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“One of the things that caught our attention when we got to Australia was people’s accent. At first, we found it quite difficult to understand the locals.”

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Listen to examples of Australian speakers. Now go to the following link and listen to Rebecca and Todd speaking about Australia. Then complete the activity below.

AV – Pregunta de Elección Múltiple

  1. Example
  2. There are various cultures coexisting in Australia
  3. Australia is not a multi-cultural country
  4. Both cities and rural areas are multi-cultural in Australia
  1. Rebecca thinks…
  2. Nature in Australia is comparable to nature in most countries
  3. Nature in Australia is unique
  4. Nature in Australia is not usually found in other countries
  1. Rebecca mentions…
  2. All beaches in Australia are commonly very populated
  3. Not all beaches in Australia are populated
  4. All beaches in Australia are isolated
  1. When Rebecca was a child…
  2. She spent a whole summer travelling around Australia
  3. She spent some time travelling during the school year
  4. She used to travel around Australia every year
  1. Rebecca says…
  2. Australia is mostly desert
  3. Australia is mostly mountains
  4. Australia is mostly forests
  1. Rebecca’s favourite place could be…
  2. A crowded beach where she would be able to practice water sports
  3. A crowded island where she would be able to practice water sports
  4. A not too crowded beach where she would be able to practice water sports

Once you have finished the listening activity, you can listen again and read the script.




‘Stefano had carefully selected some songs to listen to during our trip to Australia, all of them by Australian singers.’


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Caso de estudio

1) Listen to the following song while you read its lyrics

2) Then write a list of words in the song that contain the sounds : /i/ /i:/

/i/: this, interstate, keeping, since, in, trying, need, think, feeling, still, we (weak form), wishing, nothing.

/i:/: sleep, keeping, been, freedom, need, reasons, leave, feel, sweep, feeling, seems, we (strong form)

Caso de estudio

Now look at the words. Are they all on your list?




this, interstate, sleep, keeping, since, in, been, trying, freedom, need, reasons, think, me, leave, feel, sweep, feeling, seems, still, we, wishing, nothing

Caso de estudio

Listen to the following pairs of words. Can you hear the difference?



 1. a. keep  /ki:p/  1.b. kip  /kɪp/
 2. a. sleep  /sli:p/  2.b. slip  /slɪp/
 3. a. been  /bi:n/  3.b. bin  /bɪn/
 4. a. leave  /li:v/  4.b. live  /lɪv/
 5. a. feel  /fi:l/  5.b. fill  /fi:l/
 6. a. seem  /si:m/  6.b. sim  /sɪm/

Now listen and choose the word you hear, a or b.





  1. a. keep
  2. b. slip
  3. b. bin
  4. a. leave
  5. b. fill
  6. a. seem



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Music is a great means to learn and perfect your English. Try listening to songs while you read the lyrics, this will help you improve your listening skills, as well as your pronunciation. Songs are a great source of new vocabulary, too.

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