English Listening Exercises for B2 – Trip of a lifetime

1. Match 1-10 with a-j to make travel collocations.

1) get

2) go

3) taste

4) put up

5) light

6) do

7) have

8) help

9) travel

10) sleep

a a local dish

b off the beaten track

c the tent

d a campfire

e away from it all

f with your bags

g a lovely view

h some volunteer work

i rough

j light

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1) e   2) b    3) a    4) c    5) d    6) h    7) g    8) f    9) j    10) i

2. Complete the text with travel collocations from exercise 1.


Iceland is wild and exciting and you can really forget about home and just 2) _____. in this breathtaking environment. Stay in some of our lovely little hotels and you can 3) _____. of ice-capped mountains from your window. Then join us to go whale watching, or fishing in frozen lakes. You can 4) _____. on the lakeshore to cook your freshly caught fish and take a sleeping bag to sleep under the stars! Or you can 5) _____. in one of the many wonderful restaurants, if you prefer. Afterwards, you can relax outside in a volcanic hot tub!

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1) go off the beaten track   2) get away from it all

3) have a lovely view   4) light a campfire   5) taste a local dish

Listening Strategy

Listen carefully for who the speakers are and where they might be. This will help you to identify the context of the conversation, and also to find out what the speakers’ purpose is.

3. Read the Listening Strategy. Listen to four conversations and make notes on the topics below.

a Where is each person?

1) _____.

2) _____.

3) _____.

4) _____.

b What kind of relationship is it?

1) _____.

2) _____.

3) _____.

4) _____.

c What is the approximate time of day of the conversation?

1) _____.

2) _____.

3) _____.

4) _____.

d What is the outcome of the conversation?

1) _____.

2) _____.

3) _____.

4) _____.

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a   1 cafe, office   2) shop   3) at home   4) hotel / holiday apartment

b  1 boyfriend – girlfriend / wife – husband,   2) friends / sisters   3) mother and son   4) brothers

c   1 evening   2) lunch time / late morning,   3) early evening / dinner time   4) early afternoon

d They are going to eat before going to the cinema.   2) They are going for an early lunch.   3) The rucksack is in the attic / the boy can go camping.   4) The boys will have another ice cream before leaving for the airport.



Woman John, where are you? I’ve been waiting here at Dino’s for half an hour. I’ve already had two coffees!

Man Darling, did you not get text message earlier? I’m so sorry. I’m just out of the meeting – it went on and on – and then I was asked to write up the meeting notes! I’m just finishing up now.

W Well, we’ve missed the 6.30 film. The next showing is two hours after that, I think. Can you get here soon so that we can get a bite to eat first?

m Of course. I’m on way now.


a Oh, that’s lovely. Turn around? ___ Oh, yes. You should definitely get that for your holiday.

b You think so? OK, but I’ve got to stop buying stuff now. I’m supposed to be travelling light for this trip!

a That will be the first time, then! Anyway, I’ve had enough now too. Fancy a coffee, or a bit of lunch, even? It’s a bit early, I know, but I’m really hungry.

Girl 2 Me too. Why not? Come on.


Boy Mum, have you seen rucksack?

Mum I think it’s in the attic. What do you want it for?

b Well, Andy and his family have invited me to go camping next weekend. It’s OK if I go, isn’t it?

m Of course, but please get all your homework done during the week!

b Will do, Mum! Hey, what’s for dinner? I’m starving.

m Chicken. But have a snack now if you want. It won’t be ready for another hour at least.


a I wish we could stay another week.

b I know. It’s brilliant here, isn’t it? I love the pool, and the beach, and the food.

a And the ice cream is fantastic!

b Yeah, I wish we could have one more before we go.

a Dad says we’ve got to pack our suitcases. Maybe if we hurry up, we can get one before the bus arrives.

b When’s that, then?

a I don’t know. 4.00? The flight’s at 7.30, I think. Come on. Let’s pack.

4. Add just in the correct place in the sentences.

1) I have a short time. ________________

2) Could you close the door? ________________

3) I got to the train in time. ________________

4) It’s amazing! ________________

5) He has left. ________________

6) We have to buy milk now. ________________

7) This film’s so funny! ________________

8) Could you repeat your name? ________________

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1) I just have a short time.   2) Could you just close the door?

3) I got to the train just in time.   4) It’s just amazing!

5) He has just left.   6) We just have to buy milk now.

7) This film’s just so funny!   8) Could you just repeat your name?

5. Match the purpose of using just (a-d) with sentences 1-8 in exercise 4.

a for emphasis ____ .  ____ .

b to mean only ____ .  ____ .

c for politeness ____ .  ____ .

d to mean close to the time ____ .  ____ .

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a 4, 7   b 1, 6   c 2, 8   d 3, 5

6. Listen to the conversation. Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?

1) The conversation is happening in a restaurant.

2) John reacts to both of Ella’s suggestions with decisiveness.

3) Ella would prefer to spend the day sightseeing.

4) John is worried the bus might be too hot.

5) Ella’s attitude is that you should make the most of a trip away.

