ESL Weather Listening

This page has ESL weather listening exercises and tasks to give you some authentic examples of weather vocabulary being used in spoken material.

ESL weather listening exercises and activities to help you get better at understanding spoken English.

When you visit another country, most of the time you will need to be able to speak and listen. This page has four exercises to help you get better at listening to spoken weather vocabulary. The exercises are as follows:

  • Identification of spoken word order
  • Identification of the meaning of a word
  • A listening comprehension
  • Dictation passage

If you need any help with the vocabulary you can go to the ESL weather vocabulary page that has a recording of all the weather vocabulary items being spoken by a native English speaker.

ESL Weather Listening Exercises

Exercise 1 – Identification of Spoken Word Order

The first weather listening exercise on this page is one where you need to listen to the recording of five groups of words and decide which option (A-D) in the following questions has the words written in the same order as in the recording. Listen to the recording first, and then look at the questions while listening again and try to answer the questions.



ESL Weather 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) Sunlight, Fahrenheit, Lightning, Frost, Mild
        B) Lightning, Mild, Sunlight, Frost, Fahrenheit
        C) Frost, Lightning, Fahrenheit, Mild, Sunlight
        D) Fahrenheit, Sunlight, Lightning, Mild, Frost
2) Which is the correct order for group of words two?
        A) Shining, Lightning, Thunder, Wind, Fall
        B) Thunder, Fall, Shining, Wind, Lightning
        C) Wind, Thunder, Lightning, Fall, Shining
        D) Lightning, Shining, Thunder, Fall, Wind
3) Which is the correct order for group of words three?
        A) Rainbow, Shining, Gusts, Shower, Weather
        B) Gusts, Weather, Rainbow, Shower, Shining
        C) Shower, Gusts, Shining, Weather, Rainbow
        D) Shining, Rainbow, Gusts, Weather, Shower
4) Which is the correct order for group of words four?
        A) Heat-wave, Overcast, Changeable, Thermometer, Gusts
        B) Changeable, Gusts, Heat-wave, Thermometer, Overcast
        C) Thermometer, Changeable, Overcast, Gusts, Heat-wave
        D) Overcast, Heat-wave, Changeable, Gusts, Thermometer
5) Which is the correct order for group of words five?
        A) Frost, Weather, Dew, Hurricane, Monsoon
        B) Dew, Monsoon, Frost, Hurricane, Weather
        C) Hurricane, Dew, Weather, Monsoon, Frost
        D) Weather, Frost, Dew, Monsoon, Hurricane

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Correct answers:

Exercise 2 – Identify Meaning of Spoken Definition

The definitions of five words have been spoken and recorded so you can listen to them and decide which option (A-D) has the word that matches the definition given in the listening passage.

ESL Weather 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) Thunderstorm
        B) Freezing
        C) Melt
        D) Slush
2) What is the meaning of the second definition in the recording?
        A) Snowstorm
        B) Dew
        C) Air pressure
        D) Thermometer
3) What is the meaning of the third definition in the recording?
        A) Heavy rain
        B) Warm
        C) Season
        D) Fall
4) What is the meaning of the fourth definition in the recording?
        A) Umbrella
        B) Drizzle
        C) Ice
        D) Sun
5) What is the meaning of the fifth definition in the recording?
        A) Cool
        B) Mild
        C) Rain
        D) Snowstorm

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Correct answers:

Exercise 3 – Listening Comprehension

This ESL weather listening activity is a listening comprehension. You need to listen to the recorded passage below and then answer the five questions that follow it.

The text of the passage has been included at the end of the page so you can check your understanding with the actual passage. Just click the link to show the text.



ESL Weather Listening Comprehension


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

1) According to the first paragraph what is the weather like in countries that are not the UK?
        A) Hotter or colder
        B) Hotter or wetter
        C) Colder or wetter
        D) Colder or windier
2) Which of the following countries is colder than the UK?
        A) Thailand
        B) Indonesia
        C) France
        D) Canada
3) How often does it snow in the UK?
        A) It snows very often.
        B) It does not snow very often.
        C) It snows a lot.
        D) It snows often.
4) Why are some countries hotter than the UK?
        A) They have less wind.
        B) They are further south.
        C) There are not any hotter countries.
        D) The Sun is closer to them.
5) In general, how many days a week might it rain in the UK?
        A) Everyday
        B) Four or five days
        C) One or two days
        D) No days

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Correct answers:

Exercise 4 – Dictation

Listen to the recording of the following dictation passage and write it down while listening. The passage is spoken twice. The first time at a slow speaking rate and then with long pauses after every few words as well as the punctuation being spoken. You can listen several times if you need to.

The text of the passage is included at the end of the page so you can check your answer. Just click the link to show the text.





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