Welcome back to my first ever listening listening lesson! I’ve gone over common distractors before, but now I want to do it with audio so you guys have a more thorough understanding.
The most important part about question and response is understand the five 5’w: who, what, where, when, why – also, the how much, how many, which, etc.
If you don’t know what is being asked, you might ultimately end up answering the wrong question. It’s imperative to understand the first word in the recording. Here are some distractors down below.
A. Same word – unrelated meaning
If you hear the same word, be careful! It could be a distractor!
B. Related subject – doesn’t answer the question
It may relate to one or two words but doesn’t answer the questions.
C. Similar Sound – Different/unrelated word.
Sometimes the incorrect choices use words that sound similar to the ones in the recording.
Q. Has the sale improved profits?
A. Yes, it is for sale.
Q. Where can I buy a cheap air conditioner?
A. I agree that it’s very cheap.
Q. Have you met the new staff?
A. No, it’s not the same stuff.
YouTube – Please watch the video before looking at the recording script and downloading the PDF!
Recording Script (Spoiler)
- What are the arrangements for tomorrow?
- There are a range of goods.
- Yes, it’s tomorrow.
- We’ll meet at 10.
2) Who’s taking the minutes?
a. I’ve asked Steve to do it.
b. It takes about an hour.
c. Jim’s talking now.
3) Why did he say he was late?
a. The traffic was very light.
b. His alarm didn’t go off.
c. He got up on time.
4) How were her findings received?
a. Very positively.
b. She couldn’t find them.
c. The receiver is broken.
5) What company did you use to ship the parcel?
a. I sent it by ship.
b. There were a lot of packages to send.
c. We used freightstar as usual.
6) How can I change my computer password?
a. Yes, I think you need a change.
b. You’ll have to talk to the support staff
c. To keep your computer safe.