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IELTS Listening Practice: Sports Festival

IELTS summary completion and sentence completion practice for listening about the topic of sport.

Tips

  • Spend time reading through the questions for the summary and sentence completion because the audio will cover all questions.
  • Pay attention to the title and key words in the questions.
  • Predict the type of answer you will need to listen for (grammar will help you).
  • Notice that the instructions (word count) changes as the type of question changes – pay attention to this.
  • Be ready to move from one set of questions to another. Identify a key word that will help you to know when to move questions.
  • Remember that some key words can be paraphrased.

Mongolian Sports Festival

Questions 1 – 3

Complete the summary using no more than one word and/or a number.

Naadam is a festival of three sports in Mongolia: (1)……………….. horse racing and archery. This festival is traditionally for men and takes place during (2)……………….. Previously, women were unable to (3)………………. in the festival but now they can take part in two out of the three sports.

Questions 4 – 6

Complete the sentences using no more than two words and/or numbers.

  • 4) Historically, this festival was used to generate ………………….
  • 5) People don ……………………………… for the festival.
  • 6) Each year the celebration is held between ……. and ……………….

 

Answers & Vocabulary

Click below to see answers:

Answers
  1. wrestling
  2. midsummer (one word)
  3. participate or compete (two possible options)
  4. warriors or skillful warriors (must be plural) or skillful men
  5. colourful clothes or traditional clothes or distinctive clothes (three possible options but no more than two words possible for the answer)
  6. 11 13 July / 11th 13th July (you must have both numbers and the month. The month does not need to start with a capital letter. See this page regarding the use of capital letters: IELTS Listening Tips)
 Transcript

Naadam is a traditional games festival in Mongolia comprising of three sports: Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. It is otherwise known as “the three games of men” because traditionally men were the only ones who could compete.  It is held over midsummer throughout the country. Nowadays, women are able to participate in archery and horse racing but not wrestling. The name “Naadam” means “festival or feast of sports”.

In ancient times, the Mongolian great kings and military generals used to train their warriors and the warriors’ main battle tool, horses, through this competition. While competing and feasting, those three manly traditional sports have been used to create skillful men for centuries.

During the festival, Mongolians dress in colourful and distinctive traditional clothes and ride their most beautiful horses. Official festival celebrations take place throughout the country between 11th and 13th July annually.  The Naadam celebration in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is the most marvelous.

Useful Vocabulary
  • comprising of = made up of / consisting of
  • wrestling – a sport of holding and throwing an opponent to the ground
    • mongolia_naadam_10
  • archery – using a bow and arrow to hit a target
    • Naadam_women_archery
  • compete = participate / take part in
  • to be held / to take place
  • in ancient times = historically
  • manly = activities suited to a man
  • generate = create
  • to dress = to don (this is formal verb)
  • marvelous = spectacular (this synonym is used only in this context)

 

Naadam Festival Information

Watch a great video about this wonderful festival in Mongolia. The person giving the information is Mongolian and does make mistakes with English but she still has a wide range of interesting vocabulary and can explain her ideas clearly.

Below is some excellent vocabulary that was used in this video:

  • delighted
  • preparing warriors for combat
  • huge
  • great noise / shouting
  • rush
  • testing not only speed but endurance
  • bare feet
  • saddle
  • cheering
  • sharpness
  • brings the community together
  • harsh weather
  • lifts the spirits of everyone

You may consider her accent difficult to understand in parts but her vocabulary, as you can see above, is very strong and flexible. She is able to explain her ideas and concepts very clearly.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Let me know if there any special customs or celebrations in your country that you wish me to make a lesson for. Liz

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Comments

  1. http://Forever%20Lover says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for the lessons.

    My question is about the verb “to don” in the audio file above. “to don” means ” to dress”, however, I rarely hear that people use this word in daily life. How come IELTS use the words that rarely used and make it difficult for the listeners?

