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S1E59 – Quick Dictations – Giant Squid Statue

Episode Notes

(A bit of a difficult English dictation today!)

A weekly dictation to help learners of the English language to improve their listening comprehension.

How to use:

  1. Don’t look at the transcript (text) below.
  2. Listen to the podcast (the dictation is repeated twice) and try to write everything you hear down.
  3. Check your text with the text of the dictation. If any word is different, it is probably a listening comprehension mistake. Try to listen again to the word and repeat the pronunciation a few times. If you don’t understand the word when you read it; it is probably new vocabulary.
  4. Listen to the dictation again. You should understand some of the words that you didn’t understand before.


In Japan, a town received funds to help with COVID-19 relief and decided to use them on something a little different.  The town leaders decided that the best way to use the money was to buy a huge statue of a giant squid.  The town is famous for its squid fishing, so the town council thought that a giant squid statue would bring in more tourists.  The statue cost around $200,000. 

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