Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


my english is very badd(((

I can't find the preparation task, can you help me please.

Hello Samar Ahmed,

The Preparation task is located between the Instructions and the audio player. If you click or press on the word Preparation, the green bar should expand to reveal the exercise. If you can't see that, I'd recommend trying to view the page in a different browser -- this should let you see it. But if not, please let us know what browser version you're using.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am a high school student who is waiting for my exam results. I would like to ask for an advice. I am going to further my studies in a college and my English level is B1~B2. How can I improve my English level to a better level in terms of communication, listening, speaking and writing skills?

Hello Racheal,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! Obviously, it's hard for me to give you individual advice as I don't know your particular strengths and weaknesses. However, I can give you some general advice.

First of all, please take a look at our Getting Started section, which you can find here. It has a lot of information about the site, where to find different things and how to best use our materials.

Second, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which you can find here. You'll find tips and advice there on particular aspects of learning English, such as improving grammar, writing, speaking and so on.

Third, please take a look at this page, which has a table of materials so you can search for material at a given level, on particular topic or dealing with a particular language point.

You can use the comments sections on each page to ask any questions you have. We are a small team here and can't provide individual lessons, but we can answer specific questions if you have any problems or need any further help.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. Your informations are very informative.

Hello Peter
I have a little question about the listening task number 1 (yes, I am the only man in the world that read and do these tasks!!). Last sentence of that exercise is: "Woodrow names two languages from Asia as being useful." I answered "true", but it is uncorrect answer, because then I read the transcript the passage where the recruiter said: "Spanish is useful, Russian, Mandarin Chinese too ..."
Ok, Russian is not an "asian" language, but is this the kind of questions that I will really meet during a Ielts listening test? I'm quite frightened...
thanks in advance, bye

Hello Gallo78,

International tests such as IELTS are quite careful to make sure that their questions and tasks are focused on the language rather than other knowledge - such as geographical knowledge - so you are unlikely to find this kind of question in a test like that. After all, it would be quite unfair to fail someone in a language exam because they don't know geography!

For examples of the kinds of questions you can find in these kinds of tests you might take a look at our site for IELTS candidates - Take IELTS. You'll find sample materials there and descriptions of the types of questions included.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mr. Peter,

I would like to ask you for advice. In about one month I will have an interview (I applied for a scholarship for doctoral studies in chemistry). My English is good, but I still have problems in communication. Can you please give me an advice what is the best way to improve my communication skills in this not so long time period? How to prepare myself for such an interview? Every your advice will be helpful to me.

Thank you in advance.

Kindest regards,

Hello Belma,

I'd recommend you listen to a lot of English. Our Big City Small World series and Elementary Podcasts have lots of conversational English that you can listen to, and there are some videos in Writing for a purpose that could also be useful. (There's also an app for Elementary Podcasts if that interests you.)

I'd also recommend searching YouTube for 'how to prepare for an academic interview' – I'm sure you can find some good sources there as well. Finally, our Facebook page has lots of useful advice on improving your speaking which might also be useful to you.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team