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

  2. kingsley konyeha says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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??

  5. mohd yousif says:

    thank you its really useful ,i loved.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Virender Singh says:

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

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

  11. hi
    can i use all capitals ?

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

  13. 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 ?

  14. See my main listening page:

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

  16. 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?

  17. martina says:

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

  18. 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?

  19. Mohamed says:

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

  20. Tayyab Awan says:

    thanku so much gorgeous lady

  21. Tika thapa says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

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


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

  26. 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.



  27. In what kinds of questions? Can you be more specific?

  28. Jhenel R.Bayno says:

    Thank you so much Liz!Seeing your site is such a blessing.

    More power to you!


  29. Such an amazing teacher

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