Belajar listening TOEFL: Avoid similar sounds

Skill 3: Avoid similar sounds (Hindari Bunyi Kata yang Mirip)

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Seringkali jawaban yang salah dalam Listening Part A merupakan kata-kata yang memiliki bunyi pengucapannya mirip tapi dengan makna yang berbeda. Sebaiknya hati-hati ketika pilihan jawabannya memiliki pengucapan (pronunciation) yang mirip, karena boleh jadi bukan itu jawabannya.

Contoh soal:

Di rekaman audio, kami mendengar:

(Man) Why couldn’t Mark come with us?
(Woman) He was searching for a new apartment.
(narrator) What does the woman say about Mark?

Di buku tes, kamu membaca:

(A) He was in the department office.
(B) He was looking for a place to live
(C) He was working on his research paper.
(D) He had an appointment at church.


Kata kunci pada baris ke dua adalah searching dan apartment.

  • Pada jawaban (C) dan (D), kata research dan church berbunyi mirip dengan kata search, jadi ke dua jawaban ini salah.
  • Pada jawaban (A) dan (D), kata department dan appointment berbunyi mirip dengan kata apartment, jadi jawaban ini salah.
  • Olehnya, jawaban paling tepat yaitu (B). Kata looking for sinonim dengan searching, dan a place to live semakna dengan a new apartment.
Strategi menghadapi Listening Part A (skill 3):
  1. Identifikasi kata-kata kunci pada baris ke dua percakapan.
  2. Identifikasi kata-kata kunci di jawaban yang cara pengucapannya mirip dan jangan pilih jawaban-jawaban tersebut.
Latihan soal dengan transcript

Pada latihan soal di bawah ini, ingat bahwa kemungkinan besar jawaban yang benar yaitu jawaban yang tidak berisi kata yang bunyi pengucapannya mirip dengan baris ke dua percakapan.

Soal 1

(Woman) I heard that Sally just moved into a new, big house near the beach.
(Man) But, Sally doesn’t have a cent!
(Narrator) What does the man mean?

(A) Sally has no sense of responsibility
(B) Sally sent her friend to the house.
(C) Sally has no money
(D) Sally is on the set with her.

Soal 2

(woman) Did they get the new car they wanted?
(Man) : No. They lacked the money.
(Narrator) : What does the woman mean?

(A) They locked the map in a car
(B) They looked many times in the car
(C) It cost a lot of money when the car leaked oil
(D) They didn’t have enough money to buy another car

Soal 3

(Man) : Have you finished packing yet?
(Woman) : You should call the porter to get the suitcases.
(Narrator) : What does the woman mean?

(A) it’s important to pack the suitcases
(B) They need help carrying their bags
(C) The man should pack his suit in case he needs it
(D) The suitcases are quite portable

Kunci jawaban:
  1. (C) Sally has no money
  2. (D) They didn’t have enough money to buy another car
    No. They lacked the money. (Tidak, dia kekurangan uang).
  3. (B) They need help carrying their bags. (Mereka membutuhkan bantuan untuk membawa tas-tas mereka).
    You should call the porter to get the suitcases.(Kami sebaiknya memanggil staff pembawa barang untuk mengambil tas.)

Pada latihan ini dengarkanlah dengan seksama percakapan pendek beserta pertanyaan pada rekaman, dan pilihlah jawaban yang paling tepat. Sebaiknya hindari jawaban yang pronunciation nya mirip dengan yang di audio.

(A) She has to wait for some cash
(B) The waiter is bringing a glass of water
(C) The lawn is too dry
(D) She needs to watch out for a crash

(A) The sweater's the wrong size
(B) The man's feet aren't sweating
(C) The sweater makes the man seem fat
(D) The sweet girl doesn't feel right

(A) He has been regularly using a computer
(B) He communicates with a Boston Company
(C) He regularly goes to communities around Boston
(D) He has been traveling back and forth to Boston 

(A) He thought the lesson didn't matter.
(B) He couldn't learn the lesson
(C) He learned a massive number of details
(D) He didn't like most of the lesson 

(A) Some animals started the first fire
(B) Animals are killed by forest fires
(C) In the first frost, animals die
(D) Frost can kill animals 

(A) Twenty pairs of shoes are on sale
(B) The shoe salesclerk spent twenty dollars on papers
(C) The shoes cost twenty dollars
(D) The shoes could be repaired for twenty dollars 

(A) Tom shoes cost twenty dollars.
(B) Attendance wasn't necessary at biology lab
(C) Tom went to biology lab
(D) There was a tendency to require biology class 

(A) The meal will be served at noon
(B) The males should be driven there by noon
(C) He's expecting the ice to meals
(D) The letters ought to be delivered at 12:00 

(A) The weather will probably get worse
(B) The newspaper headlines described a bad weather
(C) There was news about a head string man
(D) He has a new bed. 

(A) If he could do the grocery shopping.
(B) If she prefers cooked vegetables or slad.
(C) If she could help prepare the salad.
(D) if she minds shopping for vegetables.

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