Listening Game: Practice Listening with Youtube Videos (Ted Talks, Friends, etc)

Improve your listening skills with Youtube videos

Students, this is a game to help you improve your listening skills and English vocabulary with your favourite videos.

First, select a popular Youtube clip below to start the listening challenge.

TED Talks & Educational Videos

Learn about space and time (BrE)

[Upper-Int] Space & Time Part 1 (BrE) (4:56)

Listen to Part 2 about the speed of light

[Upper-Int] Speed of Light Part 2 (BrE) (4:38)

The fundamentals of space-time (Part 3)

[Intermed.] Space & Time Part 3 (BrE) (3:15)

Learn British slang with Ricky Gervais

[Advanced] Learn British slang (BrE) (6:40)

Listen to how whales became so big!

[Intermediate] Whales Are the Largest Animals Ever (BrE) (3:16)

Octopuses are weird!

[Intermediate] The Octopus is the Weirdest Animal on Earth (3:20)

Listen to how to wake up better.

[Intermediate] How to Wake Up Better (2:11)

Listen to a video about gratitude

[Intermediate] Gratitude (School of Life) (2:40)

Jim Carrey on Depression

[Upp-Intermed.] Jim Carrey - What it all means (5:18)

TED Talk about the silence of danger

[Advanced] The danger of silence - Clint Smith (4:16)

TED Talk from a pick-pocket

[Upper-Intermed] The art of misdirection Pt 1 (4:39)

Part two of the Art of Misdirection (TED)

[Upper-Intermed] The art of misdirection Pt 2 (4:02)

Practice listening with TED Talks

[Intermediate] Try something new for 30 days (3:20)

TED - Keep your goals to yourself

[Upper-Intermed] Keep your goals to yourself (3:13)

The world's English mania

[Intermediate] The world's English mania (4:27)


Al Pacino speech - Any Given Sunday

[Intermed.] Al Pacino Speech - Any Given Sunday (4:30)

Listen to Christopher Walken's English!

[Intermed.] Christopher Walken - The Lion Speech (2:17)

Winston Churchill Speech

[Upp-Intermed.] Churchill - Their Finest Hour (BrE) (1:37)

Improve your listening with this funny wedding speech

[Advanced.] Stephen Merchant - Wedding Speech (Comedy/BrE) (1:35)

Steve Jobs Speech

[Upp-Intermed.] Steve Jobs - Graduation Speech Pt. 1 (5:15)

Steve Job speech to college graduates

[Upp-Intermed.] Steve Jobs - Graduation Speech Pt. 2 (3:29)

Steve Jobs Speech Pt 2

[Upp-Intermed.] Steve Jobs - Graduation Speech Pt. 3 (5:43)

Short Films & Skits

Lie Detector (comedy)

[Upp-Int.] "Lie Detector" (Adult Comedy) (3:06)

Watch Tim Burton's "Vincent" short film

[Intermed.] "Vincent" by Tim Burton (6:00)

Watch Dwayne Johnson promote Xentrex

[Intermed.] "Xentrex" with Dwayne Johnson (Comedy) (2:25)


TV Sitcom "Friends"

Listen to the Unagi Friends episode

[Intermediate] Unagi (4:44)

Brad Pitt hates Rachel Green

[Intermediate] The I-Hate-Rachel Club (2:44)

Joey and Chandler watch TV

[Intermediate] Joey & Chandler become lazy (4:37)

Joey's sister has a problem

[Intermediate] Joey's Sister's Problem Pt.1 (4:05)

Friends episode about pregnancy

[Intermediate] Joey's Sister's Problem Pt.2 (4:30)

Listen to Friends to study English!

[Intermediate] The Test Pt. 1 (4:47)

Watch Friends - The lightening round!

[Intermediate] The Test Pt. 2 (4:48)

TV Sitcom "How I Met Your Mother"

How I Met Your Mother "Pharma Girls" episode

[Upper-Intermed] Pharma Girls (4:33)

Jennifer Lopez on How I Met Your Mother

[Upper-Intermed] Jennifer Lopez as Anita (5:27)

Instructions (Read First)

  1. Click on a video above (Friends, TED, etc). You must do this before the next step.
  2. Press the Start Video button to begin the listening game.
  3. As you listen, type the missing word for each sentence in the [sentence] area below this box.

You do not need to use your mouse to stop and start the video. It will automatically stop so you can type the answer.

If you enter the correct word, you will gain 100 points and the next sentence will appear. However, you will lose 25 points for replaying a sentence and 100 points for displaying the answer. Good luck!


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Every week, new videos will be added for you to practice. If you have any requests or technical difficulties, please leave a comment below.

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41 comments on “Listening Game: Practice Listening with Youtube Videos (Ted Talks, Friends, etc)

  1. Aya (Posted on 12-18-2017 at 18:26) Reply

    I think it is helpful and fun ;)

    1. CHRISTOFFER (Posted on 6-22-2018 at 07:14) Reply


    2. Anonymous (Posted on 2-16-2024 at 18:21) Reply

      i think it’s useful and interesting

  2. Trupti Totale (Posted on 2-13-2018 at 16:47) Reply

    I like Ted Talks. It is very thoughtful and clear speech.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 2-17-2018 at 19:32) Reply

      I saw your name in the Hall of Fame. Come back and play again anytime!

