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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 8

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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 8

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

Level: Hard (3 words per answer!)

Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

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Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

NOTE: There are three words needed for each answer (contractions count as one word e.g. I’m / We’re / You’re)

I remember when, I remember, I remember when I
Show answer lost my mind

There was something so pleasant .
Show answer about that place

Even your emotions
Show answer had an echo

In so much space

And when you’re out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was
Show answer out of touch

But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just
Show answer knew too much

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Probably

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And I hope that you are of your life
Show answer having the time

But think twice, that’s
Show answer my only advice

Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are,
Ha ha ha bless your soul
You really think
Show answer you’re in control

Well, I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy

Show answer Just like me

My heroes had the heart to out on a limb
Show answer lose their lives

And all I remember is thinking, I want to
Show answer be like them

Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it
Show answer looked like fun

And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die
Show answer when I’m done

Maybe I’m crazy
Maybe you’re crazy
Maybe we’re crazy
Probably

Uh, uh

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Did you know that Gnarls Barkley is the band name – the singer’s name is Cee Lo Green?

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 7

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 6

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Level: Very hard!

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 7Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

NOTE: There are TWO words required for each answer.

There’s a fire starting in
Show answer my heart

Reaching a , it’s bringing me out the dark
Show answer fever pitch

Finally I can see you
Show answer crystal clear

Go ‘head and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare
See how I leave with of you
Show answer every piece

Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch
And it’s bringing me out the dark

The scars of remind me of us
Show answer your love

They keep me thinking that we almost had it all

The scars of your love, they breathless
Show answer leave me

I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it, to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

Baby, I have to be told
Show answer no story

But I’ve heard one on you
And I’m gonna make your
Show answer head burn

Think of me in the depths of
Show answer your despair

Make a home down there
As mine sure won’t
Show answer be shared

(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
The scars of your love remind me of us
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it, to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside of your hand
But you played it, with a beating

Throw your soul through every (woah)
Show answer open door

Count your blessings to find what you look for (woah)
Turn into treasured gold (woah)
Show answer my sorrow

You’ll pay me back in kind and reap just what you sow (woah)
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
We could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
It all, it all, it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)

But you played it
You played it
You played it
You played it to the beat.

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Did you know that Adele only quit smoking in 2015?

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 6

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 6

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Level: Medium (fast but only the first half of the song!)

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 6Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

It might seem what I’m about to say to you (1 word)
Show answer crazy

Sunshine she’s here, you can take a (1 word)
Show answer break

I’m a (3 words) that could go to space
Show answer hot air balloon

With the air, like I don’t (1 word), baby, by the way
Show answer care

Uh

[Chorus:]
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a (1 word)
Show answer roof

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the (1 word)
Show answer truth

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Verse 2:]
Here come (2 words) talking this and that, yeah,
Show answer bad news

Well, give me all you got, and don’t (3 words), yeah,
Show answer hold it back

Well, I should probably (2 words) I’ll be just fine, yeah,
Show answer warn you

No (1 word) to you, don’t waste your time
Show answer offense Here’s why

[Chorus]

Hey
Go
Uh

(Happy)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing
Bring me down
I said

[Chorus 2x]

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Did you know that Pharrell Williams received only $2,700 for over 43 million streams of this song?

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 5

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 5

Alanis Morisette – Ironic

Level: Easy

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 5Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

NOTE: There is only ONE word required for each answer.

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the 1. and died the next day
Show answerlottery It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two 2. too late
Show answerminutes

Chorus:

And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think
It’s like rain on your 3. day
Show answerwedding It’s a free ride when you’ve already 4.
Show answerpaid It’s the good 15. that you just didn’t take
Show answeradvice Who would’ve thought… it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to 6.
Show answerfly He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that 7.
Show answerflight And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well isn’t this nice…”

(Chorus)

Well life has a 8. way of sneaking up on you
Show answerfunny When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going 9.
Show answerright And 10. has a funny way of helping you out when
Show answerlife You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you’re already 11.
Show answerlate A no-smoking sign on your cigarette 12.
Show answerbreak It’s like ten thousand 13. when all you need is a knife
Show answerspoons It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his 14. wife
Show answerbeautiful And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think
A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…

(Chorus)

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

 

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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 4

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 4

Everclear – Wonderful

Level: Medium

Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

NOTE: There is only ONE word required for each answer.

