IELTS Listening Practice Test 53

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ielts-listening-practice-test-53

SECTION 1

Questions 1 – 3

Complete the form below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer.

DRURY’S ELECTRICAL STORE
WORK FORM

Example                                                                         Answer
Customer’s Name                                                Phillipa Hutton

Address                                                                         13 Glen Avenue
Westley

Postcode                                                                       (1)…………………………………………

Home Tel.                                                                     01748 524965

Mobile Tel.                                                                   (2)…………………………………………

Customer Receipt                                                       Yes/ No

Date of Repair Enquiry                                              (3)…………………………………………

Job Number                                                                 J25

Problem                                                                        New TV doesn’t work

Questions 4 – 5

Circle the correct letter A – D.

4. Which room did Jane want to use the new television?

A. The dining room

B. The kitchen

C. The bedroom

D. The study

5. What will Jane do while the man is looking at her new television?

A. She’ll wait in the shop

B. She’ll come back tomorrow

C. She’ll go shopping and come back in half an hour

D. She’ll go shopping and come back in an hour

Questions 6-10

Answer the questions below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer.

6. What was the problem with the television?

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7. What day is Jane’s nephew’s birthday next week?

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8. How old will Jane’s nephew be next week?

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9. What does Jane think her nephew would like for his birthday?

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10. What time will Jane go back to the shop tomorrow?

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SECTION 2

Questions 11-15

Answer the questions below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer.

11. Who has organised the safety talk?

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12. What crime is most common amongst students?

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13. Where does PC Fair suggest that students can hide their belongings?

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14. What should you take with you when you visit an insurance broker about your belongings?

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15. What does PC Fair say that you can use to mark your property?

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Questions 16-20

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer.

UNI. SAFETY TALK

At Home

DOORS:                  Lock front door & ask (16)……………………………………. to put lock on bedroom door.
Fit chain and keep it fastened while at home

WINDOWS            Lock windows, install extra locks and (17)………………………………….. 24 hours.

If frightened. tell someone in hall. (18)………………………………………… at the Union or go to the police.

Going Home

  • Walking home – stay in (19)……………………………. with good light + don’t be alone.
  • 2 late regular night minibuses – priority for women.
  • Taxi better than walking – licensed taxis only and from rank.
  • Keep mobile with you with trusted taxi number inside.
  • Most Important Thing – (20) ……………………………………………..

SECTION 3

Questions 21 – 26

Circle the correct letter A – C.

21. What is Rachel’s extended essay about?

A. Hospitals

B. Factories

C. Towns

22. What did Rachel mainly use to help her with her essay?

A. A book

B. The internet

C. Magazines

23. How does Rachel feel about her essay at the moment?

A. Happy

B. Quite happy

C. Not happy

24. Which part of Rachel’s extended essay did Dr. Jones like best?

A. The introduction

B. The middle

C. The conclusion

25. Which part of Rachel’s essay does Dr. Jones most want Rachel to change?

A. The statistics tables

B. The statistics analysis

C. The bibliography

26. By when does Rachel’s essay have to be finally given in?

A. 21th April

B. 24th April

C. 28th April

Questions 27 – 30

Complete Dr. Jones’ notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Books for Rachel’s Presentation on the Reform Act

Book                                                                    Author                                                             Where to get it

Great 19th Century Reform                                 Mark Needham                                                     (27) in library

Article in “History Monthly”                               Jim Wood                                                               (28) in librarv

(29)……………………                                               Rob Jenkins                                                             Inter Library Loan

Reform and the Nineteenth Century               (30)………………………                                              From me

SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 36

Answer the questions below. Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer.

31 Where did garlic originally come from?

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32 What time of year does garlic begin its growth cycle?

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33 What, along with its small leaves, is the key to garlic’s survival in harsh climates?

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34 According to an ancient Egyptian record, how many sicknesses can garlic be used to treat?

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35 In ancient Egypt, how much garlic could buy you a good slave?

