Answers for Salt Listening Paraphrases

Below you will find:

  • the questions
  • the audio recording
  • the transcript
  • the answers

to the listening for paraphrases exercise about Salt.

Try listening to the recording again and read the transcript at the same time. If you can speak out loud by following my voice, it will help your speaking skills and pronunciation ūüôā


Write down the paraphrases in the recording for the following words:

  1. acquired
  2. familiar with
  3. thousands of years
  4. animal skins
  5. limited
  6. originates
  7. world



Early human hunters obtained their salt from eating animal meat. As they turned to agriculture and their diet changed, they found that salt (maybe as sea water) gave vegetables the same salty flavour they were accustomed to with meat.¬†Over many millennia, they learned how salt helped to preserve food, heal wounds and also cure hides.¬† Nomadic bands would have carried salt with them and traded it with other bands for different goods.¬†In Ancient Rome, salt was a scarce and expensive commodity, and soldiers were even partly paid in salt which is where the word “salary” comes from. The history of salt can be seen to have had a great impact on many aspects of life and culture across the globe.

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  1. acquired = obtained
  2. familiar with = accustomed to
  3. thousands of years = millennia
  4. animal skins = hides
  5. limited = scarce
  6. originates = comes from
  7. world = globe

Comments from Liz

I’m glad you found this lesson useful. The lesson had easy answers and also difficult answers, such as the word “hides”. I hope through these exercises, you will improve your ability to hear paraphrases and also develop your vocabulary. I will make more of these lessons for you ūüôā



  1. Very helpful

  2. Dear Liz,

    Thank you for your teachings…

  3. Liz deserves an applause!

  4. Ogbodu Emmanuel

    You are too good. I love your teaching method

  5. Great work Liz, thank you.

  6. your way of teaching is very useful


  8. Ibrahima Bella BAH says

    Thank you for this fruitful and convenient listening tip.

  9. Bloky Mose says

    Is it okay if I make a little grammatical error? Because I answered the questions with:
    1. Obtain instead of obtained
    2. accustom instead of accustom to
    3. millenia instead of millennia
    4. come from instead of comes from

    ūüôĀ ?

  10. This post help me quickly get acquentant with IELTS listening. Thanks.

  11. Thank you Liz,this is so helpful

  12. Thanks for the practice, its very helpful

  13. Hi, Liz. Please,give me tips to improve my speaking,because I do not have any speaking partner. thanks beforehand.

  14. Thanks, we only get the best from you Liz. Please keep up the good work

  15. It is really helpful. Thanks a lot Madam. We will become stronger following this sort of listening .ūüŹĚ

  16. Thanks Liz, it’s really helpful.

  17. Srinivasa Rao M says

    It is very useful.
    Thanks a lot Liz.

  18. laxman ram says

    Thanks Liz. for beautiful explanation….

    it is really awesome and brainstorming to do practices of vocabulary

  19. Hi Liza.
    Thank you for good advice.

  20. prescanner says

    Liz please keep it on it’s so tasty

  21. prescanner says

    Nice thanks

  22. Hi Liz It is a very useful lesson. I klow you are a professor in IELTS. Your knowledge and skills are very beneficial in helping people in their Ielts tests. I just wonder where we can find paraphrasing exercises in listening? I believe it is a question many people want to ask. Hope you spend some time to answer the question.

    • I don’t understand your question? You can find extra lessons on my main listening page accessed through the red bar at the top of the website. Paraphrasing is a skill (not a question) in the IELTS test. You need the skill of paraphrasing to spot answers to questions in the test.

  23. Thank you It is really helpful and the word”hides” is new for me.

  24. Jennifer Monks says

    got it all except for hides which I didn’t know it also means skins. Thanks that is one word I learned today.

  25. Amara Ibeawuchi says

    It was quite helpful! Thanks Liz. I appreciate this.

  26. Fasina niyi says

    Thank you Liz

  27. Ogbagha glory says

    Thanks Liz, this is really helpful. Please can I get any materials for writing task 2? I really do not how to write an essay.

  28. Well Done Mrs Liz continue

  29. I missed hide

  30. Thanks Liz

  31. It was really very helpful lesson for paraphrasing listening and speaking too.

  32. Liz,
    Guess I mark 5 out of 7 with these answers?
    1. obtained
    2. accustomed (missed “to”)
    3. millenia (misspelled an n there)
    4. hides
    5. scarce
    6. comes from
    7. globe

  33. Rawia Obida says

    Thank you so much Liz,its really helpful. I am little bit frustrated and I think I need more practice .
    Thanks again

  34. Nurudeen Yusuf says

    Thank you Liz

    It is really useful

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