Listening is one of the basic language skills you need and use in every language. When you are having a conversation, you’re not only talking but you need to listen as well to make sure you understand what the other person is saying. If this is not the case, it’s really difficult to have a real conversation.
That’s why it is really important that you practice your English listening skills. You can do this in multiple ways, but a convenient way is watching videos and answering questions. This listening exercise is exactly that!
You can find a set of questions below the video and you should try and answer it after watching the video. Once you answered the questions, you can check to see how you did. The correction key to the questions is also available below the video.
Listening exercise: Borat Red Carpet Interview
This video is a short interview between Sacha Baron Cohen (as Borat) and a British journalist. There are some issues and communication is not really as it should be because there are some cultural differences.
This interview is a joke because the actor is playing Borat during the interview, which is also why it can be difficult to understand what they are saying. It’s a rather old video and it was recorded in a different ‘era’. Jokes like the ones in the video would not really be acceptable nowadays.
There is also miscommunication in the real world and it’s sometimes difficult to understand what people are saying. That’s why this is a good exercise. It’s more difficult than the other ones available, but definitely worth it.
Watch the video and answer the questions.