Listening Practice for English Names

These two listening practices focuses on listening for English names. This practice is important for students preparing for their IELTS test as well as other students studying English or planning to move to the UK.

Below are TWO LISTENING PRACTICE EXERCISES FOR NAMES.

You will find more useful tips for IELTS listening, after the practice exercise, lower on this page.

Instructions for Listening Practice

You should listen to the recordings and write down the names you hear.

Before you listen, please make sure you watch English Names Tips for Listening Video.

  • Don’t forget to listen for titles. Some will have titles and other won’t. If there is a title, you must write it.
  • Write down the complete name given.
  • Some names will be spelled and others will not.
  • You can learn some common English names here: Boys Name and Girls Names
  • All free listening practice and tips: IELTS Listening Main Page

Capital letters: Please see this page: Using capital letters in IELTS

Listening Practice for Names 1

You will hear 10 names. Listen and write down what you hear.

 

Answers

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Answers
  1. David Darwin
  2. Mrs Alice Smith
  3. Balthazar Jones
  4. Sara Bartholomew
  5. Sean Bean
  6. Mr Frank Allenson
  7. A R Beevers
  8. James Chichester
  9. Mary Schooling
  10. Sir Paul McKellen

 

Listening Practice for Names 2

You now have a chance to listen again to 10 new names. Think about the mistakes you made in the previous practice and see if you can improve.

 

Answers

Click below to reveal the answers:

Answers
  • Dr Davis
  • Richard Chamberlain
  • Miss Victoria Halley
  • Mr C J Billings
  • Robert Powers
  • Emily Jackson
  • Nora Ingalls
  • Mrs Caroline Castle
  • Charles Pringle
  • Emma Ford

Capital letters are not needed and are not marked so don’t worry if you use them or not. See this page: IELTS Exam FAQ

 

More IELTS Listening Practice

To get more tips and also free listening practice. See my MAIN IELTS LISTENING PAGE

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Comments

  1. pradip kafle says:

    HY liz, is it compulsary to write preposition ..
    for eg;( in) morning or
    (the) train
    ( at) 5pm……

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  2. Oguzhan Konca says:

    Hi Liz,
    First of all, I always use your materials while studying and my biggest weakness which is confused spelling between ‘a, e, i’. Can you add more practices to spelling names?
    Thank you

  3. Really Helpful!

  4. Hi Liz.
    For names with initials is it acceptable to write A. R. Beevers instead of A R Beevers?

    • Sure, it’s fine to use dots.

      • Hi Liz,

        In one of your listening lesson, you mentioned clearly to use dots(.) between initials of Name; whereas here you are referring initials without dots are also fine? Can you please let me know your concluding remarks about how to write initials ?

        Thanks in advance.

  5. Got 9/10. However the tenth question is dicey. The Sir and Paul sounds like one word. So I thuoght I heard “Sapple”

  6. Hi Liz,
    Which is the correct one?
    cultural center/ cultural centre
    Which spelling is preferable in writing the answer for listening test?

  7. Ahsan Rony says:

    Thanks a lot…….

  8. I have 1 mistake in the second recording
    I wrote Cassel instead of Castle 🙁
    thanks for this tutorials
    very helpful

  9. Naresh Talari says:

    Dear liz

    I have one doubt, in your recording for practicing names you have mentioned Sara Barthooomew, whereas in the answer sheet it’s Sara Bartholomew.

    Can you help me on this aspects.
    Rectify me if I am wrong.

  10. your second record improved my listening skill before first recording and i wrote all names with clear spells. Thank you very much. And i am following all your videos to make sure that i can do this. preparing my self ..
    thank you once again Mam liz <3

  11. Jane George says:

    Hi Liz,
    Is it okay to use a period in front of Mrs., or Mr.? For example, Mrs. Caroline .Or does is have to be Mrs Caroline

  12. Hello Liz, thank you for creating an extremely useful website. I took some listening tests from British council’s website. When they spell out a word(in British accent), the ‘a’ exactly like ‘i’. I wonder why they pronounce ‘a’ like ‘i’, although I understand that this happens because I am not very used to British accent. So in my answer sheet i wrote ‘Miteo’ and ‘Helendile’ while the actual answers were Mateo and Helendale. So, I am guessing my answer would be marked wrong, right?

    • Spelling mistakes will mean the answer is marked wrong. Sorry. They are both extremely unusual names and even I wouldn’t be sure how to spell them.

  13. Taranjeet kaur says:

    Hello mam,
    If i am using all capital letters in listening then what i need to use for mr, miss etc. Do i need to use like this. MISS TARAN . Is it correct.

    Thank you..

  14. Klint Gino Cutarra says:

    I will finish practicing all listening lessons and this one’s the first.
    My results – I got A score in practice 2 even I doubted the spelling of Emma if it has one M or two Ms but I trusted my gut and made Emma Watson as an example. For practice 1, I misspelled one (family)name and that is McKellean. Lesson here is I need to be attentive next time.