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36 What did Europeans in the Middle Ages believe garlic could help stop?

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Questions 37 – 40

Complete the summary below of the second half of the food science lecture on garlic.

Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Today investigations into garlic have shown that it can help cure and prevent many diseases as it boosts the (37)…………………………….. During World War 2 it was even used as (38)…………………….when other drugs were not available.

Although expert opinion differs on many aspects of garlic use, it is agreed that using (39)……………………………. is the best form. This contains the most “allicin”, a compound that is efficient at killing many types of bacteria and, when heated, has beneficial effects in the blood. Indian doctors have recently shown its help in preventing such ailments as arteriosclerosis, thrombosis and (40)………………………………………

Answer keys:

  1. WE5 8GF
  2. 07745 276 145
  3. 7th June/ 7.6
  4. B
  5. D
  6. a loose wire
  7. Thursday
  8. 11
  9. a computer game
  10. 12 o’clock/ noon
  11. Student’s Union
  12. theft
  13. (in a) cupboard
  14. a valuables list
  15. ultra violet pen
  16. landlord
  17. keep curtains closed
  18. the welfare office
  19. busy/ busier areas
  20. don’t be alone
  21. B
  22. A
  23. B
  24. C
  25. B
  26. C
  27. reference section
  28. (library) stack system
  29. Political Reform
  30. Dr. Jones
  31. (desert region of) Siberia
  32. the fall (autumn)
  33. (healthy) root system
  34. 22
  35. 15 pounds
  36. the plague
  37. immune system
  38. an antiseptic
  39. fresh garlic
  40. hypertension

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING 

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts and replaced with spaces. You has to fill each space with the missing word by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test. 

Section 1. You will hear a conversation between a man and a woman discussing the repair of a television.

Shop Assistant (man): Good morning madam. Can I help you?

Customer (woman): Yes please. I bought this small TV set here [………………………………]and when I got it home I couldn’t get it to work.

Man: Oh dear. Well, I’d just better take some details for this [………………………………]and then we’ll have a look at it.

Wom: OK.

Man:   Here we are. Now, can you give me your name please?

Wom: [………………………………].

Man:   Could you spell Hutton please?

Wom: That’s H-U-T-T-O-N.

Man:   Thank you. And your address?

Wom: [………………………………], Westley.

Man: Do you know the postcode?

Wom: Yes, it’s [………………………………].

Man:   And what’s your phone number?

Wom: My home number is [………………………………]and my mobile number is 07745 276 145.

Man:   OK, got that. Now, did you still have the [………………………………]for the television?

Wom: Yes, it’s right here.

Man:   Let’s have a look. Right, so you bought it on the [………………………………]. That’s two days ago. So, what exactly is wrong with the TV?

Wom: Well I bought it two days ago so I could watch TV while I was cooking for the family.

That’s why I just bought a nice small one. It could fit on the shelf next to the dining room door. Anyway, when I got it back and [………………………………]it in, there was no [………………………………]. Nothing at all. No lights, no sound, no buzz.

Man: And there are no electrical problems in that room?

Wom: No, nothing. It isn’t just me. My [………………………………]is very good with these things and when he came back, he [………………………………]the plug, the fuse, the connections, everything. He couldn’t work it out either.

Man: Hmm. That’s very strange. Right then. I’ll have a look at it. I’m actually not busy right now.

I can finish it in about half an hour. Do you want to want to wait here or come back later today or tomorrow?

Wom: I’ll go to the [………………………………]across the road and get some shopping done and I’ll come back in about an hour. Is that alright?

Man: Yes, I’ll be able to tell you what’s wrong by then. By the way, your job number is [………………………………] but it doesn’t matter as I’ll be here when you get back.

Wom: See you later then.

Wom: Hi there. All my shopping’s done. Have you [………………………………]?

Man: Oh yes. It didn’t take me long. It was actually the first thing that I [………………………………]so I had it all [………………………………]in about five minutes.

Wom: What was the problem then?

