Visiting Moscow

Visiting Moscow

Visiting Moscow – Exploring the sights and sounds of Moscow through various forms of visual and auditory media during a trip to Moscow serves as excellent preparation for the IB English B listening exam.

  • Time

    40 minutes

  • Main Skill


  • Theme and topic

    Experiences: Visiting Moscow

  • Download Available

    Audio Transcript



Watch this video that shows the sights and stories of this historic city. Answer the questions as you watch the video.

You will hear a reporter who has just revisited Moscow after 15 years.

A. Identify true or false statements: According to the reporter, which of the following statements are true or false?
1. The procedure at immigration is fast and modern.

2. It is fairly easy for tourists to enter Russia.

3. Many of the old buildings from the 1930s are no longer used by government departments.

4. The reporter is told that Moscow is very different from many European cities.

5. Moscow has the worst traffic in the world.

6. The reporter is surprised to find out that you have to pay to park your car in some parts of the city.

7. Using the metro is difficult if you have lots of things to carry.

B. Gap-fill. Complete the text.
According to the reporter, it can be quicker to (8) than take a taxi. However, one good thing about using a taxi is that the fare is (9) . This is due to competition from (10) . The reporter recalls in the past there weren’t many options and the conditions of many taxis meant the journey could be (11) .


C. Multiple Choice Choose the correct statement.
12. The blue light in Moscow
13. The taxi driver believes that


An idiom is a common word or common phrase culturally understood – meaning that what is said differs from what is actually meant. There are many that are linked to travel. Here are a few common ways which are useful to learn.

to take someone for a ride   - to deceive someone

to get the show on the road - to get things started. To start the journey. To begin to work.

to go the extra mile - to do more than the necessary or to do more than expected to get something done.

just the ticket - exactly what is needed or wanted.

to travel light - to travel with very little luggage or baggage.

to lose track of something or someone -  to forget about someone/something. To misplace something. To lose contact with a person or friend.

You can find more common idioms based on travel here.


Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:

  • authorities
  • boulevards
  • efficient
  • epicentre
  • equivalent
  • grandiose
  • influential
  • interrogation
  • imposing style
  • legendary
  • pivotal
  • spectacular

Answers for Exercise 2
1. False 2. True 3. False 4. False 5. False 6. True 7. True
8. walk
9. reasonable/cheap
10. ride sharing companies
11. dangerous/hazardous
12. D
13. D


IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

Course Categories

Quisque velit nisi, pretium ut lacinia in, elementum id enim. 

Connect with us
Skip to content