    And also, the time given to students for quick look at the questions, before listening is too short. I cannot catch all the questions before the audio starts. Is there any tip for this part please?

    Thanks a lot

    • http://Liz says

      This lesson is not an IELTS test. It is a lesson I made. All my practice materials are made by myself. It is normal to use the word “don”. However, it is only used in certain circumstances. With my lessons, you read the questions before pressing play.
      These lessons are for you to develop skills. They are not tests. Use them appropriately for your self-learning.

  2. http://Luisa says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for doing this video specially about Mongolia
    I have a complicated question, what if people have total 6,625 is it suppose to band score 7 or 6 ?

    Anyway, much appreciated that what have you done !

    From Mongolian Girl,

  3. http://Defne says

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for all your efforts, they are very helpful. My question is rather trivial but why is “Mongolian wrestling” not a possible answer for the first question? I thought it was important to write Mongolian because it is a specific type of wrestling. I’m looking forward to hearing from you..

    • The instructions only allow for one word. If the instructions had two words, you could have written that. Always follow the instructions for IELTS.

  4. http://Shekhar%20Iyer says

    Hello Liz,

    I’d like to make a suggestion, if I may: As you know, before anyone can ask you a NEW question, it is best to look it up to see if it’s already been answered. However, this becomes cumbersome when there are, for example, 100 comments on an article. My suggestion: could you speak with the web-developer to include the SEARCH option? That way, we could use the search function to quickly check if a particular keyword appears and locate the answer. Will save both of us time 🙂

    Thank you for reading.

    Shekhar

    • http://Liz says

      There is a search box in the right hand column of this site. However, it only works for pages, not comments.

  5. http://Nitu says

    Thanks Liz, preparing from this website doesn’t seem like a pain.
    It’s fun and how time passes by I never know.

    Regards

    • http://Liz says

      Thanks for your message. I’m so pleased. I really want people to enjoy the process of preparing for IELTS as well as feel more confident 🙂

  6. http://Seira says

    Hi Liz,
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I have one question, which, after googling, made me more confused with the answers. Could you please help me here?
    For answer #6 – 11th 13th July, I had written 11th 13th of July. Although for using the word ‘of’ I have read the comments above, but in the audio it uses ‘of’, it says ’13th of July’.
    Secondly, as I prefer writing my answers in capital, can I write 11TH 13TH JULY, with the ‘TH’ in capital. Also can I write ‘TH’ suffixed to the top right of the number.

    Regards,
    Seira

    • http://Liz says

      1. This is about understanding English. We say “of”, but we never write it.
      2. You actually don’t need to use “th” at all. Instead just write the numbers.

  7. http://Kuldeep says

    Please check my answers:
    1. Wrestling
    2. mid-summer
    4. skilful men (spelling: is skilful correct?)
    5. clothes
    6. 11th-13th July

  8. http://pooja%20narang says

    Hi Liz ,
    No words to express the greatness of your work .
    Incomparable expert advise you are giving to people here .Thanks .
    A question please : I have seen lot many practice pages for section 1, 2 listening , but cannot find practice link for section 3 and Section 4. As these are most complex . Kindly help

    • http://Liz says

      My listening lessons are created by myself to give students extra free practice. To practise each section of the test, it is best to use authentic IELTS tests. You can buy them in the IELTS Cambridge test books from 1 to 12 and you can find a free test on the British Council website.

  9. http://Usaid%20Ali%20Lazzal says

    Dear Liz,
    question 5 says: people don colorful clothes for the festival, is the word ‘don’ either an typo or does it specifically means something?

    • Did you look up the word in the dictionary? Please do so.

    • http://Akhil%20H%20Gada says

      Google search is a very powerful dictionary. Search by using “{search-term} means”, and Google will display in search results. Example: “don means” or “equanimity means”.

  10. http://Dave says

    Hi Liz,
    Would 11th / 13th OF July be the correct answer, seeing as it’s grammatically correct?
    Thanks!