    Thanks Liz and more powers!

  15. Hi Liz,

    I find your website very useful. I have my exam in a few days.

    I just wanted to ask when are we supposed to use ‘Ms’ before a female’s name and when are we supposed to use ‘Miss’? Till now, I considered them one and the same.

    Thanks a lot for your help, and keep up the fantastic job of selflessly helping others!

  16. Varnika Tyagi says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for sharing great inputs. These sessions are really helpful, especially when we have limited time to prepare. I have a query on titles- Can Ms be an alternative for Miss?

  17. thank you liz for the information.
    if in the exam i write ” EMILLY” instead of ” EMILY”. will that be considered wrong??

    • If there is an official spelling of the name “Emily” with two Ls, then your answer would be acceptable.

  18. Thank you Liz… I’d like to know IELTS stand on names with controversial spellings…. The single L versus double L debates in names like Philip, Allison, Marshal, Elliot, Russell, Michelle, Lilly, Collin and so on. There are other names in this category such as Mathew vs Matthew… What do we do in instances where we don’t know the ‘right’ spelling

    • If the name is not spelled out, you will be able to use any official spelling of the name – single or double “L”.

  19. Tharaka says:

    Dear Teacher,
    Thank you very much.
    This Site very useful for me.

    Tharaka from Sri Lanka.

  20. Mirza Rakib says:

    OH dear,
    This website is very essential to me.I have learnt so many things from there…specially thanks to u Liz Madam

  21. Mirza Rakib says:

    OH dear,
    This website is very essential to me.I have learn so many things from there…specially thanks to u Liz Madam

  22. Ali Raza says:

    Dear Liz,
    I want to ask you something,i am going to take IELTS test next month.And i speak with stammer,i mean to say that i speak with stop and atop.Because it’s my tongue problem,i can’t speak with fluently.Please tell me it’s will create a band problem or not??
    please tell me i am so confused☺️

  23. Hey Liz,
    Can you please clear if writing down Dr. Mr. or Mrs. is right? or we do not need to put a full stop after Dr Mr or Mrs?
    also is it right to write Ms. Vitoria Halley instead of Miss Victoria Halley?

  24. Hi Liz,

    I tried another browser and I was able to complete second test. Thanks for you fabulous website 🙂

  25. Hi Liz,

    The second recording keeps stopping at minute 1:37. Unfortunately, I am not able to complete this test. My connection is fine, but I don’t know what is wrong. Thanks for your valuable learning website.

  26. Hey Its great ,i am little deaf but im using a hearing aid but i find it very hard to score more than 10 in listening task is there any way i could improve my score ? Thank you

    • If the problem is hearing, does it help to increase the volume? In the test, you can ask for the volume to be increased. If this is a medical condition, contact your local test center and discuss the situation with them.

  27. Hi LiZ
    Many thanks for creating this website , I sat my test yesterday ,speaking I had topic about advertisement and in writing pat 2-it was about why do criminals continue doing crime after their stay in prison ,what could be done to avoid them,I approached they way you discussed it ,it worked like a charm ,keep up the good work

  28. hi,
    LIZ i want to appear in IELTS test at the end of the APRIL 2017, my reading and writing skills are not good please help me.
    thank you.
    regards aroosha

  29. LIBIN JOHN says:

    dear Liz
    your each topic was so useful for me , i am now learning from your site only. can you describe pie chart and other comparison chats for academic writing task 1

  30. Hi Liz you’ve been of great help. I’ve been following you for quite sometime and almost achieved my desired score but couldn’t make it in listening as I was prepared to appear only through the headsets. But ironically had to answer with hall speakers.
    My scores were L7 R7 W7.5 S7
    I’m reappearing for 8th April’s test hopefully will get my desired scores.
    Thank you for your support. You are doing a great job.

    • You’ve done so well getting these results. Well done! It’s never good to go to a test center which uses loud speakers – it’s very distracting and often not good quality. Hopefully you can find a better test center and get the results you need. Good luck 🙂

      • Niranjan Mehendale says:

        Hello Liz and Sameera,

        I have booked my test on 8th April at center ALI in Montreal, Canada.
        I came to know from my friend that in this center, they do not provide individual headsets and listening is done in the hall with a speaker common to all test takers. Also, hall room is not enough isolated to avoid disturbances from outside.

        Is it valid? If it is not where we can make a note or complain?

        Niranjan

        • Unfortunately some test centers still use lour speakers instead of headphones. This is a reason why it is important to check other test centers and make the choices that suit you.

  31. Dear Liz,
    Want to thank you for your wonderful work! , I stick with you for few months and I am glad I have made my desired score (li= 8.5, sp= 7.0, wr= 7.5, re= 7.0)

  32. Thanks for this recording. I did a single mistake in
    Recorder 1 but in 2 I made 3 mistakes.

  33. Nga Nguyen thi thanh says:

    Thank you so much!

  34. Thank you teacher Liz.

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