meaning of the third definition in the recording?
        A) Boxer shorts
        B) Brand
        C) Collar
        D) Waist
4) What is the meaning of the fourth definition in the recording?
        A) Attire
        B) Bikini
        C) Baggy
        D) Button
5) What is the meaning of the fifth definition in the recording?
        A) Tight
        B) Order
        C) Tights
        D) Hat

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Correct answers:

Exercise 3 – Listening Comprehension

In this exercise you need to listen to the recording of the passage being spoken and then answer the following 5 questions. Listen to the passage a few times if you need to. Once you have finished you can click the button to see your score.

At the end of the page there is a link to click that will reveal the text of the passage so you can read it and check your understanding of the whole passage.

ESL Clothes Listening Comprehension


Listen to the recording of the passage about clothes above and answer the following five questions.

1) What does the choice of clothing depend on?
        A) Time and place
        B) Place and people
        C) Country and culture
        D) Food and drink
2) When do people usually wear their most expensive attire?
        A) At work
        B) At a funeral
        C) At a birthday party
        D) At an interview
3) What do people usually wear to an interview?
        A) Protective clothing
        B) Casual clothes
        C) Suit and tie
        D) Winter jumper
4) Why is choosing what to wear difficult for some people?
        A) They do not have many clothes
        B) They have too many clothes
        C) They need to buy some more clothes
        D) They need to borrow some clothes
5) What kind of people often borrow clothes from their friends?
        A) Female students
        B) Teachers
        C) Construction workers
        D) Male students

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Correct answers:

Exercise 4 – Dictation

For this ESL clothes listening activity you need to listen to the following recording and write it down exactly as it is. The recording has the passage spoken twice; the first time at a slow speaking speed and then with pauses after every few words and the punctuation spoken as well. Listen to the recording a few times if you need to. There is a link at the end of the page to reveal the text so you can compare what you wrote to the original.



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