Synonyms, antonyms and examples in FCE Listening Part One

To accompany FCE Examination Papers with Answers 4 (CUP 2010) Test 1

Try and remember or think of synonyms, antonyms and examples of these words and expressions in the questions.

Question 1

The opposite of a holiday with just one son

Expressions meaning the same as sons on their own

Question 2

An expression meaning tiring (Hint: What is the opposite of tired?)

A synonym of frightening

The opposite of boring

Question 3

An expression which means the same as “written descriptions” (Hint – adjective of description + a word for several sentences)

The opposite of written descriptions

Question 4

An expression meaning take something more seriously

An example of athletics

Question 5

Accommodation on a ship

A way that accommodation on a ship can be inadequate

Where ships stop

What passengers usually do when cruise ships at land

Question 6

How you feel when something is complicated

Question 7

An expression meaning “be inspired by” for a writer

Examples of things which can inspire you to write

Question 8

People who do competitive sports/ team sports

Physical strength and health needed to do sports

Check with the recording and/ or transcript.  

Instructions for teachers: The above could also be done before listening to help them listen out for the right things

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Synonyms, antonyms and examples in FCE Listening Part One

To accompany FCE Examination Papers with Answers 4 (CUP 2010) Test 1

Answers

Question 1

The opposite of a holiday with just one son – A holiday with the whole family

Expressions meaning the same as sons on their own – individually/ on a one-to-one basis/ with each of our boys

Question 2

An expression meaning tiring (Hint: What is the opposite of tired?) – leave me with little energy

A synonym of frightening – scary

The opposite of boring – interesting

Question 3

An expression which means the same as “written descriptions” (Hint – adjective of description + a word for several sentences) – descriptive passages

The opposite of written descriptions – illustrations/ photos

Question 4

An expression meaning take something more seriously – putting something higher up her list of priorities

An example of athletics – running

Question 5

Accommodation on a ship – cabins

A way that accommodation on a ship can be inadequate – cabins so small

Where ships stop – in port

What passengers usually do when cruise ships at land – go ashore/ sightseeing

Question 6

How you feel when something is complicated – confused

Question 7

An expression meaning “be inspired by” for a writer – be prompted to pick up the pen

Examples of things which can inspire you to write – events and emotions

Question 8

People who do competitive sports/ team sports – players/ competitors

Physical strength and health needed to do sports – fitness

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Synonyms, antonyms and examples in FCE Listening Part One

To accompany FCE Examination Papers with Answers 4 (CUP 2010) Test 2

Try to think of synonyms, antonyms and examples of these words and expressions in the questions and use that to help spot the right answers in the exam. It might help to look at each one in context in the questions before you brainstorm.

Question 1

An uncountable noun which is a synonym for funds

A verb for giving money to a charity

British money

Things which need to be paid, such as bills

The opposite of being helped with something

An expression meaning help someone

Question 2

The opposite of common names

An expression meaning creating completely new names

A negative synonym for common

The opposite of new names

Question 3

Examples of what authors write

A synonym for reporter

The story of a book or film

Question 4

An expression meaning not concentrating

An expression meaning in quite good physical condition

Question 5

A synonym for one song on a CD

Places you can read reviews of music

Question 6

An expression meaning that something is very special, different from all the rest or even unique

Examples of luxurious places

Examples of prestigious cars

Examples of ways of flying

Question 7

Examples of work schedules

Examples of bad weather

Things you might say when something annoys you

Question 8

An expression meaning leave home

An expression meaning be helpful

A positive synonym for surprising

Do the listening paper. 

Listen again and/ or read the transcript to find the expressions above.

With another test, underline words and expressions that you might hear synonyms, opposites and examples of and brainstorm them before listening.

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Synonyms, antonyms and examples in FCE Listening Part One

To accompany FCE Examination Papers with Answers 4 (CUP 2010) Test 2

Answers

Question 1

An uncountable noun which is a synonym for funds – money

A verb for giving money to a charity – donate

British money – pounds

Things which need to be paid, such as bills – expenses

The opposite of being helped with something – doing it on your own

An expression meaning help someone – lend a hand

Question 2

The opposite of common names – original names

An expression meaning creating completely new names – making a name up

A negative synonym for common – ordinary

The opposite of new names – traditional names

Question 3

Examples of what authors write – novel, literature

A synonym for reporter – journalist

The story of a book or film – plot

Question 4

An expression meaning not concentrating – my mind was on other things

An expression meaning in quite good physical condition – in pretty good shape

Question 5

A synonym for one song on a CD – a track

Places you can read reviews of music – magazine

Question 6

An expression meaning that something is very special, different from all the rest or even unique – stands out

Examples of luxurious places – five-star hotel

Examples of prestigious cars – luxury car, sports car

Examples of ways of flying – balloon

Question 7

Examples of work schedules – seven days on, seven days off

Examples of bad weather – blizzard

Things you might say when something annoys you – It’s unbelievable

Question 8

An expression meaning leave home – move out

An expression meaning be helpful

A positive synonym for surprising – incredible

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