Man: It was a loose wire. It’s amazing that this television even got through its tests. I [………………………………]that nowadays not everything is tested properly and they just [………………………………]that everything will be alright. With all the things that can go wrong though with bad connections, [………………………………] chips, the screen [………………………………]and everything, it’s amazing they all don’t go wrong more often.

Wom: So what can you do about it?

Man: We can [………………………………]it by tomorrow or we can just give you a new TV. We can send the old one back to our [………………………………].

Wom: That sounds best to me. I’ll take a new one please.

Man: Do you want the same model and everything?

Wom: Yes please.

Man: Oh dear. I’m [………………………………]we don’t have that one in right now but we will be able to have it in tomorrow morning if that’s OK.

Wom: That’s fine. And while I’m here I want to get something else. It’s my [………………………………]birthday next Thursday. What would you suggest?

Man: Well we’ve got lots of things here [………………………………]. How old is he?

Wom: Let’s see. He’s the same age as my own son. He’s 10 now and his birthday is next week.

Man: OK. We’ve got lots of computer games over there. We’ve got [………………………………]in the corner if he likes music. He can download music from the internet onto his computer and then onto his i-pod. There are lots of [………………………………]for computers. He could need a new mouse, a [………………………………]keyboard, a camera to use when he’s chatting. There are lots of [………………………………]and it depends of course on how much you want to spend.

Wom: I’m pretty sure he’d like a computer game although I know he’s got loads already. I’ll tell you what. I’ll go back and ask his father what would be best and I’ll come back tomorrow and buy something while I’m [………………………………]the new TV. What sort of time shall I come tomorrow then?

Man: We open at 9 o’clock in the morning. I’d hope our other shop would be able to send the new telly over this afternoon. They might only [………………………………]it tomorrow morning though so come over at about 11.

Wom: I’ll come an hour later at noon then as I’ll be swimming at 11.

Man: That’s fine. I won’t be here though at noon. I’m taking an early lunch then and I’ll be back at 1.

Wom: Don’t worry. I’m sure everything will be OK. Thanks very much.

Man: You’re welcome madam. Bye.

Wom: Goodbye.

Section 2. You will hear a policeman giving a safety talk to new students at the University of Westley.

Presenter: Good morning everyone and thank you for coming to this [………………………………]on safety. This lecture is of course [………………………………]for all students at Westley University but it has been laid on by your Students’ Union to help you, and both the [………………………………]at Westley Police Station and the staff here at the University [………………………………]you to attend the other lectures like it and also to get your friends to come too. So, that’s enough from me. I would like to introduce you to Police [………………………………]Fair from Westley Police Station who is going to give you some hints on keeping safe. PC Fair.

PC Fair Good morning ladies and gentlemen and thank you for allowing me to come here to talk to you. It really is a great idea for someone from the police force to come and talk to you as it may save you time, money and also it may help to [………………………………]you. I hope I don’t sound [………………………………]when I point out some ideas as a lot of things really are just common sense but it is often forgetting these common sense things that can lead to problems.

First of all the thing that students are most likely to [………………………………]from, whether they are in [………………………………]or in hall, is theft. You hear a lot of [………………………………]stories about muggings, rape and [………………………………]but these are not really that [………………………………]and we’re talk about some of those things later. Thieves know very well that student [………………………………]are a good place to find electronic goods, [………………………………]and bags and the like with little or no protection. So, make sure that you’re room, house or flat is [………………………………]locked each time that you go out. Don’t leave [………………………………]in the open where they can be spotted from the window.

See if you can get an extra lock on your window too. If possible, when you’re out, try and leave your [………………………………]things in a cupboard which has an extra lock on it. So much for theft [………………………………].

If you do get burgled though there are ways to protect yourself here too. Try and get household [………………………………]. Make a valuables list of all the items that you own, including things like keys and bank cards, [………………………………]their value and take the list to any [………………………………]high street insurance broker and get a quote for [………………………………]insurance. This is not very expensive and it will give you piece of mind. Another thing you can do is to get an ultra [………………………………]pen and write your name and address on all your valuables. This will not be able to be seen in normal light so your goods won’t look any different but your goods will be forever marked as your [………………………………].

