IELTS Listening: English Names

In IELTS Listening Section 1, it is common to be asked to listen for English names.

This lesson will test you on your ability to listen and write down English names. After the answers, I’ll give you a list of tips to help you understand how to listen for names in IELTS Listening Section 1.

UPDATE 2017:  Capital letters are not marked in IELTS listening or reading so don’t worry about them. See this page for more info:

Are you good at spelling? Do you know your English names? Let’s see…

Listening for English Names


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  1. very useful

  2. LORIJAENE says


    Thank you Miss Liz, indeed your lesson is worth watching and learning. God bless!

  3. It’s very very useful.I never heard these instructions even from my paid course trainer.
    God bless you.

  4. Tanpreet Singh says

    Hello Liz ,

    This is very useful .

    Thanks !

  5. Hi Liz,
    I find this tips very useful. Would love to have more of this tips. Thank you

  6. maryem souli says

    very usueful many thanks
    your great teacher

  7. Hi Liz
    thanks once again for your devotion to teaching IELTS
    having watched your video on IELTS listening: English Names, may I know whether dots will be required to separate initil=als as in ‘JK Rowling’?

  8. Huong Nguyen says

    Thank you so much teacher Liz

  9. You are a great teacher of ielts. I watch all your YouTube videos and follow all tips which are working in my every module…..Thanks Liz

  10. Adetuase Christiana says

    Found this very useful, please I don’t mind have more of it to practice.
    Thanks Liz.

  11. Navpreet Kaur says

    Hi Liz,

    I have always followed your videos. One thing I want to know is that in IELTS listening “CV Hotspot” is considered as three words or two words. I had given the test on 1 st November, 2018, in which they asked to write answers in two words only. I wrote hotspot because I thought CV are two Alphabets. Is it correct or CV hotspot would have been correct.

    • I have never seen any instructions where they ask you to write two words. The instructions are always “two words and/or a number(numbers)”. The letters CV count for one word – you can see they are together.

  12. Sarah Ezekiel says

    Hello Liz
    Thank you so much for the test, I took the test and I got all correct. However I have a number of questions I would like to ask
    Firstly, I noticed you didn’t put a full stop at the end of the Mr, but you did put a full stop at the end of Dr.
    I did put a full stop at the end of mine (Mr. , Mrs.) is this in anyway wrong and would I be marked wrong in the real IELTS exam

    Secondly, I noticed the initials you wrote was J.k. with a small letter “k”. The second letter in the initials does it have to be a small letter or a capital letter. And I also noticed the full stop at the back of the “k” is it necessary for one to put the full stop?

    • In your test, you should be consistent with your dots after a title. You ether use them or don’t use them – choose one. That was actually a capital “K” – my writing isn’t clear.

  13. Thank you, Liz, you are a new ray of hope for me please keep on doing this thank you a lot. with a lot of good wishes.

  14. Vinayak Nilajkar says

    Hello Mam,
    The above video for names was done in 2014 where in tips you place emphasis on capital letters to be used careful. Now I see on your website updated in 2017, you have mentioned we can go with all capital letters for listening and reading. Kindly confirm about use of capital letters and on my observations.

    Vinayak N

  15. Tesfalegn Bogale says

    Thank you very much Liz!! I am learning a lot from your videos

  16. Mohamed Adam says

    You’re a stunning teacher…
    I would like to ask a question, can I capitalize all the letters of the name or only the first one, in case I’m using all capital letters in all my writing.

    Thanks in advance

    • If you use all capital letters, it means each letter is capital. They will ALL BE WRITTEN IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Avoid using all capital letters for the writing test.

      • Hi Liz,

        I see in your comment above you have mentioned to avoid using all capital letters for writing. However other comments below you have recommended to use all capital letters for writing and reading test. I am confused now.

  17. Shekhar Iyer says

    I got all correct.

