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

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 or 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. 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.

  2. 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 ?

  3. Nabeel Mazahr says:

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

  4. Dama Amarnadh 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:

  5. 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?

  6. Ramsimran Singh 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

  7. 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 ?

  8. Sreelatha rajesh says:

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

  9. 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

  10. Hi Liz.

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

  11. 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??

  12. 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

    • 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

      • 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

  13. Sanjay (from Saigon) 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

  14. Muhammed Shamsuddin 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.

  15. Ruqaiyya Amin says:

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

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

  17. 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

  18. Muhammed Shamsuddin 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

  19. Muhammed Shamsuddin 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 .

  20. 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?

    • 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

  21. 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

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

  23. 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.

  24. Xue Zhang says:

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

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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

    • 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

  27. Hi Liz,

    Do I still score if I use paraphrase answers?

  28. thanks alot dear liz

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

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

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

  30. 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?

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

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

  32. 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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