Now, more seriously, we must look at your personal safety. This especially [………………………………]to women. Men of course are usually better able to protect themselves and are under less risk in any case. First, let’s look at where you live. Again wherever you live you should make sure that your door is [………………………………]securely, even when you are at home and even if you are not alone as people can leave your house without you knowing. So, in hall, lock that door at all times [………………………………]at night. If you are in digs keep the front door locked at all times, and your own bedroom as well. If your bedroom has no lock, then get one put in. Get your landlord to do it – they usually will. It’s a small price to pay for safety. Look at the windows in your house. Again, especially the ones in your [………………………………]. Make sure the window [………………………………]securely and try to get an extra lock fitted. Keep [………………………………]closed at night and also during the day too if you don’t mind, so that people can’t see in. Get a chain [………………………………]to your front door too and always have the chain on when you’re at home. If you see someone often [………………………………]around near your home then let someone know in your hall. Or the [………………………………]office in the union will be able to [………………………………]you. We of course at the police station will always welcome you and we will never scoff at your [………………………………]. We will not laugh at you and we will take everything [………………………………].

Next let’s look at when you’re away from your home and walking about the streets. Naturally you’re more at risk at night but even in the day time, try to keep to [………………………………]areas which are well lit and always try to have someone with you when you’re [………………………………]on foot. At night do the same but be more careful about it. If you are leaving the Union late at night, take [………………………………]of the excellent [………………………………]service that your Union puts on for you for your safety. The minibus gives [………………………………]to women and it will take you to your door. There are 2 minibuses available every night leaving at regular [………………………………]. If there’s not one available, wait in the [………………………………]until one arrives. They will get you home safely in the end. If you’re not at the Union and by [………………………………], try to get a taxi back rather than walk. I know it’s more expensive but it’s [………………………………]the cost. I’m sure your parents would prefer you [………………………………]the extra money to make you safe. Also with taxis, always take a [………………………………]taxi from a proper taxi rank or call a [………………………………]company. Keep the number of a reputable company in your wallet and saved in your [………………………………]. Then you’ll always have access to a safe way home.

I hope I haven’t [………………………………]you. Very few people do actually get [………………………………]but of course it does happen. By following these basic safety rules you vastly reduce your chances of being a [………………………………]. The cardinal rule is “don’t be alone”. Always have a friend with you if possible.

Section 3. You will hear a student and her tutor discussing an essay.

(knock at door)

Dr. Jones: Come in. Ah good morning Rachel. Have you come to talk about your [………………………………]?

Rachel: That’s right Dr. Jones. Have I come at a bad time?

Dr. Jones: No, not at all. This is a good time in fact.

Rachel: Good because I wanted to ask what you thought about my [………………………………]on the subject.

Dr. Jones: Yes, you [………………………………]wanted to write about working conditions in [………………………………]factories but you were later [………………………………]looking at the conditions inside hospitals in 19th century northern towns.

Rachel: That’s right. I thought about it for a long time and [………………………………]the pros and cons and I didn’t decide for ages.

Dr. Jones: Well, I think you were right to stick with your first idea. There’re so many better [………………………………]available on the subject. There are plenty of [………………………………]in magazines and the odd TV and radio programme on the other subjects but everything is rather [………………………………]; there’s no real [………………………………]knowledge to draw on.

Rachel: Yes, I found that out. I found lots of books but nothing really to help me; even on the internet. In the end, when I decided on my first choice topic I found lots of really good [………………………………]in magazines, books and the internet. [………………………………]one book which is the major [………………………………]that you’ll see quoted all over the place.

Dr. Jones: Well, I’m glad you came to that decision. Let’s have a look at that essay now.

Rachel: What did you think? I’ve spent ages on it but I’m only about [………………………………]happy with it.

