Cambridge IELTS 12 Listening Test 2 Answers

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Section 1

1. Answer: 2.45

2. Answer: band

3. Answer: play

4. Answer: scientist

5. Answer: river

6. Answer: grandparents

7. Answer: Handsworth

8. Answer: traditional

9. Answer: outdoor

10. Answer: logo

Section2

11. Answer: B. coffee

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • The flight is at 11.30, so it’s too early to have lunch at the airport. I suggestwe meet there for coffee at 10, which should give us plenty of time for breakfast before we leave home.
  • Explanation: All three answers appear in the recording, but we need to understand it thoroughly. The speaker says that it is too early to have lunch at the airport and that they will have breakfast AT HOME. Thus A and C are incorrect. 
  • The speaker also suggests they meet at the airport for coffee, so B is the answer.

12. Answer: C. a tour operator.

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • When we arrive in Munich, we’ll be met at the airport by Claus Bauer. Claus works for a tour operator, and he’ll look after us for the time we’ll be in Germany.
  • Explanation: It is clear from the script that the group will be met at the airport by a tour operator.
  • The answer is C.

13. Answer: A. 110 euros

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • The normal rate at the hotel where we’re staying is 150 euros a night for a double room. I’d hoped to get that down to 120 euros, but in fact I’ve been able to negotiate a rate of 110.
  • Explanation: Although 110, 120 and 150 all appear in the recording, the speaker says he has negotiated a rate of 110 euros, so that is the final price for the double room. 
  • The answer is A.

14. Answer: B. a Lebanese restaurant

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • On Tuesday evening, we’ll all have dinner together in a restaurant near our hotel. From talking to you all about your preferences, it was clear that a typical local restaurant would be too meat-oriented for some of you. Some of you suggested an Italian restaurant, but I must confess that I decided to book a Lebanese one, as we have plenty of opportunities to go to an Italian restaurant at home.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (B):
    • region = local
  • Explanation: The speaker says that a typical local restaurant would not fit the group’s preferences, because it would serve a lot of meat dishes  and that an Italian one would be easy to find at home, so A and C are wrong. 
  • Eventually he has decided to book a Lebanese restaurant. Hence, B is the correct answer.

15. Answer: C. a theatre director

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • On Wednesday afternoon, the director of the play we’re going to see that evening will talk to us at the theatre. She’ll describe the whole process of producing a play, including how she chose the actors, and, as the play we’re going to see is a modern one, how she worked with the playwright.
  • Explanation: On Wednesday afternoon, they will meet a director, not an actor nor a playwright. They will only hear the director talk about these.
  • Therefore, the correct answer can only be C.

16. Answer: F

  • Here’s what the speaker says:

– The play we’re seeing on Wednesday evening is a modern one, and we’re going to the premiere.

  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (F):
    • premiere = first time
  • Explanation: The play on Wednesday will be the premiere, which means that it will be performed for the first time. 
  • F is the answer.

17. Answer: B

  • Here’s what the speaker says:

– On Thursday we’re seeing a play that was first performed last year, when it was commissioned to mark a hundred years since the birth in the town of a well-known scientist.

  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (B):
    • written = commissioned
    • anniversary = birth
    • celebrate = mark
  • Explanation: The play on Thursday “was commissioned”, which means that it was speciallywritten, with the aim of marking the 100th anniversary of a scientist’s birthday. 
  • Therefore the answer has to be B.

18. Answer: E

  • Here’s what the speaker says:

– Friday’s play will really make you think hard about what clothes to pack, as it’ll be in the garden of a palace. It’s a beautiful setting, but I’d better warn you, there won’t be much protection from the wind.

  • Explanation: The Friday play will take place in a garden, plus the speaker says it will be windy so we can conclude that the play will be outdoors. 
  •  The correct answer is E.

19. Answer: G

  • Here’s what the speaker says:

– On Saturday, we’re going by coach to a theatre in another town, not far from Munich. This will be the opening of a drama festival, and the mayor and all the other dignitaries of the town will be attending. After the performance, the mayor is hosting a reception for all the audience, and there’ll be a band playing traditional music of the region.

  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (G):
    • officials = mayor and dignitaries
  • Explanation: The Saturday play will be attended by “the mayor and all the other dignitaries of the town”, which refers to the town’s “officials”. Thus G is the correct answer. Also, be careful when the speaker says there will be a band because the band will play AFTER the play, not at the play.
  • The correct answer is G.

20. Answer: C

  • Here’s what the speaker says:

– Our final play is on Monday, and it’s in the stunning setting of the old Town Hall, which dates back to the 14th century.

  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • historic = old
  • Explanation: The play on Monday will be at the Town Hall which is described as “old” and “dates back to the 14th century” (thesame as “historic”).
  • Thus the answer is obviously C.

Section 3

21. Answer: C. a number of Danish people visited his family.

  • Here’s what the speakers say:

– Now as this is your first tutorial since you started on the Scandinavian Studies course, I’d like to find out something about you. Why did you decide to take this course?

– Well, mv mother is Danish, and although we always lived in England, she used to talk about her home a lot, and that made me want to visit Denmark. We hardly ever did, though – my mother usually went on her own. But whenever her relations or friends were in England they always came to see us.

