Login

Listening to Accented English

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: TOEFL Listening Practice: Listening for Basic Comprehension

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:01 Accented English
  • 1:05 Passage 1
  • 3:00 Questions
  • 6:11 Quiz Passage
  • 7:03 Lesson Summary
Add to Add to Add to

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Login or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Create an account to start this course today
Try it free for 5 days!
Create An Account

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth has been involved with tutoring since high school and has a B.A. in Classics.

In real life and on standardized English tests, you'll have to work with listening passages read by speakers with non-American accents. Watch this lesson to get some hands-on practice.

Accented English

American English isn't the only English around! Even if you're planning to live or study in the United States, you'll still probably come across other English accents - and if you're headed to a school in the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand, you'll definitely need some practice with native accents! Some tests of English proficiency, like the TOEFL, also include listening passages read by speakers with non-American accents.

This shouldn't throw you too hard - the words are mostly the same. But it can be a little off-putting, so in this lesson, you'll get some practice listening to English spoken by native speakers who aren't from the United States. First, a few tips:

  • Try not to get hung up on unfamiliar words. For example, if a speaker from the UK says 'beef mince' instead of 'ground beef,' listen for the overall meaning of a sentence, not individual words.
  • If you're watching this lesson for test prep, take notes on the passage. Get up and get some notepaper now if you don't have any.

All right, ready for the passage?

Passage 1

PROFESSOR: Good morning, class. We're starting on Marx today, so, uh…how did you like the reading?

STUDENT: It was really hard. Really hard.

PROFESSOR: Yes, Marx is hard to read. Was there, um, anything - any concepts in particular that confused you?

STUDENT: Well, um, the difference between use-value and exchange-value?

PROFESSOR: Did anyone else have trouble with that?

STUDENT 2: Yes, I did.

PROFESSOR: All right, well, let's start from the beginning, shall we? Let's first take an example of a commodity - that's just a thing that we make in order to put it on the market or exchange it for something else. All right, so our commodity, let's say it's a jacket. Our jacket has two kinds of value, according to Marx: use-value and exchange-value.

The use-value is what you can actually use the jacket for, or, um, what it does that meets someone's need. So the use-value of a jacket is that it keeps you warm in the cold; maybe it keeps you dry in the rain. Then there's exchange-value: that's a way of measuring what kinds of other commodities you can trade for the jacket. Because to, uh, to trade one thing for another thing, you have to have some kind of abstract idea of what the thing is worth.

For example, let's say I have two jackets but no boots. Maybe I'll trade one of my jackets for a pair of boots, so we could say that the exchange-value of the jacket and the exchange-value of the boots are the same, so we can trade them for each other. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't trade a whole jacket for just one glove. That's because the exchange-value of the glove is less than the exchange-value of the jacket.

STUDENT: So, exchange-value is basically price?

PROFESSOR: No, not exactly. Because you can - you can measure exchange-value in ways other than money if you want to. You don't have to use money. All right?

STUDENT: All right, I get it

Questions

Now for the questions. If you took notes, keep your notes out as you answer because you'll have them on the test.

1. What are the professor and the students mainly discussing in this lecture?

a. The value of jackets, boots, and gloves.

b. The concepts of use-value and exchange-value.

c. The price of commodities.

d. The difference between value and price.

The correct answer is b. The professor starts off the lecture by saying he's going to explain use-value and exchange-value, and then goes through each of them.

2. According to the professor, which of the following describes the use-value of a jacket?

a. It keeps you warm and dry.

b. It is worth as much as a pair of boots.

c. It is worth more than a glove.

d. It can be exchanged for another commodity without using money.

The correct answer here is a. The professor says that 'the use-value of a jacket is that it keeps you warm in the cold; maybe it keeps you dry in the rain.'

3. Listen to the following portion of the passage again.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register for a free trial

Are you a student or a teacher?
I am a teacher

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it free for 5 days!
Create An Account
Support