  11. http://Safak%20Duzgun says

    How about if I answered : ” July 11th 13th”

  12. http://Jitendra says

    Hi Liz,
    I am going to appear in the IELTS General exam 14th of Oct and I am learning a lot from your guidance and tips.

    Your work on IELTS training is commendable.

    Thanks a lot!

  13. http://KAMAPI says

    HI LIZ , DURING SPEAKING PART 2 IS IS ALLOWED TO HAVE A LOOK ON YOUR NOTES

    BEST REGARDS

  14. http://KAMAPI says

    HI LIZ , YOUR WORK IS A GIFT FROM GOD. I SPENT LOTS OF MONEY TO GET TIPS FROM A BRITISH COUNCIL IN CAMEROUN. YOURS ARE MORE USEFULL. PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF YOUR WORK WORLDWIDE. I WILL WRITE IELTS WITHIN ONE MONTH. MY LEVEL IS IMPROVING THANKS TO YOU.

    THANKS A LOT. YOU ARE AN ANGEL

  15. How can we estimate the true answer of multiple choice question because sometime they speak all option which are given in answer
    Have you any trick regarding this???

    • Your aim is not to match words. Of course the options will be mentioned but they will be in the negative or later rejected by the speaker. Don’t aim to match words.

  16. http://Rugaya says

    Hello Liz,
    Your courses are marvelous.
    What if i didn’t hear the answer clearly, can i predict the meaning correctly and get the score though?

    • http://Liz says

      I’m not sure what you mean exactly. At the end of the listening test, you will be given 10 mins to transfer your answer to the answer sheet. At that time, if there are gaps on your answer sheet, just try to guess and answer and write it in – you don’t lose points for wrong answers.

  17. http://AgossV says

    great videos..loved practice everyday for my IELTS test
    Thank you Liz

  18. http://Büşra%20Üstün says

    Hey Liz! Are you here? I am so mad with you! Your last video had been shared 1 year ago! Please share more. You are the most spectacular human I have ever seen! Belive me you are the perfection. I need to meet and get to know you. God bless you beauty!

    • http://Liz says

      Funny 🙂 The truth is that I’ve been very sick this last year and also lost my filming studio. I’m slowly getting better but I won’t be able to make videos until the end of the year – and that is only if I am lucky. As soon as I’m well enough, I’ll put a new video up 🙂 I miss making the videos.

  19. http://Lu%20zihao says

    The instruction said that no more than a word is used,but why is answer number 5 is two words?

    • The questions are in two parts. Did you check the instructions for both parts?? See below:

      Questions 4 – 6

      Complete the sentences using no more than two words and/or numbers.

  20. http://Pratik says

    Does all the answers for listening section comes in order?Does Questions for listening are in order according to the listening part or the questions are randomly asked ?

  21. http://Nabeel%20Mazahr says

    please create such a page in which we fill OUR answers and it checks itself

  22. http://Dama%20Amarnadh says

    Hello ….! Liz,
    What does the meaning of 6 am to mid night?
    Could it be 6 am to 12 am or else 6 am to 12 pm?
    Can you please solve my doubt:

  23. http://syamnadh says

    Hi Liz madam,
    I am really privileged to get access to your precious resources, thanks for ur immense and selfless effort to create and maintain your iconic blog.
    —- In the list of words mentioned in the vocabulary part, I’m afraid, is the word “marvellous” spelt wrong?

  24. http://Ramsimran%20Singh says

    Hello Liz,

    Trust things are fine at your end.

    I have one question related to Listening i.e Is there any halt between the all four sections of listening recordings?

    Regards,
    Ramsimran Singh

  25. http://Zooka says

    I am preparing for IELTS …
    Very Good Job You Have done .
    I am much Impressed by You
    Thank You Liz
    One Thing That I want to ask that is band score is only for listening test ?