  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • spoke = talk about
    • visited = came to see
  • Explanation: James’ mother is Danish and she often talked to him BUT it is not sure that she talked to him in Danish, so B is not correct. 
  • James says they hardly visited Denmark (“hardly” is opposite to “often”), and his mother usually visited on her own. Hence A is not correct either. 
  • On the other hand, the relations and friends of his mother from Denmark visited their family so C is the correct answer.
  • The correct answer is C.

22. Answer: B. work in the media.

  • Here’s what the speakers say:

– Do you have any plans for when you graduate? A lot of students go on to take a master’s degree.

– I think the four years of the undergraduate course will be enough for me. I’m interested in journalism, and I quite like the idea of moving to Scandinavia and writing for magazines. I’d find that more creative than translating, which I suppose most graduates do.

  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (B):
    • postgraduate course = master’s degree
    • the media = magazines
    • translator = translating
  • Explanation: James does not want to continue studying after he graduates as “four years of the undergraduate course will be enough”, so A is incorrect. 
  • Additionally, he prefers “writing for magazines” as a journalist to translating, which means he wants to “work in the media” rather than become a translator. 
  • The correct answer must be B.

23. Answer: C. Scandinavian literature

  • Here’s what the speaker says:

– Well, I’m really enjoying the one on Swedish cinema.

– That’ll continue next term, but the one on Scandinavian literature that’s running at the moment will be replaced by more specialised courses. Oh, and by the way, if you’re interested in watching Danish television programmes – there’s going to be a course on that the term after next.

  • Explanation: Swedish cinema will continue next term, thus A is incorrect. 
  • And the course on Danish television programmes has not even started yet, so B is wrong as well. 
  • Beth says that Scandinavian literature will be replaced next term, indicating that it will end after the current term. 
  • Therefore, C is the answer.

24. Answer: A. 19th century playwrights.

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • BETH: Have you started thinking about the literature paper that you have to write in the next few weeks?
  • JAMES: Yes, my first choice would be to do something on the Icelandic sagas.
  • BETH: Hmm. The trouble with that is that a lot of people choose that topic, and it can be difficult to get hold of the books you’ll need. Why not leave that for another time?
  • JAMES: Right.
  • BETH: You might find modern novels or 19th century playwrights interesting.
  • JAMES: I’ve read or seen several plays in translation, so that would be a good idea.
  • BETH: Fine. I’ll put you down for that topic.
  • Explanation: James’ first choice of Icelandic sagas was not encouraged, because Beth thinks it would be difficult to acquire necessary materials, so B is wrong. 
  • She then suggests modern novels or 19th century playwrights. James says that he has “read or seen several plays” so that topic would be a good idea.  Beth then puts James’ name down for that paper, which means that they agree that he will write on that topic. 
  • The correct answer is A.

25. Answer: C. a study of the social background to the literature.

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • BETH: First I suggest you avoid taking one writer and going into a great deal of detail. That approach certainly has its place, but I think you first need to get an understanding of the literature in the context of the society in which it was produced – who it was written for, how it was published, and so on. I also think that’s more fruitful than placing it within the history of the genre.
  • JAMES: OK, that sounds reasonable.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • historical overview = history
    • in-depth = a great deal of detail
    • single = one
    • social background = context of the society
  • Explanation: Beth suggests “avoid taking one writer and going into a great deal of detail” so B is obviously wrong. 
  • She is also against writing about the genre’s history (or “historical overview”) so A is also wrong. 
  • Her recommendation is putting the literature “in the context of the society in which it was produced”. This means that James needs to study the “social background” of the literature. 
  • Thus, the correct answer is C.

26. Answer: E

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • BETH:  Well, what I suggest is that you read an assignment a student wrote last year, which is kept in the library.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (E):
    • student paper = an assignment a student wrote
  • Explanation: you need to know that an assignment is a task, and a written task by a student will be a student paper.  
  • So, the answer is E.

27. Answer: G

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • BETH:  But I’ve got a recording of a documentary that you should watch.  It makes some interesting and provocative points, which I think will help you to focus your topic.
  • Explanation:Although James has a film of the Vikings, Beth thinks that it is more fantasy than reality, so she recommends a documentary which she will lend to James.  
  • The answer is G.

28. Answer: D

  • Here’s what the speakers say:
  • JAMES:  So then I should work out an outline?
  • BETH:  Yes, just headings for different sections at this stage.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (D):
    • outline = structure
  • Explanation:The outline of the paper, with headings for the different sections will be the structure of James’ paper.  
  • The answer is D.

29. Answer: C

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • BETH:  And then you should start looking for suitable articles and books to draw on, and take notes which you organise according to those headings.
  • Here are some key words that help you to get the correct answer (C):
    • source materials = articles and books
  • Explanation:James will use these materials to take notes.  
  • So, the answer is C.

30. Answer: A

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
  • BETH:  Then put short phrases and sentences as bullet points under each heading.  Make sure that this skeleton makes sense and flows properly, before writing up the paper in full.
  • Explanation:James will write these bullet points before writing the complete paper.  
  • The answer is A.

Section 4

31. Answer: bullying

32. Answer: superiority

33. Answer: personality

34. Answer: structural

35. Answer: absence

36. Answer: confidence

37. Answer: visions

38. Answer: democratic

39. Answer: respect

40. Answer: mediator

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