  18. Onyinyechukwu Uloaku Okeahialam says

    It was very useful,Liz thanks so much.Please i need more lessons on this too

  19. Chinmay Panchal says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you very much for your useful tips around all sections in lELTS. I apologize to ask this repeated question but just wanted to clarify regarding the use of capital letters v/s small letters. It is fine to right everything in small letters for both listening and reading section right as long as Names or Proper nouns start with capital letter?

  20. Waleed Arafa says

    Thank you so much for your marvelous site!
    But I’m very confused about using capital letters in listening and reading tests!
    at the top of this page you wrote: “UPDATE 2017: Capital letters are not marked in …..”
    does this mean ALL CAPS is NOT considered correct answer?

    • It means you don’t have to worry about capital letters. It is good to use all capital letters for your answer.

  21. Neha Menon says

    I wrote ‘Simmon Brambling’ instead of ‘Simon’. Will that be correct?

  22. Deep kamal says

    Thank you liz😊

  23. I really love your lesson. Thank you so much!

  24. Hi Liz,

    Lovely lesson, absolutely bang on! and cracking

    is Dr correct way to write or is Dr. correct way or both are ok? Notice dot in the end
    same goes for Mr /Mr. or Mrs /Mrs. etc

  25. Mamata Vichare says

    Hi Ma’am Thank you for the tips. Just want to know, in the answer no. 4 is it correct to write J K Rowling instead of J k Rowling.
    Waiting for your reply

  26. Than you Mam for the names listening. If it is possible to send more listening i am happy to practice all the excerise.

  27. Hi Liz,
    I am a bit confused, do you mean that i can write all my answers either they are names or not in capital letters?
    Also do you mean all the word in capital letters or only the first letter.
    thanks a lot!

  28. Hey Liz,

    first of all thank you very much providing us with your amazing videos. Unfortunately, I have only one week to study so I am very depending on your videos.

    I have read in another comment that it is allowed to write words in capital letters. Now I am wondering if it´s going to be marked when I write the answers of the listening part in capital letters while the answers of the reading part not.

    Thank you for your help.


      • You mentioned that we must stay with our choice! Is that about listening answers or reading answers or both together? In other words, would it be wrong if I write ALL the answers for listening in capital but ALL the answers for reading in lowercase?

        • Why would you choose that? Write all your answers for listening and reading with capital letters.

          • Thanks for your reply.

            Just because it usually takes more time to write words in capital letters as we are not used to it.

            • For the listening test, you have 10 mins to transfer your answers – that is plenty of time using capital letters. For reading, using capital letters means you will be careful when you copy words from the passage to the answer sheet.

  29. Ezeoha Coleth says

    Hello ma
    Please am to write my IELTS on may 19th and am yet to start practice,i dont want to attend any classes, just want to follow your tutorials online and pass…. Have gone through most of your you tube class and was amazing and i also subscribed with you…… Please how do i go about this with you? I barely have 3weeks and few days, i want to get band 7 or above please
    Waiting for your reply, Thanks alot Ma

    • There are over 300 pages of tips, lessons, model answers etc on this website for free – have you completed all of them? If not, click on the red bar at the top of the website.

  30. Fatemeh Mohammadzadeh says

    You are one of the my besr teacher who I have in my life. Thanks alot Liz🌷🌷🌷🌷

  31. Hi maam i would like to ask if i spell John Smith as JOHN SMITH would that be also correct? Thank you.

  32. Elisheba says

    Thank you Liz

  33. Thank you for your work.

  34. I just wanted to say you are wonderful!! Thanks for everything.

  35. uche kenneth emeh says

    I spelled J.K Rowland instead of rowling

  36. Thank you Teacher Liz I really admire learning on your website it cleared my mind.

  37. kingsley konyeha says

    Hi,I enjoyed the practise video for name. I would like to receive more video.

  38. Hi,
    That’s so kind of you to share all this info with us.
    How important is Hyphen and spacing in IELTS? I mean that once for example I wrote “keep fit” instead of “keep-fit” or I wrote “new town” instead of “Newtown” or similary, “door to door” instead of “door-to-door” and “bankroad” instead of “bank road”. I’m getting confused. Would you please help me with it? Thank you.

