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Spelling Practice for IELTS Listening: City Names

Spelling practice for city names and other place names, such as towns. Improve your listening and spelling by listening to the spelling of particular places and writing down the letters you hear. This is important practice for IELTS listening section 1.

Writing down the letters you hear. The place names will be given and then spelled. Each place name will be spelled only once. There are 15 place names to write down.

Listen & Write: 15 Town & City Names


  1. Birmingham
  2. Carlisle
  3. Chichester
  4. Leicester
  5. Peterborough
  6. Truro
  7. Wolverhampton
  8. Amersham
  9. Framlingham
  10. Gillingham
  11. Goole
  12. Ormskirk
  13. Painswick
  14. Rochdale
  15. Sawbridgeworth



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  1. Moiza Mahmood says:

    Thank you liz for these useful practice, I didn’t expect that I will get all of them correctly.
    My test is on 26th April, I hope I will do best!

    Kind regards,

  2. Femi Adams says:

    It is an amazing job you do here. I love you Liz.

  3. Radityo Pangestu says:

    Hello, Liz..
    I have a problem in spelling part.
    In my first language, ‘e’ is pronounced ‘ei’ (like ‘a’ in English) and ‘i’ is pronounced ‘iy’ (like ‘e’ in English). How do I fix this since I find it difficult to switch my mind from my own language to English when I interpret those letter.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Liz! A quick question. I attempted the listening test for town and city names. There were three of them that even though the spelling was correct, i jut wrote the word in 2 words rather than one word. For instance, Sawbridgeworth. I wrote it as Saw Bridge Worth. Similarly Wolverhampton as Wolver Hampton. So in IELTS will i lose one whole mark for writing the name as a two word rather than one? Because the concerning thing for me is, shouldn’t more emphasis be given on the “spelling” of the city/town’s name rather than it being written as 1 or 2 word? Thats all. Guess it wasn’t a quick question!

    • It would be marked wrong if you didn’t write it as one word. However, this is not a test. It is a practice lesson so you can learn how to improve.

  5. Álvaro López says:

    Thank you. I thought I had a good listening level but spelling is surprisingly hard to me. It’s an amazing practice this audio.

  6. Jaroslav Henzely says:

    Thank You. This is exactly what I have been looking for !

  7. Aafsanna Kamrul says:

    OMG .. Got All 15 Correct. I was a bit confused on Goole And Peterborough, But wrote them correctly as i checked the answers. Thank you so much LIZ, You are like a life saver for people preparing for IELTS Exam. Stay blessed.

  8. Klint Gino Cutarra says:

    My result(s) – I misspelled Peterborough. Instead, I made it as Peterporough. P and B are jumbled.

    Thanks Liz and more powers!

  9. Liz,

    What if no 5 is written as Peter Borough instead as peterborough?


  10. OMG you spell so fast, why you don’t upload 3 levels, beginers, normal and this one that is insane, i only was able to take the first 4-6 letters.
    So frustrating

  11. Nidhi Priya says:

    No.11 spell as Gwle but the answer is Goole.Please confirm?

  12. Really helpful, got 15/15

  13. Thanks Liz, you are awesome.

  14. Hi Liz,
    Thank you very much for your valuable tips. I’m totally confused whether to USE CAPITAL LETTERS IN SENTENCE COMPLETION TYPE questions also. Please reply me. My exam is in next month.

  15. Hi Liz
    Thank you for this useful exercises for Listening. I got 14/15 for this practice. I missed the letter E in Chichester.

  16. IELTS User says:

    Love you Liz

  17. Thank you so much Liz for these tips. i got 13/15 in this practice lesson.

  18. Anıl Hoşcan says:

    You are fabulous Liz, thank you.

  19. Anıl Hoşcan says:

    You are fabulous Liz. Thank you.


  20. Alessandro says:

    I am italian and I do a lot of confusion about A, E and I. They are the most tricky letters for me

  21. Hey Liz, first of all, let me thank you for excellent efforts! All videos are quite useful.

    I have one question.
    Can we write ALL CAPS in Listening module and SMALL in rest of modules?

