ESL Meeting Someone New Listening

The ESL meeting someone new listening exercises on this page are designed to help you learn how to greet someone and introduce yourself. By listening to the recordings, as well as the spoken vocabulary and spoken phrases on the ESL meeting someone new vocabulary page, you will learn how they sound. This will mean you will be able to speak and listen to English better.

ESL meeting someone new listening exercises can help you learn how to understand a native speaker when having a conversation.

There are 4 exercises on this page:

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

Just scroll down to find the exercise you want, or even better, start at the top and do them all. This will defiantly help your English improve.

ESL Meeting Someone New Listening Exercises

Exercise 1 – Identification of Spoken Word Order

The following ESL meeting someone new listening exercise has 5 groups of 5 words. You need to identify which option (A-D) in each question has the same order as in the recording. Listen to the recording more than once if you need to.



ESL Meeting Someone New 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) Introduce, Family name, Kiss, Greeting, Big family
        B) Greeting, Kiss, Big family, Family name, Introduce
        C) Greeting, Introduce, Family name, Kiss, Big family
        D) Introduce, Greeting, Big family, Kiss, Family name
2) Which is the correct order for group of words two?
        A) Hi, What about you?, From, Good evening, Are you new here?
        B) Good evening, From, Are you new here?, What about you?, Hi
        C) Good evening, Hi, What about you?, From, Are you new here?
        D) Hi, Good evening, Are you new here?, From, What about you?
3) Which is the correct order for group of words three?
        A) Nice to see you., Christian name, Hug, See you., I have to go now.
        B) See you., Hug, I have to go now., Christian name, Nice to see you.
        C) See you., Nice to see you., Christian name, Hug, I have to go now.
        D) Nice to see you., See you., I have to go now., Hug, Christian name
4) Which is the correct order for group of words four?
        A) Good morning, Hug, Formal greeting, Home sick, First name
        B) Home sick, Formal greeting, First name, Hug, Good morning
        C) Home sick, Good morning, Hug, Formal greeting, First name
        D) Good morning, Home sick, First name, Formal greeting, Hug
5) Which is the correct order for group of words five?
        A) Hi, First name, Formal greeting, Tell us about yourself?, Polite
        B) Tell us about yourself?, Formal greeting, Polite, First name, Hi
        C) Tell us about yourself?, Hi, First name, Formal greeting, Polite
        D) Hi, Tell us about yourself?, Polite, Formal greeting, First name

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Exercise 2 – Identify Meaning of Spoken Definitions

The following recording has 5 definitions of words from the meeting someone new vocabulary list. You need to decide which option (A-D) in each of the questions matches the corresponding definition.



ESL Meeting Someone New 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) Do
        B) Greet
        C) Home sick
        D) Nice to meet you.
2) What is the meaning of the second definition in the recording?
        A) Nice to meet you.
        B) Pardon me
        C) How do you do?
        D) Tell us about yourself?
3) What is the meaning of the third definition in the recording?
        A) Study
        B) Wave
        C) Polite
        D) Partner
4) What is the meaning of the fourth definition in the recording?
        A) Kiss
        B) Christian name
        C) Excuse me
        D) First name
5) What is the meaning of the fifth definition in the recording?
        A) From
        B) Pardon me
        C) Goodbye
        D) Good morning

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Exercise 3 – Listening Comprehension

This meeting someone new listening exercise is a listening comprehension. You need to listen, possibly more than once, to the recorded passage below about ‘My Family’, in which someone describes their family, and then answer the 5 questions that follow it.

At the end of this page, the text of the recorded passage had been included so that you can check your understanding of the spoken passage. Just click on the show passage button.



ESL Meeting Someone New Listening Comprehension


Listen to the recording of the passage about meeting someone new above and answer the following five questions.

1) What is the name of the father in the passage?
        A) Mathew Button
        B) Mark Button
        C) Quentin Button
        D) Quincy Button
2) How old is Hellen?
        A) 48
        B) 49
        C) 50
        D) 51
3) What does Jane do?
        A) Accountant
        B) Lawyer
        C) Computer technician
        D) Chemist
4) What is the name of Mathew’s girlfriend?
        A) Jane
        B) Helen
        C) Lucy
        D) Does not have a girlfriend.
5) Where do his grandparents live?
        A) Scarborough
        B) London
        C) Durham
        D) Manchester

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Exercise 4 – Dictation

In this ESL meeting someone new listening exercise you need to listen to the following passage about talking to someone new and try to write down what you hear. The passage is repeated twice in the recording. The first time it is read slowly and the second time it is read even more slowly with pauses, so you can write the words down, and the punctuation spoken out loud. You might need to listen to the recording a couple of times.

At the end of this page there is a link you can click to show the text of the dictation passage so you can check your answer with the original passage.



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