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.


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

Listening Practice for Names 1

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



Click below to reveal the 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

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


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.



Click below to reveal the 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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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?


        • 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.

  6. 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)

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

  8. Nga Nguyen thi thanh says:

    Thank you so much!

  9. Thank you teacher Liz.

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