  26. http://Sreelatha%20rajesh says

    Can we use two words or two numbers in question 4-6

  27. http://John says

    Hello and regards Liz. I have questions about dates. If we want to write dates with capital letters, then how can we write them ? Please, also advise about commas.
    11TH, 13TH JULY? or can we write only 11, 13 JULY?
    Thanks beforehand

  28. http://Renato says

    Hi Liz.

    In Question No. 5. I wrote “colorful” because that is the spelling we normally use. Will that be considered as correct?

  29. http://fullah says

    the instruction in the question is very clear , just used one word, however, the answer in 4-5-6 are two words.
    how we can use them in one word??

    • http://Liz says

      Questions 1-3 and questions 4-6 are not the same. Each type of question has different instructions. Read the instructions carefully!
      All the best
      Liz

  30. http://Lahari says

    Hello Liz
    For Q.1, it says ‘Mongolian wrestling’ in the recording, but your answer has been given as ‘wrestling’. Is it still correct to write ‘Mongolian wrestling’? Or is the speaker just describing the three sports as Mongolian?
    Your help is truly appreciated!! 🙂
    Lahari

    • http://Liz says

      Firstly you can only write one word as your answer. Secondly, it already gave the word Mongolia so it is unlikely you also need to write Mongolian.
      All the best
      Liz

      • http://Lahari says

        Hello Liz
        I just didn’t read the instruction properly. I guess I have to be way more careful in my real test. Your answers to our questions are so clear! Thank you! 🙂
        Lahari

  31. http://Sanjay%20(from%20Saigon) says

    Hello Liz,
    Could you please explain the following.
    Why is the answer “skillful warriors” is acceptable for the question 4. We heard only “skillful warriors”. Now I have seen a video where you said we need to write exactly what we hear. Do you remember an example you gave? Please check below.

    Audio segment: Children must be be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    Question: No children are allowed without _____
    (1) an adult
    (2) an accompanying adult

    You said answer 2 is wrong, and answer 1 is correct. Because that is what we heard. So if this is the case, how can “skillful warriors” become an acceptable answer? (Although it is really correct but this is not what we heard). Please explain. I highly appreciate.

    Thank you,
    Sanjay

    • Because the word “accompanying” was never used in the audio. Only “accompanied” was used which doesn’t fit. However, in this lesson all the words were used: warriors or skillful warriors (must be plural) or skillful men. I explained that you can’t alter the form of the word and in this lesson no word was altered.
      All the best
      Liz

  32. http://Muhammed%20Shamsuddin says

    Hi Liz really its a tremendous lesson. In Bangladesh also have a traditional occasion known as Bangla Nababarsa . May u can make a lesson on this.

  33. http://Ruqaiyya%20Amin says

    hi mam Liz just started reading your given passages they are really helpful for me.

  34. http://Akash says

    Instead of ‘colourful clothing’, is it correct to write ‘colourful clothes’ ?
    Thanks a lot.

  35. http://Sajeeb says

    Hi Liz,
    In case of question no. 1, I have heard “Mongolian wrestling” as “Mongolian racing”, as I have no idea about Nadeem festival. Moreover, the whole section does not provide me any information whether it is wrestling or racing. So, please tell me is it OK, if I am going to write it as “Mongolian racing” instead of “Mongolian wrestling”?

    • This is a listening exercise not a writing exercise. The idea is to practice listening for the IELTS test, not learn knowledge. All answers must be written as shown. You can read the transcript to check your answers and mistakes.
      All the best
      Liz

  36. http://Muhammed%20Shamsuddin says

    Hi liz, I am confuse about question no 6. There is an instruction no more then one word or a number. But answer is 11 13 July . It seems two number and one word to me. plz kindly explain me

    • You need to read the instructions more carefully: “Complete the sentences using no more than two words and/or numbers.”. It states “numbers” plural. That means you can write more than one.
      Liz

  37. http://Muhammed%20Shamsuddin says

    Hi Liz. This is Shamsuddin from Bangladesh . Really it’s a useful website for IELTS seeker. There are lots of opportunity for practices. You are really a tremendous teacher and it’s true you are my best teacher. Again thanks a lot for doing this task .