      1. Hải (Posted on 7-23-2023 at 01:39) Reply


  3. Mohammad (Posted on 2-25-2018 at 23:51) Reply

    It was awesome and helpfull to improve our listning skills.

  4. Mohammad (Posted on 2-26-2018 at 00:11) Reply

    It helped to be more precise about the listning.

  5. sophia (Posted on 3-21-2018 at 07:42) Reply

    It is awesome and helpful to improve our listening skills. very very useful, the only best way i found to listen while watch videos
    please add much more new videos for us to practice, thanks millennial

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 3-21-2018 at 13:07) Reply

      I will. Please share the this page with your friends! I think it is a great learning tool but it needs more visitors.

  6. Tahreer (Posted on 3-25-2018 at 10:56) Reply

    Really creative

  7. Joseph (Posted on 3-30-2018 at 23:36) Reply

    Great! Really helpful!
    Will come back for more! :)

  8. Ravi Prakash kumar (Posted on 11-22-2018 at 03:58) Reply

    It is of one of the best kind of english learning method …thank you @Englishcurrent

  9. northernstar (Posted on 12-11-2018 at 16:20) Reply

    Hahaha! So much fun it was! Now sharing this with friends :D

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 12-11-2018 at 17:37) Reply

      Great! This game needs more players!

  10. ali baka (Posted on 4-22-2019 at 12:06) Reply

    a very good comprehension makes my English getting better .

  11. kelvin (Posted on 10-9-2019 at 08:26) Reply


  12. Rajni Saharan (Posted on 2-14-2020 at 10:42) Reply

    Great ! I am going to share it with my classmates

  13. Carla Sablan (Posted on 2-20-2020 at 07:18) Reply

    Great ideas!

  14. Anonymous (Posted on 6-15-2020 at 15:55) Reply

    Please, add more videos with British pronunciation.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 7-5-2020 at 01:24) Reply

      See our new TED talk about space & time to practice your listening.

  15. Matthew Macapagal (Posted on 9-16-2020 at 04:05) Reply

    It was a nice experience and it was fun.

  16. adrian (Posted on 2-3-2021 at 10:49) Reply


  17. AntonMoscow (Posted on 2-4-2021 at 12:18) Reply

    It was a fun test. My score is 2400.

    1. hello (Posted on 9-3-2022 at 20:32) Reply

      I scored -50000

  18. Robertha Tomei (Posted on 2-15-2021 at 22:09) Reply

    It was a nice fun test.

  19. Anonymous (Posted on 9-13-2021 at 19:22) Reply

    Cant hear anything

  20. kezoul ;) (Posted on 9-15-2021 at 00:49) Reply

    that easy when you put the “sous-titres” ;-)

    1. Anonymous (Posted on 9-12-2022 at 00:13) Reply

      cant agree more

  21. Judy Samuels (Posted on 12-29-2021 at 11:36) Reply

    These videos are wonderful. However, I have a high-beginner student. Do you have videos of this quality for that level of student?

  22. Yaman (Posted on 2-28-2022 at 07:46) Reply

    Thank you

  23. East (Posted on 11-6-2022 at 23:29) Reply

    This may be useful for my listening.

  24. Jérémy Laporte (Posted on 9-22-2023 at 10:20) Reply

    I love this activity! These videos are very useful not only for listening but also for speaking because it shows you how they pronounce the structure words in a sentence.

  25. Jérémy Laporte (Posted on 9-22-2023 at 10:47) Reply

    I just watched the art of misdirection part 1 video and some of the words aren’t either transcribed well or transcribed at all. For example, the speaker says “BY show of hands” and only “Show of hands” has been transcribed. Also, he doesn’t say “hi sir” but “alright sir”.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 9-22-2023 at 15:41) Reply

      Hello. Thaks for the comment. I’m glad you are enjoying the videos. I checked the video ( and the speaker does say “show of hands”. With that said, there probably are a few transcription errors. In some cases, I did it manually; in others, I used the transcripts from TED’s site. I haven’t worked on this page in a while. I have been making new lesson plans for speaking class. Are you an English teacher yourself?

      1. Jérémy Laporte (Posted on 12-12-2023 at 02:24) Reply

        Yes I am an English teacher :)

  26. Hani (Posted on 10-12-2023 at 22:13) Reply

    It’s nice. But honestly I couldn’t measure about the score whether equal with A1, A2, B1, B2 or what

  27. Inder (Posted on 11-15-2023 at 10:34) Reply

    Hi there! I tried to use this video today. However it states that the video is no longer available from Youtube.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 11-15-2023 at 10:38) Reply

      Hello. Yes, sorry about the inconvenience. That can happen. Please try another video.

  28. eldek2013 eldek (Posted on 4-18-2024 at 10:49) Reply

    it is too difficult to tell the words

  29. eldek2013 eldek (Posted on 4-18-2024 at 10:52) Reply

    It’s hard to make out the words because the music covers the girl’s voice

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