Dr. Jones: Well, I wouldn’t be too down about it. I think most of it is pretty good. I liked the introduction which really set out your ideas clearly. The middle needs some [………………………………]but the end was really first rate.

What are the areas that need more work then?

Dr. Jones: The main problem lies with your analysis of the [………………………………]. You quote all the right numbers and you’ve got lots of fine tables and everything but you need to look more closely at what the numbers mean and what [………………………………]they hold. Look at them again and try and explain more clearly the important parts. After that you need to have a look at your [………………………………]which is a bit [………………………………].

Rachel: Yes I was afraid of that. I always think that once I’ve finished the essay then I’m done and so I don’t put enough care into things like the [………………………………]. Still I’ve plenty of time to get that and the other stuff [………………………………].

Dr. Jones: You’ve plenty of time but don’t leave it until the last minute because you’ll need to check it all again carefully when you’re finished and it would be a good idea if I looked over it again before its final [………………………………].

Rachel: The [………………………………]is the 28th April so shall I get it to you on the 24th? Will that be OK?

Dr. Jones: Well, that won’t leave you much time to change anything if I find anything else to do. How about a few days earlier than that. The [………………………………]? I’ll be able to get it back to you the day after on the 22nd then.

Rachel: That sounds great. Thank you.

Rachel: I’d also like to ask you about that [………………………………]that I have to give next month.

Dr. Jones: Yes. What’s the problem?

Rachel: Well, I’ve started work on it as I want to do a good job but I can’t seem to find much information on the subject in the [………………………………].

Dr. Jones: Ok. I’ll jot down some ideas for you then. What subject are you presenting again?

Rachel: The three Cs of the Great Reform Act in England in [………………………………].

Dr. Jones: Ah yes. The causes, course and [………………………………]. Well, there should be plenty of [………………………………]in the library on that as it’s such an important subject.

Rachel: Well, there should be but it looks as though some first years are doing an [………………………………]on it and so most of the books are out. I also don’t want the run-of-the-mill books. I want my presentation to be a bit more in depth.

Dr. Jones: The best book for you would be “Great 19th Century Reform” by Mark Needham.

That book you can’t take out. It’s in the [………………………………]section only. You’ll have to read it actually in the library itself. Then there was a great article in “History Monthly” on the Great Reform Act by Jim Wood. The issue was August 2003 I think. You’ll find it in the library [………………………………].

Rachel: That’s great. Anything else?

Dr. Jones: Yes. There’s another really good book on the subject that looks at the whole thing from a [………………………………]different point of view. I remember when it came out, it [………………………………]a view feathers. It’s called “Political Reform” and it’s by Rob Jenkins. The thing is though that I know our library hasn’t got it. As you’re preparing so far in [………………………………]though, you’ll be able to order it through inter [………………………………]. Just go to the library reception and they’ll give you the forms to fill out. It’ll come in about a week I expect.

Rachel: OK. I’ll do that [………………………………].

Dr. Jones: Finally there’s the book “Reform and the [………………………………]” which I actually wrote. The library used to have a copy but it’s been lost I think. I’ve got a copy at home so I’ll bring it in tomorrow. If you pop in tomorrow morning some time I’ll let you [………………………………]it for a week or so.

Oh, that’s [………………………………]. I didn’t know you were an author Dr. Jones.

Dr. Jones: Yes, I’ve done a few things. You’d better not lose it or [………………………………]on it or anything though!

Rachel: I’ll take very good care of it. I [………………………………]you.

Dr. Jones: I know you will or I wouldn’t lend it to you. So, I’ll see you tomorrow then.

Rachel: Yes. Thanks again. See you tomorrow. Bye Dr. Jones Bye

Section 4. You will hear part of a food science lecture.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this food science lecture. Today we are going to look at a food stuff I’m sure we all [………………………………]and use: [………………………………]. We will explore a little of its history and examine some of the many different ways it’s been used over time.

