IELTS Listening Exercise #9

Tips for IELTS Listening

It is likely that you will hear telephone numbers in the IELTS Listening test. It is a good idea to learn natural ways of saying telephone numbers, as this will help you to notice and write the numbers correctly. Letís look at how telephone numbers are typically pronounced in British English. For example: 4241 660124

  • The number 0 is usually pronounced oh. You are less likely to hear zero in British English.
  • Each number is said separately. In the example above, 4241 would be pronounced four, two, four, one Ė not forty-two, forty-one.
  • When the same two numbers appear together, they are typically pronounced using the word double. In the example above, 660 would be pronounced double six, oh.
  • When the same three numbers appear together, we typically say the first number separately, and the second and third numbers with double. For example, the number 888 would typically be pronounced eight, double eight.
  • There is usually a pause after groups of three or four numbers. The telephone number 4241 660124 would typically be pronounced four, two, four, one / double six, oh / one, two, four. We sometimes group the first five numbers of a mobile phone number together. For example, the mobile phone number 06922 214 876 would typically be pronounced oh six nine double two / two one four / eight seven six.

Questions 1-6

Listen and choose the correct telephone numbers.

Questions 7-12

Listen and write the telephone numbers that you hear.

Mobile number:

Telephone number:

Telephone number:

Telephone number:

Telephone number:

Landline number:


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