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tickets for concert VS tickets for a concert

tickets for concert VS tickets for a concert Is the latter also grammartically right? When taking a mock test of IELTS 11 (Listening test part 3, section 1), inspite of the test recording also ...
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identifying words and phrases

Have had a hard time deciphering some words/phrases in a podcast. So i'd like to share one part that I found to be difficult, at least, for me. https://voca.ro/1omVsJqG4SuY Normally I hear it like &...
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Can you help me understand what is being said? [closed]

I like to challenge my listening skills seeing videos/listening to podcasts or similar contents and try to understand what is being said, but I usually can't understand what people say even if playing ...
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Does the word "and" omitted by speaker?

The tapescript is as below: Well,i think we've got the basis of a really interesting presentation.Let's go and photocopy the article. Let us hear what the speaker say: the and omitted or not In my ...
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Is the twenty fifth or twenty five in the audio? [closed]

Is it the This is the six o'clock news for Tuesday the twenty fifth November and first headline. or This is the six o'clock news for Tuesday twenty five November and first headline. in the audio? ...
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Is the audio average speaking rate or slower than normal?

Recently i am listening to the bbc learning material such as below (uploaded on my dropbox and shared with all) sample audio Would you please tell me that the audio is average speaking rate or slower ...
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How to memorise numeric sequence for English test?

I'm preparing for IELTS test and sometimes there are questions require memorizing long sequences such as weird names or phone numbers. Normally in my mother lang, it's pretty easy to memorize such ...
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the people who run there so just great people [closed]

I heard [34:22-34:29] part of this YouTube video as follows; "You have to be sure to check into the Jack Rabbit Trading Post. Great prices and the people who run there so just great people."...
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This meth for a small child

I heard [33:54-33:56] part of this YouTube video as follows; This meth for a small child. Did I hear it right?
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But it's basically it(?)

I heard [30:35-30:47] part of this YouTube video as follows; "This is the ghost town of Two Guns. There's not much to see here anymore. There's this old abandoned gas station, and then few old ...
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a place that people stop at(stopped but?) that became a ghost town

I heard [30:24-30:34] part of this YouTube video as follows; Basically the same thing can be said for the businesses in our next stop in Two Guns which was also a place that people stop at(stopped ...
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We got to try tip, but we got poblano chili cheese grits

I heard [28:30-28:40] part of this YouTube video as "We got to try tip, but we got poblano chili cheese grits. Maybe(?) it's gonna be amazing." Did I hear right? If so, does he mean he ...
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Can you help me identify what is said in this short clip?

I hope this is ok to ask here. Could you help me identify what is said in this short clip (6 seconds)? https://photos.app.goo.gl/gMAKVQXfbLwCqg9r7 The clip is taken from a video tour of a house in ...
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I don't get how native English speakers can understand what the woman in the video is saying

as a non-native English speaker who is studying English, I have a serious question. Please check out a 3 sec of movie clip below. https://youtu.be/5FOv4WWGSK8 The subtitle says "(daughter:)What ...
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Per American pronunciation, "a ear" or "an ear"?

I just watched YEAR vs. EAR - American English Pronunciation (EAR vs. HEAR), and I hear absolutely no difference between the pronunciations of "ear" and "year", given we should use ...
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How can I deal with my English listening problem?

I can understand maybe 40% or 50% of common talk of Americans. If simple, maybe 80%. But sometimes, it still prevent me to improve my English. I guess there are 4 problems: 1 lack of vocabulary 2 bad ...
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It's from a wide, thick spectrum of cream

At video on minutes 9:20 https://youtu.be/MnlPfvx7Cgg?t=559 The speaker mentioned "top 'cream' of Singapore" I found the definition of "the cream of sth" the best of a particular ...
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Please confirm what Cooper says

I know as a site policy dictation is not welcomed, but it is really hard for me to catch what cooper says at this scene,, can someone please help me? 0.15~0.27 With the help of @Colin Fine, I ...
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"can add up" or "can't add up"?

This is what I hear from a voice in TOEFL exam: " ... If they start cutting back the meals and we can't get what we want here on campus, well, we are going to go off campus and pay off-campus ...
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Charlie Williams' bit about the Pygmie tribe

Would somebody be so kind to translate Yorkshire into English. Suppose the comedian is popular enough that a review will be appreciated by some: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7WucumXbAsk&t=240s (...
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Colloquial English listening comprehension [closed]

I'm trying to improve my listening comprehension especially with those colloquial/slang style every day English, please lend me a ear on these tricky parts. And so, it's a CustomerModel and we'll ...
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Suggestions to follow while tutoring online a French student who wants to improve his speaking listening skills in English? [closed]

I'll be tutoring online a french student who I think has at least an advanced intermediate level in all parts of English, and wants to improve his speaking and listening skills, specially following ...
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I can't distinguish words while listening to someone

I can't know that how can I explain. When listening to English speaking people I cannot understand some words. It's like they roll in their mouths. There are times when I cannot understand a sentence ...
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How to ask people to speak slowly so they really speak slowly?

I'm learning English for many years, and I use English at work. Some clients I cannot understand. I ask them to speak slowly. They do, but then they speak quickly again. My bigger problem is talking ...
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Please help me with my dictation. He's British

very short, only voice, British I'm hearing... A: doing that blah blah 45? B: that's plenty of time I'm watching a British cooking show program Situation is, there's three people in a team and one ...
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Buoyancy Control Device. Is it about depth or distance?