All around the world, for over [………………………………], garlic has held many important roles in daily human life. It has been taken [………………………………]and nutritionally. Folklore [………………………………]garlic with good luck and protection against evil. Its smell has been said to ward off [………………………………], werewolves, [………………………………]and of course vampires.

Although it’s not certain when garlic was first discovered, it was probably dispersed by [………………………………]humans several thousand years ago. Garlic is originally [………………………………]to the desert region of Siberia. In this region the summers are dry and hot, and there’s very little [………………………………]. In order for the wild garlic plant to survive, it had to adapt to this [………………………………]climate. Garlic had to grow when there was [………………………………], in the spring and fall, and it also had to be able to survive without water for the exceptionally dry summer and winter months. [………………………………]adapted to its environment so that the growing cycle began in the fall, to take advantage of the available [………………………………]. When the cold winters or the hot dry summers arrived, it became [………………………………]. The cloves of the garlic plant store large amounts of food, which enable it to withstand long durations of [………………………………]. When the spring rains arrive, the plant can continue on its growth process. A healthy root system with relatively small leaves is a key to the [………………………………]of the plant. These traits make garlic a very [………………………………]plant, capable of growing in poor soil in harsh climates with little or no care. Once discovered by humans, it is no wonder that garlic quickly became a staple crop of almost every [………………………………]in the world.

An Egyptian papyrus from [………………………………]. recommends garlic for 22 ailments. The

Egyptians fed it to slaves building the [………………………………]to increase their [………………………………], and during the building of the Great Pyramid, the construction workers lived on a diet consisting primarily of [………………………………]and garlic. When the workers were [………………………………]of their ration of garlic, it caused work stoppages. Garlic was so valuable to the Egyptians that [………………………………]of garlic would purchase a healthy male slave. Ancient Egyptians worshiped garlic as a god, and its name was often [………………………………]at oath takings. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was claimed to have more uses. Everything from repelling [………………………………]to treating dog bites and bladder infections, to curing [………………………………]and asthma. Chinese scholars mentioned garlic in [………………………………]writings as early as [………………………………]. Garlic was so prized in [………………………………]and ritual, it’s said that lambs offered for [………………………………]in China were seasoned with garlic to make them more pleasing to the gods. Crusaders returning to Europe after far away battles are generally credited with bringing garlic back with them to Europe and there, in the Middle Ages, it was thought to prevent the [………………………………].

Modern research has [………………………………]the health benefits of garlic that our [………………………………]believed in. Garlic may even prevent cancer because it contains [………………………………]such as C, A, and B which stimulate the immune system to [………………………………]toxins and combat [………………………………]. Research in 1858, by Louis Pasteur, documented that garlic also kills bacteria. During World War II, when [………………………………]and sulpha drugs were scarce, garlic was used as an [………………………………]to disinfect open wounds and prevent [………………………………]. The properties responsible for these medicinal effects are not clearly understood. Recent research identifies hundreds of [………………………………]sulphur compounds in the herb. For this reason, it may also become a valuable [………………………………]for AIDS. A study in China showed that people with the highest levels of dietary garlic have a reduced risk of [………………………………].

It can also kill 60 types of fungi and yeast, among them the common cause of [………………………………]foot. Japanese scientists test its effects on patients with [………………………………]and arthritis. Experts are split on the recommended daily amount of [………………………………]garlic, from one to ten cloves. However, most agree that fresh garlic is better than in [………………………………]form.

How garlic is prepared also affects how it can be used. When the clove is cut or crushed, an [………………………………]contained within the plant cells combines with an amino acid. This creates a new compound, called [………………………………], which has been shown to kill 23 types of [………………………………], including salmonella and [………………………………]. When garlic is heated, a different compound is formed that can prevent arteries from clogging, and reduce blood pressure and [………………………………]levels. The blood-thinning quality of garlic may also be helpful in preventing heart attacks and strokes. Indian doctors have long pointed to studies that [………………………………]garlic has a preventative effect on the development of arteriosclerosis, [………………………………]and hypertension.

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IELTS Listening Practice Test 53
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