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1) F   2) F   3) T   4) T   5) T


Ella John? Are you ready? Come on, let’s get down early for breakfast for once or all the best food will be gone. What do you feel like doing today? I’m not sure I want to spend another day lying around.

John You don’t? Well, I don’t really know, in that case. Any ideas? I really don’t mind, Ella, to be honest.

Ella OK. Well, do you fancy going on a tour?

John What kind of tour?

Ella There are a couple on offer today. There’s a tour of the island, but it’s a water tour! You go on a small boat to different beaches on the island and you can picnic, swim and go snorkelling.

John Sounds great. What’s the other one?

Ella We could visit an ancient historical site on the coast. It’s called the Knossus. It’s really well preserved and it’s important in the island’s history and the country’s history as a whole.

John Sounds interesting! Well, as I say, I don’t mind. Which would you rather do?

Ella To be honest, we’ve been doing a lot of swimming and that sort of thing since we got here, which is wonderful, I agree. But I fancy learning about some of the island’s history. Let’s face it, Greece has a lot of it!

John It also has a lot of sea! But why not? It’ll make a nice change. Too much relaxing is a bad thing!

Ella The site is overlooking the sea. It’ll still be relaxing – just in a different way.

John Sure, bus journeys are always relaxing! How long is the trip?

Ella It takes all day.

John Really? I thought you were going to say a couple of hours. Are you sure? How far away is this place?

Ella It’s on the other side of the island. Don’t tell me you’re changing your mind now!

John Let’s hope the bus is air-conditioned, that’s all I’m saying.

Ella Of course it will be. Anyway, we’ll ask when we book it. There are still places. I’ve checked. And we’ll have to hurry up with breakfast. The coach leaves from the car park in an hour.

John OK. If you’re really sure you want to go.

Ella Oh, come on. We’ve done nothing all week!

John I thought that was the whole point of holidays – doing nothing. Relaxing.

Ella I think the point of them is to go somewhere different and to see lots of different things! Oh, go on, please come. There’s no point in going alone.

John I didn’t say I wasn’t coming! You go and book the tickets and I’ll have an ice cream to fortify self for the long journey ahead!

Ella Great.

Extra exercises


In a multiple-matching task, the words used in the recordings will usually not match the words used in the questions. Before you listen, think about the words and phrases a speaker might use to express the ideas in the options in a different way.

1. Read the Strategy and find phrases in the questions in exercise 2 that could be paraphrased with the phrases below.

1) ask for help   ________

2) wasn’t getting on with   ________

3) head home earlier than planned   ________

4) didn’t bother taking   ________

5) gave up using   ________

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1) call for assistance   2) didn’t feel comfortable with

3) cut their holiday short   4) omitted to pack

5) wasn’t able to use

2. You will hear four speakers talking about their experiences of camping. Match questions A-E with speakers 1-4. There is one extra question.

Which speaker ___

a didn’t feel comfortable with the people they were with?

b wasn’t able to use all of the facilities they were provided with?

c omitted to pack something essential for the trip?

d had to call for assistance in the middle of the night?

e was forced to cut their holiday short?

Speaker 1: ___

Speaker 2: ___

Speaker 3: ___

Speaker 4: ___

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1) B   2) A   3) E   4) C



I’m not that fond of camping, to be honest, so when parents told me we were going on a camping holiday with aunt and uncle and cousins, I wasn’t very pleased. I felt better when I was told that they’d booked cabins instead of tents and I actually quite enjoyed the first day. That is, until I was washing the dishes after dinner. As I bent over the sink, I suddenly realised there were hundreds of ants marching along the bottom of the cupboard where head was – yuck! After that, we gave up using the kitchen and resorted to eating in the café on the campsite instead.


I used to do a lot of camping with the youth group I belonged to, and I remember one particular holiday when, for some reason or other, I wasn’t getting on with the girls in tent. Anyway, one night we’d all gone to bed and suddenly I felt something moving in sleeping bag. I put hand down inside and pulled out this enormous frog. Fortunately, that kind of thing doesn’t scare me, so I just got up and put it outside of the tent. I thought that one of the girls had probably put it there, but when I asked them in the morning, they denied it.


I always go camping with family to the Gower Peninsula in Wales in the summer – it’s a beautiful area, but the campsite we stay at is basic, to say the least. We take our own food and do all our own cooking, and at night we usually play cards together – it’s all pretty chilled. The only problem is that you can’t rely on the weather in Wales, and it often rains. In fact, one year, it was so windy that our tent blew away while we were inside it trying to sleep. So that was the end of that. All we could do was throw everything into the car and drive home.


I’ve only been camping once, and I’m not planning on doing it again. We were in Madrid at the time, and it was so hot that we needed to get away. So we got hold of a tent and drove to a campsite in the mountains that a friend had recommended. We didn’t bother taking sleeping bags, because we didn’t think we would need them. How wrong we were! That night we froze! While the temperature during the day was around 30°, it went below 10° at night and we ended up sleeping in the car with the heating on. The next day, we booked ourselves into the nearest hotel for a few days.