Advanced English Listening Practice

Advanced English Listening Practice

English Listening Practice and Exercises

Indian Prime Minister To Step Down – CNN – Listening Comprehension

With the following English Listening Practice you will be able to improve you English listening skills and build up your vocabulary. Listen to the file as many times as needed and first fill in the blanks. Continue the practice by doing the exercises provided below.
At the end of this lesson you will find the Answer Sheet to compare your results.

1. Listen and fill in the blanks.

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It was a ……………….. to the nation’s media, only his third since he ……………………….., almost a decade ago.
The Indian …………………. Manmohan Singh announcing that he ………………………….. after the upcoming national elections …………………………….
The 81 year-old Prime Minister has already served 10 years …………………., and was never expected to seek a third term.
Still, this was a highly anticipated ………………… It comes just weeks after his party lost …………………………….. states in local state elections. Singh did not name who his successor would be should his party win a third term.
Singh faced a lot of …………………., particularly on the state of the economy. He admitted issues such as inflation, corruption and lack of jobs in the manufacturing sector continued to be a ……………….., but pointed out that despite the global …………………….., there are some positives.
The Prime Minister who’s often been accused of being weak by the ……………………, said that history will be kinder to him, and in an error of ………………………, he believes he has done the best he could.

2. Mark the statements T for true and F for false.

  1. Indian Prime Minister is seeking for a third term of office.
  2. In a press conference Prime Minister Singh announced a highly anticipated coalition.
  3. India is facing issues such as inflation, and unemployment.
  4. The newly elected Indian Prime Minister will be stepping aside after the coming elections.
  5. Singh has been accused of not being strong by the opposition parties.
  6. The next government elections will be in May.

3. Match the word with its definition.

anticipate   a person that follows
successor –  increase in prices with an increased volume of money, followed by loss of value of currency
coalition –  state of being dishonest, bribery
term –  1. to blame; 2, to charge with crime
accuse –  the period of which a position is held
corruption –  to look forward to, expect
inflation –  10 years
decade –  an alliance

4. Put the words in order to make a sentence.

  1. an/ the/ address/ to/ Minister/ the/ Indian/ in/ Prime/ announced/ he/ media/ is/ aside/ stepping/
  2. he/ served/ has/ office/ terms/ of/ two/
  3. party/ lost/ Prime/ local/ has/ elections/ the/ Minister’s/ state/
  4. is/ elections/still/ it/ who/ succeed/ unclear/ Singh/ his/ will/ party/ win/ should/ the/
  5. in/ has/ own/ Singh/ best/ done/ the/ his/ could/ he/ opinion/
  6. jobs/ inflation/ lack/ are/ and/ corruption/ concerns/ of/ major/
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