City or Countryside

city or countryside

The IGCSE ESL Listening Exercise 4 City or Countryside is a multiple-matching task. Listen to six speakers and select from a choice of eight statements. To excel in this exercise, you must understand the details, opinions, ideas, and implied information expressed by the speakers.

  • Time

    10-15 minutes

  • Main Skills


  • Topic

    Lifestyles: City or Countryside

Questions 27-32

You will hear six people talking about living in the city and the countryside.

For questions 27–32, choose from the list (A–H) which idea each speaker expresses. Write the correct letter (A–H). Use each letter only once. There are two extra letters, which you do not need to use.

You will hear the recordings twice. 

Now read statements A–H.
My job required city living, but I moved to the countryside.
B We moved to the city for better transport, so I'm glad.
C I want to live in the countryside for a healthier life.
D I want to live in the city, but I know I can never do it.
E I like city life, but I moved to the countryside for a new job.
F I plan to live in the city for my higher education.
G I've always lived in the country and won't move.
H I couldn't live in the countryside, as city life is much better.

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in Listening Exercise 4:

  • activities
  • awful
  • better life
  • castle
  • confined spaces
  • convenient
  • countryside
  • exhibitions
  • fumes
  • jealous
  • hustle and bustle
  • move away
  • museums
  • quiet walks
  • retired
  • village


  • Speaking

    Skills to communicate with others to express thoughts and feelings.

  • Listening

    Skills to improve active listening in order to develop responses to what someone is saying.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.


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