ESL Houses Listening

To be able to speak well you need to be able to listen, and this ESL houses listening page will help you get experience of listening to the pronunciation of houses vocabulary.

These ESL houses listening exercises will help you listen to and use houses vocabulary.

This page has various listening activities in which you need to listen to recordings of a native English speaker and answer questions or write something. If you need to check the correct pronunciation for any housing vocabulary words you can listen to the spoken vocabulary list on the ESL houses vocabulary page. Then when you have listened to the spoken vocabulary and all the material on this page you will be much more prepared to listen to a real person when you meet them or have to speak to them.

The four exercise for you to do are as follows:

  • Identification of spoken word order.
  • Identification of word from spoken definition.
  • Listening comprehension passage
  • Dictation passage.

ESL Houses Listening Exercises

Exercise 1 – Identification of Spoken Word Order

In this ESL houses listening task you need to listen to the following recording that has five groups of five words being spoken and then decide which option (A-D) in each question has the words in the same order as in the recording. When you have finished answering the questions you can click the get score button to show the correct answers.



ESL Houses 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) Kitchen, Tile, Corridor, Walls, Mantle
        B) Mantle, Walls ,Tile, Kitchen, Corridor
        C) Tile, Corridor, Walls, Kitchen, Mantle
        D) Corridor, Walls, Tile, Kitchen, Mantle
2) Which is the correct order for group of words two?
        A) Garage, Flat, Yard, Siding, Apartment complex
        B) Apartment complex, Siding, Flat, Garage, Yard
        C) Flat, Yard, Siding, Garage, Apartment complex
        D) Yard, Siding, Flat, Garage, Apartment complex
3) Which is the correct order for group of words three?
        A) Carpet, Floor, Apartment, Hallway, Shower
        B) Shower, Hallway, Floor, Carpet, Apartment
        C) Floor, Apartment, Hallway, Carpet, Shower
        D) Apartment, Hallway, Floor, Carpet, Shower
4) Which is the correct order for group of words four?
        A) Closet, Shower, Mansion, Master bathroom, Mantle
        B) Mantle, Master bathroom, Shower, Closet, Mansion
        C) Shower, Mansion, Master bathroom, Closet, Mantle
        D) Mansion, Master bathroom, Shower, Closet, Mantle
5) Which is the correct order for group of words five?
        A) Doorbell, Deck, Hardwood floors, Garage, Fireplace
        B) Fireplace, Garage, Deck, Doorbell, Hardwood floors
        C) Deck, Hardwood floors, Garage, Doorbell, Fireplace
        D) Hardwood floors, Garage, Deck, Doorbell, Fireplace

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Correct answers:

Exercise 2 – Identification of Spoken Definition

Now, in this next ESL houses listening task you need to listen to the recording of five definitions of words and decide which option (A-D) in each question matches the recorded definition. At the end use the get score button to see the correct answers.



ESL Houses 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) Siding
        B) Commode
        C) Yard
        D) Screen door
2) What is the meaning of the second definition in the recording?
        A) Closet
        B) Foyer
        C) Ceiling
        D) Garden
3) What is the meaning of the third definition in the recording?
        A) Stone
        B) Brick
        C) Shower
        D) Glass
4) What is the meaning of the fourth definition in the recording?
        A) Laundry room
        B) Front door
        C) Sliding glass door
        D) Apartment
5) What is the meaning of the fifth definition in the recording?
        A) Stone
        B) Screen door
        C) Cement
        D) Tile

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Correct answers:

Exercise 3 – Listening Comprehension

This ESL houses exercise is a listening comprehension in which you need to listen to the recorded passage and then answer the following questions. If you need to, you can listen to the spoken passage several times. Then click the get score button to see how well you did.

At the end if this page there is a link that you can click that will display the full text of the passage so you can check your understanding of the spoken version.



ESL Houses Listening Comprehension


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

1) What is different about Russian and Arabian homes?
        A) Russian homes are generally quite small but Arabian homes are usually large.
        B) Russian homes are usually more expensive than Arabian homes.
        C) Russian homes have little privacy but Arabian homes are very private.
        D) There is no difference between Russian homes and Arabian homes.
2) What do Russian homes and Japanese homes have in common?
        A) They both keep the toilet in a separate area from the bath.
        B) They both require keys to lock and unlock the doors.
        C) They both are usually quite small.
        D) They both have portable doors.
3) Where are outdoor courtyards located in an Arabian house?
        A) They are located in front of the house.
        B) They are located behind the house.
        C) They are located in the center of the house.
        D) Arabian houses don’t have outdoor courtyards.
4) How are the doors of many Russian homes unlocked?
        A) They are unlocked using keys.
        B) They are unlocked using a number password.
        C) They are unlocked using an electronic card.
        D) They are unlocked using a remote control.
5) Why are Arabian houses separated into sections?
        A) They are separated because mixed company is not allowed.
        B) They are separated because the houses are very large.
        C) They are separated because Arabians like having many rooms.
        D) They are separated because it helps the home to be more organized.

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Correct answers:

Exercise 4 – Dictation

The final ESL houses listening activity is a dictation task. You need to listen to the following recording and then write down exactly what is said. The recording has the passage being spoken twice: the first time at a slow speaking speed and the second time with pauses after every few words and the punctuation included as well. Listen several times if you need to, but try to get it done with as few listens as possible.

Again there is a link at the end of the page that you can use to display the full text so you can check your answer.





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