Micro-listening #28

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Dictation | 2 comments

Micro-listening #28

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Dictation | 2 comments

Micro-listenings are quick dictations and drills to help you develop your listening skills.

Listen as many times as you need to, and try to fill in as many gaps as you can.


This clip is from an episode of the Ted Radio Hour podcast, which takes a more in depth look at topics and issues discussed in Ted Talks. This clip is from a very interesting recent episode about time.


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The speaker is talking about how, at various stages as he has got older, he has felt like he has finally become an adult.

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And thing is that happens I'm I'm right this time, that I was wrong .
And the thing is that each it happens I'm pretty I'm right this time, despite the that I was wrong other time.

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...and the amazing thing is that...

Variations of this structure (the weird thing is...the funny thing was...the strangest part is...) are a great way to add emotional emphasis to a specific part of a story or explanation.

...despite the fact that...

A common error that students make when writing is incorrect use of 'despite'.

Remember that 'despite' can be followed by a noun (e.g. despite the rain, we decided to go for a walk), a gerund (e.g. despite arriving late, we didn't miss the start of the film) or 'the fact that + clause' (e.g. despite the fact that I was very tired, I couldn't get to sleep).


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The gaps don’t appear in the page. I can’t see them. It was quite a sadness

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