  22. I have a problem to differentiate between the sound of “p” and “B” 🙁
    do you have any useful tips?

  23. Thankyou so much liz
    take a bow , you’re doing a great job – 14/15
    found it tough !!

  24. Very useful (I was a disaster)…thanks!

  25. Ronald Gonzalez says:

    I’m so glad to find this material, quick question…
    Do you have more records of city names that you can share with me? if not, Can you please do record some more for me?
    I’m training my students on how to catch city names then get their correct spelling by hearing them from English native speakers around the world. I’ve found your records priceless for my class because they’ll help me to upgrade their listening skills before getting them on real conversation with English native speakers over the phone. In exchange, I can share my experience with you in the long run also I want to point out that by doing so, you’ll help me to shape my path as Trainer and I really appreciate that.

  26. Thank you Ms. Liz for your useful lesson. I always get into trouble with I and E because in my native language, there are I and E with the same pronunciation but different characters. But I think in the real test, they spell much faster, which makes it harder

  27. the hardest citynames I’ve ever written. Thank u Liz, 9 out 15

  28. Sundus Shafiq says:

    Hi, Liz
    hope you are fine, you are doing a great job, all the stuff you share is very useful, i am from Pakistan and am also planning to give my ielts in the next month, i will give Ielts Life skill A1 , KINDLY SHARE SOME USEFUL TIPS, AND test pattern for that particular module, i vl b really thankful to you,

  29. Madam I have a big problem with my listening and reading so can you help me this two subjects I have ielts exam in December 2015, I wanna to get good score so this two subjects are difficult to me please help me. Thanks

    • All my tips and lessons are currently on the main listening and reading pages which you can access on the red bar running along the top of this blog. Read all information pages and tips, then start developing your skills with practice.
      All the best

  30. hello madam
    i have a problem in multiple choice
    question in listening and reading

    • Please see the multiple choice video in the listening section. For MC tips for reading, see the information page in the reading section.

  31. Hi Liz,
    I’ve heard that in the listening and reading we can give all answers in capitals. Some say that it’s a good idea to avoid making mistakes(no need to capitalize where needed), but others say that it’s not necessary because answers in lower case are accepted even if the word needs to be capitalized. For example, if the answer is “Green Street”, can we write “green street”?

    • Thank you for your answer!
      So, if we don’t write a capital letter at the start of a proper noun, it’s counted as a wrong answer, am I right?

  32. Hey teacher i wanna knw that tommorow is my ielts test lasty i got less band in writing task so plz help me what i will do best for tommrow teat like give me some ideas.

    • I can only recommend that you do the following:

      1. spend time planning your essay before writing – that includes supporting ideas as well as main points
      2. make sure you are following instructions – if it asks you to discuss then you do so – if it asks for your opinion, you only give your opinion and nothing else
      3. make sure you have answered all issues in the essay question in your essay – there might be more than one
      4. use a range of linking devices accurately
      5. have clear paragraphing – each paragraph must have a clear central point
      6. don’t use vocabulary that you are not 100% sure about – you might know the meaning but do you know how and when the word can be used – don’t take chance.
      7. use accurate language – more mistakes means lower band score
      Wishing you all the best

  33. Hi Liz

    i’m really stimulated by your lessons. Please check my essay for below topic!

    Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged.Others believe that children who are tought to co-opetate rather than compete become more useful adults.
    Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

    In today’s scenario it is undeniable fact that competitions which are passed amongst youngsters are vital.Many people strongly believe that a sense of competition during a childhood should be motivated.However, i generally disagree with this situation and strongly believe that working co-operatively is more useful . This essay will be proved with my opinion.
    To begin with, rewarding for others point of view, it is widely true that working with loneness has more advantages.For example: students who work with their teachers after classes thay can learn more and more things than in classes.In addition to this, they discover their new capability to do extra activities.Moreover,that types of activities make children isolated with their schoolmates or doing works without encourages of their friends makes them bored.
    On the other hand, in our modernized era everything depends on state of the art technologies.There are more circumstances for students who study at schools, collages even universities then previous century.Impact on the ground-breaking devices like smartphones, laptops influence competitiveness of children.For instance: new education system require many demandings from stidents.After that key, they enter the internet and download many useful digital books which are obtained by their teacher.Subsequently, their classmates debate on that books .
    By way of conclusion there are many advantages of a sense of competition.However,i strongly believe that putting in together influences student’s outlook.