Had a kind of tricky listening task with multiple choice. Here it is: A buoyancy control device helps the diver to … 1) control distance and depth. 2) fight decompression sickness. 3) regulate the air ...
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How to improve English listening at high level?

I am an international student in UK, and I did get a quite high mark on IELTS listening, about 8 to 9. And I can easily understand what the professors say in the lecture, partly because I have a quite ...
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I'm doing dictation I want to know what they are saying

Birds of Prey interview in this video at 0:21, what is he saying? To me, it sounds like "It's so _______ awful" and at 2:15 Is she saying "she will? would? just bash it"? and I really don't know ...
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What is said exactly in the video?

I watched a funny video Mufasa x Hypeman spreading good vibes around the world- Bag Raiders- Shooting Stars but I couldn't understand what exactly was said in the 3-rd sentence (2-d second of the ...
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It sounds like "are" is eaten in "you're", is this a common accent or my mis listening?

I am not a native English speaker, so I have some difficulties on catching some pronunciation in spoken English. This guy is lecturing (https://youtu.be/_nRtCVJIToA?t=251) You had an idea, you had ...
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How to find out what people say when you cannot make out the words?

Are there some online resources to help with understanding the audio when transcript is not available? For example, here the host replies: 'Yeah, you might get caught ...... people', and I cannot ...
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Listening: Though today I have to live OR leave

Here's the music video on YouTube: Dan Byrd - Sayonara Means Goodbye, specifically at :33. And here's the lyrics I found on LyricsFreak: Sayonara means goodbye Sayonara one more cry Though ...
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help to listen what he is saying "of the order of n" or "on the order of n"?

i am confused about the discussion on this hot post. it seems that most people believe that the professor is saying "on the order of n". the title of the question had been forced to that though, ...
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Please help me to clarify a sentence on Ted talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4Yvq-g7_Y At 14:04, he said that: "There are so great features on phone let us lemonade eliminate a lot of time" Can anyone help me to declare what's his mean? "...
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Confusing between "As" and "Is"

I came across that sentence while watching martin mystery --link of the episode below-- " if you think I am so naive is to be fooled by another one of your tricks!" At first I was going to ask about ...
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What is this woman saying? [closed]

I cannot get what she says in the audio track: http://s9.picofile.com/d/8351599092/2f362c97-d44d-4aa7-acfb-f1503cbb7d9c/Untitled_01.m4a How can I understand such a quick speaking, in general?
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What is she saying?

I cannot get what she is saying in the middle part of her talk. Here is the link to the audio file: http://s8.picofile.com/d/8351258634/321d06a3-70a1-45d6-833c-79c5a9efcdcc/clip.m4a
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What is he saying in this video 1:25-1:35

I am watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZjzFC0jzU he is saying " I bought all of my friendship Oli last night and I still have money in the bank" when I check definition of Oli Oli is a sweet ...
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What he said in this video (2:30-3:00)

BBC Radio Liam Gallagher: Liam - Another thing that toss me annoying, when people go, comes out for a beer, no no no I am trying to be good and they say - just come for one. What is the point ...
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What did he say in this video ( 1:45- 1:55)

He said " It's perfect, we have so many people wanna to get on rage with you. In a play of you two if you just put your headphones." I am not 100% he is saying the last words IN a play of you too ? ...
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What is he saying in this video ( time frame 18-22 sec)?

I am watching Liam Gallagher and I am trying to translate all he's sayinng but I am not too sure what is he saying in the 18-22second I think he is saying " Should I tell you what get on my thinkings?...
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I'm fluent in English, but I can't understand names of people and places

SUMMARY I am a fluent but non-native speaker of English. I believe that in my case the gap between the two lies only in names -- names of places, bands, people, etc. I've tried to work on this but it ...
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Can you hear the difference between "immeasurable" and "measurable"?

sound track There are several "man is immeasurable" and "man is measurable" in this sound track. But I can only hear out "man is measurable". I want to know it is an ear problem or it is a listening ...
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What is he saying here? (1:10) In a sense in self-clarification Or innocence of self-clarification?
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How to improve listening/speaking if learned mostly by reading/writing? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I learned English mostly by reading/writing in academics and professional context but few listening and speaking practice. I got a job abroad and after 2 months I ...
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“In a fact" or "In the fact"?

sound track I'm practicing this listening stuff. It seems to be "in a fact" or "in the fact" at the beginning of the sentence. I'm not sure. I searched both. They're all not so common.
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listening comprehension - I didn't think what?

I'm doing some listening practice. I hear the sentence to be "I didn't think quill could ...", and I don't understand. Could you help me listen to it? https://soundcloud.com/xi-zhang-819295156/i-...
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What does Conan O'Brien say at 1:28 in this clip of the Conan show

At 1:28 in this clip of the Conan show, Conan O'Brien says something I can't understand. I believe listening comprehension is a crucial part of learning the English language, but I'm just not picking ...
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Is this a trick? Or too difficult?

I am now practicing a TOEFL listening section with a textbook. Now, given such a kind of information like below, Well, I'm a member of the drama club and we are going to on tour two weeks from now....
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"stray shower" mean

I heard this on a radio forecast: ....could see a stray shower. If I heard it correctly, what does a stray shower truly mean? Appreciate if someone can describe what a stray shower or ...
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