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Talking About Holidays – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on January 15, 2015 , No comments

Where did you go for your last holiday? What did you do, and did you enjoy it? In this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English, a woman talks about her last holiday in Italy. You can learn some useful questions, words and phrases to use when talking about vacations. This lesson is for pre-intermediate and intermediate learners.

Listen to the dialogue at normal speed here:

or listen to a slower version here:

Talking about Holidays – exercise 1
Vocabulary: tourism words and collocations

The dialogue features words and expressions for the experience of going on holiday and also to describe the places that tourists visit. These include collocations – common combinations of words.

For each question, mark the option that you hear in the dialogue.

Talking about Holidays – exercise 2
Grammar: word order in questions

The order of words in questions is one of the most confusing things in English. There are rules to help you – it’s just a bit more complicated than it might be in your language.

Read five rules about word order in questions; for each one, move the words into the right order to make a question that is used in the dialogue.

Talking about Holidays – exercise 3
Pronunciation: understanding stress and intonation

Stress and intonation are both ways in which the sound of what we say depends on meaning, but they’re not the same thing. Do you know the difference?

Listen to five excerpts from the recording and find the matching rule about stress and intonation.

Talking about Holidays – exercise 4
Pronunciation: elision and the glottal stop

When we put words together, some sounds change. One very common example is when the sound /t/ almost disappears – this is called elision.

Listen to five excerpts containing examples of elision and write the missing words.

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