    • This is about learning compound nouns. Some are written as one word, some as two words and some using a hyphen. You need to learn the list. You can google this online.

  39. Thank you liz..
    I can see that in the video .. capital letters are not marked??
    What does it mean?
    you mean the capital letters at the beginning of the names??

  40. mohd yousif says

    thank you its really useful ,i loved.

  41. Hi Liz
    I have a question
    If I write J K Rowling instead of J.K.Rowling is it correct?Both are correct? or I have to use a full stop at initials?

  42. Hi Liz ,
    Thanks a lot for your help and your very useful website
    I’ve a Q
    in terms of listening section, if I wrote the half of the correct answer, will it be right?
    Ex : if the correct answer is( global temperature) and I write (temperature) , am I right ??
    also in the common names question , the people say their full name but spells only their first name and I wrote the first name is it right?
    Ex : in the audio he said ” Hi, I’m Kevin Smith , k-e-v-i-n ” so i wrote in the answer only Kevin …is it right??
    It is the first time for me to study for IELTS , hope to complete

    • Your answer is either 100% correct or it is wrong. There are no half points awarded in listening. If you are asked for a name, you must write the full name.

  43. I’m not sure if I should post it in here. Could you confirm if the questions/answers for listening comes in order as the record is played?

    • The questions will come in the order of their numbers. Question 1 first, question 2 second etc.

      • Thank you Liz,

        Well I actually wanted to know if the answers for the questions comes in the order as the recording is played.

        Eg. Answer for question 1 comes in the first part of the recording and answer for the last question of section comes in the last part of the recording.

  44. Virender Singh says

    hello Liz u so good & nice thanks for creating these videos

  45. hi Liz can we use all capital letters or not ?

  46. hi
    can i use all capitals ?

  47. Liz,
    Thanks for the video session. I found it very useful and insightful. Kudos!

  48. Ammar Ayed says

    Thanks for very much for the videos , it is really fruitful videos
    Would you please post another videos for common names ?
    Regarding Initial I noticed there is a dot between initial letter like J.K. ,so is it a must to put dot after Dr. what Sir and others ?

  49. See my main listening page:

  50. can we right all the answers with capital letters in listening and reading

  51. Amandeep kaur says

    Hello Mam…. your way of teaching is awesome and your voice is melodious….i daily watch your lessons…Mam i have a problem in reading…how can I improve my reading?

  52. Do i have to write the full stops when writing for example J.K: ? If yes, shoul I write them in space ?

  53. I have a question. When IELTS spell the name, if they say “wt”, sometimes it is spelled “wt”, but can be “tt”. How can I tell the difference ?

    • “w” is pronounced “double you”. So, “WT” is pronounced “double you tee”. But “TT” is pronounced “double tee”. Can you see the difference?

  54. thanks ,alot its very helpful tips and exercise as well
    i appreciate all the efforts

  55. Tayyab Awan says

    thanku so much gorgeous lady

  56. Tika thapa says

    hi liz
    Is it correct to write only JK instead of J.K.

  57. Hi liz
    I’m falling in love with your lesson .It was beyond my idea that how a person teach tough things such a easiest way. Its really awesome. I always got afraid about IELTS. But now I’m getting little bit courage after watching your lesson. Thanks a lot.

  58. Mahbub Hossain says

    Thank you very much for ur video tips.
    How should I Write titles before name – Mr Mrs Miss Ms or Mr. Mrs. Miss. Ms. ? which one is correct?
    How should I write initials before name – J K or J.K. or J.K ? which one is correct?

  59. Too interesting. Simply amazing to listen and too clear to understand.


  60. Very useful! I got 5.Thank u so much.

  61. Hi Liz,

    The lesson was really helpful You have touched on the areas where I usually take for granted, now I realized how important they are during the exams.



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