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Answers for Salt Listening Paraphrases

Below you will find:

  • the questions
  • the audio recording
  • the transcript
  • the answers

to the listening for paraphrases exercise about Salt.

Try listening to the recording again and read the transcript at the same time. If you can speak out loud by following my voice, it will help your speaking skills and pronunciation šŸ™‚


Write down the paraphrases in the recording for the following words:

  1. acquired
  2. familiar with
  3. thousands of years
  4. animal skins
  5. limited
  6. originates
  7. world



Early human hunters obtained their salt from eating animal meat. As they turned to agriculture and their diet changed, they found that salt (maybe as sea water) gave vegetables the same salty flavour they were accustomed to with meat.Ā Over many millennia, they learned how salt helped to preserve food, heal wounds and also cure hides.Ā  Nomadic bands would have carried salt with them and traded it with other bands for different goods.Ā In Ancient Rome, salt was a scarce and expensive commodity, and soldiers were even partly paid in salt which is where the word “salary” comes from. The history of salt can be seen to have had a great impact on many aspects of life and culture across the globe.

Source: Adapted fromĀ http://www.saltassociation.co.uk/education/salt-history/


  1. acquired =Ā obtained
  2. familiar with =Ā accustomed to
  3. thousands of years =Ā millennia
  4. animal skins =Ā hides
  5. limited =Ā scarce
  6. originates =Ā comes from
  7. world =Ā globe

Comments from Liz

I’m glad you found this lesson useful. The lesson had easy answers and also difficult answers, such as the word “hides”. I hope through these exercises, you will improve your ability to hear paraphrases and also develop your vocabulary. I will make more of these lessons for you šŸ™‚



  1. Dear Liz,

    Thank you for your teachings…

  2. Raymond says:

    Liz deserves an applause!

  3. Ogbodu Emmanuel

    You are too good. I love your teaching method

  4. Great work Liz, thank you.

  5. your way of teaching is very useful

  6. Aigera says:


  7. Ibrahima Bella BAH says:

    Thank you for this fruitful and convenient listening tip.

  8. Bloky Mose says:

    Is it okay if I make a little grammatical error? Because I answered the questions with:
    1. Obtain instead of obtained
    2. accustom instead of accustom to
    3. millenia instead of millennia
    4. come from instead of comes from

    šŸ™ ?

  9. Deguang says:

    This post help me quickly get acquentant with IELTS listening. Thanks.

  10. Bukola says:

    Thank you Liz,this is so helpful

  11. Thanks for the practice, its very helpful

  12. Hi, Liz. Please,give me tips to improve my speaking,because I do not have any speaking partner. thanks beforehand.

  13. Thanks, we only get the best from you Liz. Please keep up the good work

  14. Mahjabin says:

    It is really helpful. Thanks a lot Madam. We will become stronger following this sort of listening .šŸ

  15. Thanks Liz, it’s really helpful.

  16. Srinivasa Rao M says:

    It is very useful.
    Thanks a lot Liz.

  17. laxman ram says:

    Thanks Liz. for beautiful explanation….

    it is really awesome and brainstorming to do practices of vocabulary

  18. Hi Liza.
    Thank you for good advice.

  19. prescanner says:

    Liz please keep it on it’s so tasty

  20. prescanner says:

    Nice thanks

  21. Hi Liz It is a very useful lesson. I klow you are a professor in IELTS. Your knowledge and skills are very beneficial in helping people in their Ielts tests. I just wonder where we can find paraphrasing exercises in listening? I believe it is a question many people want to ask. Hope you spend some time to answer the question.

    • I don’t understand your question? You can find extra lessons on my main listening page accessed through the red bar at the top of the website. Paraphrasing is a skill (not a question) in the IELTS test. You need the skill of paraphrasing to spot answers to questions in the test.

  22. Thank you It is really helpful and the word”hides” is new for me.

  23. Jennifer Monks says:

    got it all except for hides which I didn’t know it also means skins. Thanks that is one word I learned today.

  24. Amara Ibeawuchi says:

    It was quite helpful! Thanks Liz. I appreciate this.

  25. Fasina niyi says:

    Thank you Liz

  26. Ogbagha glory says:

    Thanks Liz, this is really helpful. Please can I get any materials for writing task 2? I really do not how to write an essay.

  27. Well Done Mrs Liz continue

  28. I missed hide

  29. Thanks Liz

  30. It was really very helpful lesson for paraphrasing listening and speaking too.

  31. Liz,
    Guess I mark 5 out of 7 with these answers?
    1. obtained
    2. accustomed (missed “to”)
    3. millenia (misspelled an n there)
    4. hides
    5. scarce
    6. comes from
    7. globe

  32. Rawia Obida says:

    Thank you so much Liz,its really helpful. I am little bit frustrated and I think I need more practice .
    Thanks again

  33. Nurudeen Yusuf says:

    Thank you Liz

    It is really useful

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