  38. http://tama says

    Hey Liz, Thanks a lot for such a helpful sites. When we have to answer 2 questions in one sentence, is coma necessary between the answer like 11, 13th July?
    And I want to sit for IELTs very soon and you are my only teacher for me. I just practice at home and follow your Blog. I also practice Cambridge’s books, is it sufficient for me? During practice, I got 7-7.5 sometimes 8 in listening and reading but I am not satisfied with my writing as there is nobody to check it. Actually I am Bangladeshi and now at Malaysia with my Husband. Some of my friends suggest me to sit in Bangladesh, what do you think if I do it in Malaysia. Is it affect my score?

    • http://Liz says

      You don’t need to think about grammar or punctuation if you write two independent words (numbers) for an answer). You only consider punctuation and grammar with sentence completion. It makes no difference which country you do the test in. You must decide what is most convenient for you.
      Good luck!
      Liz

  39. http://Justyna says

    Dear Liz,
    I am wondering if I would put ’11TH 13TH JULY’ as an answer if that would be correct? (of course I will answer for all previous questions using capital letters). I am waiting for your answer, my exam is on Saturday. Best regards

  40. http://Fraz says

    Its a very helping video…thanks for sharing Liz..

  41. http://Divya says

    Hai
    I had written ielts 3 times and I am getting a only 6.5 for writing but I need a score of 7. How can I achieve it. I don’t know were I am going wrong and loosing my score. I am very depressed about it. Pls give your valuable suggestions.

  42. http://Xue%20Zhang says

    I have a question. 5) People “don” ………… for the festival. What does “don” mean?

    • http://Liz says

      All words are explained in the Useful Vocabulary tag – it is with the answers and transcript, please take a look.
      Liz

  43. http://ankush says

    hey liz u r doing a great job. i am doing ielts in an ielts centre and after consulting ur lesson i am getting almost 35 to 37 scores in listening, thanks alot

  44. http://Romeo says

    This is incredible lesson. I find this lesson is really fascinating and appealing. I would like you to make a lesson when it comes to custom. Actually, I live in Myanmar (Burma) which is well-known among the tourists due to the fact that its natural resources as well as politics. You probably know about water festival which is one of the most popular customs not only local people but also among tourists. It seems to me that it is lovely culture and fun. For this reason, I would like you to make a lesson for that. Could you make a lesson for that, please if you don’t mind? Thank you teacher. You are remarkable teacher.

    • http://Liz says

      Thanks. It’s a great idea. Although I have never celebrated the Water Festival in Burma, I have celebrated it in Laos with a local family. I will put it on my list of lessons to make 🙂
      All the best
      Liz

  45. http://Ron says

    Hi Liz,

    Do I still score if I use paraphrase answers?

  46. http://zeynab says

    thanks alot dear liz

  47. thankyou litz for the great job u r doing.pleas post more for listening and reading ideas .

    • http://Liz says

      I’m really glad you enjoy these lessons. Yes, I will definitely put more up 🙂

      • http://Rocky says

        Very educative for ielts listening purpose.. Plz add more which helps in listning skills,expecially for listening 3rd nd 4th section.

  48. http://Catherine says

    Hi Liz,
    For the questions under the listening practice Mongolian Nadaam Festival, question 4. Can the answer also be “skillful men”?. And question 5, shouldn’t the preposition “in” appear before colourful dressing?

    • http://Liz says

      I’ve add that answers as another option. For the verb “don”, it is used without a preposition. “to don clothing”.
      Liz

  49. http://Angel says

    I answered skillful men in question 4. would that also be correct?

  50. http://Cobby says

    Hello Liz,

    Can i apply for an admission in a university in Australia With ONLY IELTS or there are other requirements i am going to Need??

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