  34. baokhanh says:

    Thank teacher,

  35. Dear Madam Liz,
    This lesson is matched with the saying : Looks little works great. I find it very much useful. Though I’ve no hearing problem, I have difficulty in identifying the sound between “B” and “V”. For instance, I couldn’t do it correctly in the city name : Wolverhampton. Please, show me a way so that I won’t have such problem again and again.

    Mohan Angbo

    • Thank you teacher ,
      for the great effort and i did all these correctly
      Even time.numbers until here its look ok, even i did’nt ve the problem to understand the accent too.yet,im scared.

  36. Task 2 essay as”studying History is of little use.Discuss both the views along with your opinion.
    Can you suggest some good points for both the sides .

    • I’m just writing up some ideas for this essay question. I’ll post the ideas as a lesson soon. Follow my blog posts to see it.
      All the best

  37. Hi Liz,
    I have two doubts.
    1. Its about an instruction and an answer in a listening test. The instruction says that we should not “Write more than two words And/OR a Number” and the answer is ” 7 working days”. Is this correct because the answer contains ” A number & two words” which is three in total ?

    2. Which one is correct to write (a) 10 minute (b) 10 minutes or (c) 10 minutes’

    Kindly help me clear my above doubts. I’m preparing for IELTS and have very few days to go.

    Waiting for your answer.

    Thanks in advance,
    Best Wishes,

  38. Hi Liz,

    I watched your videos of Ielts Listening about names of places and persons . I learned so much by them. I also need your help(questions in listening,NO MORE THAN 2 or 3 WORDS. ) regarding: filling the gaps with words like a , the ,s (singular or plural ).Some times it is confusing, whether to use or not.

    • If you are completing a sentence, you must make sure your completed sentence is grammatically correct. If you are only filling notes or forms, then grammar is not important in the answer.

  39. teacher it does not make difference EXAM will be given by AUS / UK its have same formate to exam.

    • The IELTS test is written by Cambridge ESOL and the format is the same all over the world.

      • Thanks for reply,does they use the praphrase technic in listening test coz like in brain draining i couldnt get the whole idea even i cant get ans whether in given ans letter d,e,a.next thing the when they said ans Q #1-4 plz guied me its bit difficult to me thanks.teacher.

        • Paraphrasing is about using different words for the same meaning. This tests your vocabulary range and understanding. Yes, vocabulary is tested in all skills in IELTS.

          • Thank you teacher ,

            • Teacher i m planing immegriation to CA as skilled worker (Nurse).I booked my test by 30the May.so suggest me precious advise what can i do the best.

              • Please read all tips and lessons in each section of this blog. All lessons are free and will help you develop skills for IELTS. However, make sure your English language is at the level you need for the band score you want.
                All the best

  40. Thank You Liz,
    Good Lesson! I made mistake for No 2 & 11, it seems I’m not able to hear alphabet “L” distinctly.
    Please suggest.

    Thanks a lot

  41. Thanks a lot …….You are so helpful Liz…..I am taking ielts preparation by following your link…I need overall 7…..please provide your valuable suggestions which help me for getting my desired score.


    • Please look around this blog as it contains tips and advice for the higher band scores. I’ll also soon be releasing a complete video to buy for writing task 2 opinion essay which is for the higher scores. I’ll post a link when it’s ready.
      All the best

  42. Thank you a million times Liz. I followed through your posts and I passed with a 7.5 overall. I am surely recommending you. Abel Moyo (Zimbabwe)

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