Extra listening: two interviews, and a story about a swan

Three extracts with multiple choice questions

http://engexam.info/ielts-cae-practice-tests/cae-listening-practice-test-1/

Part of an interview with a woman who works in retail management, a story about a swan, and part of an interview with Bruce Loader, a successful businessman who is talking about his early life.

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I wish / If only

I wish and if only

There are three distinct types of I wish / if only sentences

1 Regrets with the PAST PERFECT (the third conditional)

I wish I hadn’t got so angry.

2 Wanting change for the present or future with the PAST SIMPLE

I wish I had enough money to go to Mozambique this

3 Complaints with WOULD +INFINITIVE

I wish you wouldn’t arrive so late all the time.

You can find some quick exercises here: http://perso.wanadoo.es/autoenglish/gr.wish.p.htm

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-exercise-if-only-I-wish.php

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/es/quick-grammar/wish-and-if-only

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Listening: three extracts (multiple choice)

A multiple choice listening with three extracts: a conversation, a discussion between an anthropologist and a comedian and a radio discussion about holiday reading. Just 8 minutes!!

http://engexam.info/ielts-cae-practice-tests/cae-listening-practice-test-6/

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Listening: Guidebooks

Tim Cole talks about guidebooks for travelling. The exercise includes a multiple choice exercise.

https://virtuaule.com/index.php/ru/cambridge-advanced-exam-cae-listening-tests/cae-listening-test-3.html

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Listening: home sweet home

Four speakers (multiple choice) home in on moving, their dream home, city centre living, and their home.

https://virtuaule.com/index.php/cambridge-advanced-exam-cae-listening-tests/cae-listening-test-1.html

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Gerund or infinitive?

This is a great visual summary:

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Why don’t you practise with songs? Click here

If you want a video explanation there’s a great one on youtube:

For a complete explanation have a look at perfect English grammar.

If you want to test yourself with really quick exercises try exercise 1, exercise 2exercise 3 and exercise 4 (verbs followed by infinitive or gerund) . In this task you won’t have to type anything.  You’ll finish them in the blink of an eye.

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People talking about recent experiences

Five people talk about their recent experiences and how they felt. A multiple matching exercise in just 9 minutes!

http://engexam.info/ielts-cae-practice-tests/cae-listening-practice-test-6/4/

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