(Intro)

I close my eyes when I get too 1.
Show answersad I think thoughts that I know are 2.
Show answerbad Close my 3. and I count to ten
Show answereyes Hope it’s 4. when I open them
Show answerover

I want the things that I had 5.
Show answerbefore Like a Star Wars poster on my 6. door
Show answerbedroom I wish I could 7. to ten
Show answercount Make everything be 8. again
Show answerwonderful

Hope my mom and I hope my 9.
Show answerDad Will figure out why they get so 10.
Show answermad Hear them scream, I hear them 11.
Show answerfight They say bad words that make me wanna 12.
Show answercry

Close my eyes when I go to 13.
Show answerbed And I dream of angels who make me 14.
Show answersmile I feel better when I 15. them say
Show answerhear 16. will be wonderful someday
Show answereverything

Chorus:
17. mean everything when you’re little
Show answerPromises And the world’s so 18.
Show answerbig I just don’t 19. how
Show answerunderstand You can smile with all those 20. in your eyes
Show answertears Tell me everything is wonderful now

Please 21. tell me everything is wonderful now
Show answerdon’t

I go to school and I run and 22.
Show answerplay I tell the 23.  that it’s all okay
Show answerkids I laugh aloud so my 24. won’t know
Show answerfriends When the 25. rings I just don’t wanna go home
Show answerbell

Go to my 26. and I close my eyes
Show answerroom I make 27. that I have a new life
Show answerbelieve I don’t believe you when you say
Everything will be wonderful 28.
Show answersomeday

(Chorus)
No
No, I don’t wanna hear you tell me everything is wonderful now

I don’t wanna hear you say
That I will understand someday
No, no, no, no
I don’t wanna hear you say
You both have grown in a 29. way
Show answerdifferent No, no, no, no
I don’t wanna meet your 30.
Show answerfriends And I don’t wanna 31. over again
Show answerstart I just want my 32. to be the same
Show answerlife Just like it used to be
Some days I hate 33.
Show answereverything I hate everything
34. and everything
Show answereveryone Please don’t tell me everything is wonderful now…

I don’t wanna hear you tell me everything is wonderful now

 

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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 3

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 3

John Lennon – Imagine

Level: Medium

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 3Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

NOTE: There is only ONE word required for each answer.

Imagine there’s no.1.
Show answerheaven It’s easy if you 2.
Show answertry No 3. below us
Show answerhell Above us only 4.
Show answersky Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no 5.
Show answercountry It isn’t 6. to do
Show answerhard Nothing to kill or 7. for
Show answerdie And no 8. too
Show answerreligion Imagine all the 9.
Show answerpeople Living life in 10. .
Show answerpeace

Chorus:
You may say I’m a 11.
Show answerdreamer But I’m not the 12. one
Show answeronly I hope 13. you’ll join us
Show answersomeday And the world will be as one

Imagine no 14.
Show answerpossessions I wonder if you can
No need for 15. or hunger
Show answergreed A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
16. all the world…
Show answersharing

 

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Did you know that John Lennon was one of the 4 Beatles?

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 2

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 2

Louis Armstrong – Wonderful World

Level: Easy

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 2Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

NOTE: There is only ONE word required for each answer.

 

I see trees of 1.
Show answergreen ,

Red roses too

I see them bloom for me and 2.
Show answeryou

And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of 3. and clouds of white
Show answerblue

The bright blessed day,

The 4. sacred night
Show answerdark

And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The 5. of the rainbow
Show answercolours

So pretty in the sky

Are also on the 6. of people going by
Show answerfaces

I see friends 7. hands
Show answershaking

Saying how do you do

They’re really saying ‘I love you’.

I hear 8. crying, I watch them grow
Show answerbabies

They’ll learn much more

Than I’ll ever 9.
Show answerknow

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

10. I think to myself what a wonderful world
Show answerYes

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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 1

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 1

Oasis – The Importance of being idle

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 1Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills.

Play the video below and as you listen to the words (lyrics), complete the gap fill with the words you hear. When you are finished, click ‘Show answer’ to check your answers.

Level: medium

NOTE: There are TWO words required for each answer.

 

I sold my soul for the 1.
Show answersecond time

‘Cause 2. don’t pay me
Show answerthe man

I begged my landlord for some 3.
Show answermore time

He said “Son, the bill’s 4.
Show answerare waiting

My 5. called me the other night
Show answerbest friend

He said “Man – are 6.?”
Show answeryou crazy

7. told me to get a life
Show answerMy girlfriend

She said “Boy – are 8. ?”
Show answeryou lazy? Chorus:

But I don’t mind

As long as there’s a bed beneath the stars 9.
Show answerthat shine

I’ll be fine, if you give me 10., a man’s got a limit
Show answera minute

I can’t get a life if 11.not in it
Show answermy heart’s

Hey Hey

(Chorus again)

I lost my faith in the 12.
Show answersummer time

‘Cause it don’t 13.
Show answerstop raining

The sky all day is 14. as night
Show answeras black

But I’m 15.
Show answernot complaining

I begged 16. for one more line
Show answerMy doctor

He said “Son – words 17.
Show answerfail me

It ain’t no place to be 18.
Show answerkilling time

I guess I’m 19.
Show answerjust lazy

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