Space Oddity by David Bowie — a listening comprehension exercise

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This is another listening comprehension exercise based on the David Bowie song Space Oddity, but the format is different this time: you have to add the missing words within the video itself, not in a separate frame.

You can also stop the playback or even go back if you need to, but you can’t see the whole lyrics on one page. Some of you might find this design easier to work with — I’m interested in your opinion, so please tell me which version you prefer below when you’ve finished the task.

The difficulty of this task is about B2 level (upper-intermediate).

Please click here to share your opinion about the design of this exercise — do you prefer this design or the earlier one?

These are the previous exercises (with a different design — please check them out to compare and vote above) we currently have based on David Bowie’s Space Oddity:

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Space Oddity by David Bowie — fill the gaps: a listening comprehension exercise (2)

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This is another listening comprehension exercise based on David Bowie’s song Space Oddity. Your task here is easier: you just have to choose the missing words from a list.

The difficulty of this exercise is not much higher than B1 level (intermediate) on the CEFR scale because the words are already provided and also because the vocabulary level is not very advanced.

You can stop the video whenever you like if you need more time to find the missing words.

We have already published a couple of exercises based on this classic song but there’s more to follow. Here are the currently available ones:

In the near future there will be more tasks, including reading comprehension and vocabulary exercises.

The Sound of Silence — a listening comprehension exercise

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One of the greatest songs ever written, no doubt. This is a live concert version, recorded in 1981 during the famous Concert in the Park, a free event held in Central Park in New York.

Listen to the song and fill the gaps in the lyrics. You can also get a letter hint if you can’t find a word. Feel free to stop playback any time you need.

The difficulty of this task is probably slightly higher than B2 level (upper-intermediate) because the vocabulary is fairly advanced and the imagery of the lyrics is probably not that easy to comprehend.

We have another listening comprehension exercise based on a Simon & Garfunkel song: The Boxer, which is also very famous.

There will be more exercises built around The Sound of Silence, including vocabulary and reading comprehension tasks as well as various difficulty level listening exercises, so please check back.

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Hello by Adele — a listening comprehension exercise

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Hello is one of Adele’s greatest hits: it broke the Vevo Record by achieving over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span and it reached the number one spot in almost every country.

This is a listening comprehension exercise based on the song: watch the video and complete the lyrics by filling the gaps. Feel free to stop the playback whenever you need to. You can also ask for letter hints if you can’t find a word.

The difficulty of this task is around B2 level (upper-intermediate) as the vocabulary is not too difficult and Adele’s singing voice is fairly easy to understand.

A previous exercise on EnglishFiles.com featured another famous Adele song, Someone Like You.

There will be more exercises based on both these songs, including text reconstruction, reading comprehension and vocabulary exercises, so please check back.

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No Ordinary Love — Sade: a listening comprehension exercise

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This is a listening comprehension exercise based on Sade’s song, No Ordinary Love. Listen to the song and complete the lyrics by filling the gaps with one word in each gap. Feel free to stop (or even rewind) the video whenever you need to.

The difficulty of this task is about intermediate level (B1 on the CEFR scale).

Earlier we showed another exercise based on this same song: this is a text reconstruction task, where you have enter all the words on your own.

More exercises on this song will be coming later, including vocabulary and reading comprehension tasks, so don’t forget to come back.

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Space Oddity by David Bowie — fill the gaps: a listening comprehension exercise

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David Bowie’s Space Oddity is famous for many reasons: for example, it was recorded before the first Moon landing — which is pretty cool, considering its topic. It is also the song that was used for the first ever music video recorded in space, by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Your task here is to listen to the song and complete the lyrics; feel free to stop the video whenever you like.

This listening comprehension exercise is below B2 level on the CEFR scale (about intermediate level).

There will be more exercises based on this song, including vocabulary and reading.

Lou Reed: Perfect Day – gapfill listening comprehension exercise #2

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Your task is to listen to Perfect Day by Lou Reed and complete the lyrics.

This listening comprehension task is slightly more difficult than a similar one based on this same song as there are more gaps here and some of them are a bit difficult.

The difficulty of this exercise is around B2 level on the CEFR scale.

An easier listening comprehension task based on this song is found here: Lou Reed: Perfect Day – a listening comprehension exercise.

You will find more tasks based on this song here later, including a text reconstruction listening comprehension exercise and vocabulary exercises too.

Lou Reed: Perfect Day – a listening comprehension exercise

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The Lou Reed song Perfect Day was recorded in 1972 but became really famous only decades later, when it was featured in the film Trainspotting.

Your task is to listen to the song and complete the lyrics. If you can’t find a word, you can ask for a free letter.

The difficulty of this exercise is below B2 level (intermediate).

You’ll find other tasks based on this song here later.

Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen: a listening comprehension exercise

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This Leonard Cohen song is not only beautiful but is also a good way to improve your listening skills. It shouldn’t be very difficult to fill the gaps as they are fairly common words – the tricky thing is to understand the whole of the song, but that should be a different lesson.

For now, it’s enough if you listen and complete the text:

The difficulty of this task is below B2 level – somewhere between intermediate and upper-intermediate.

There will be more tasks based on this song, so check back soon.

a-ha — Take On Me: a listening comprehension exercise

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Norwegian band a-ha came out with a brilliant new version of their classic Take On Me. Your task is to listen and complete the text – you only have to choose from a list of words.

This exercise is around B2 level on the CEFR scale.