British English Listening Practice

Here is a little video to test your British English listening skills. The passage is from Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, a British classic for intermediate level English learners, and above.

Below is a list of New Vocabulary to help you to expand your language, and a few comprehension questions to check your understanding. Please answer the questions and I will let you know if you’re right…or if you have misunderstood. Good luck!

New Vocabulary:

Smothered: cover someone or something entirely with. “rich orange sorbets smothered in fluffy whipped cream”

Pot-bellied: Someone, usually a man, who is pot-bellied has a pot belly. Synonyms: fat, overweight, bloated, obese

Beastly: very unpleasant. “this beastly war”

Orchard: a piece of enclosed land planted with fruit trees. “an apple orchard”

Cider: an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice. “a bottle of cider”

Lean: (of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat. “his lean, muscular body”

Crook: a person who is dishonest or a criminal. “the man’s a crook, he’s not to be trusted”

Comprehension Questions (please write your answers):

1. What were the names of the 3 farmers?

2. What was the diet of the pot-bellied farmer?

3. What did the farmer with the orchard eat?

4. What simile is used to describe the 3rd farmer?

5. Who sang the rhyming song about the farmers? Please write your answers and I will happily correct them, good luck!

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