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Dictation – Boy Swallows Magnets

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(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.


A boy had to have six hours of life-saving surgery after he ate dozens of magnets for an experiment. Rhiley, 12, loves science and decided to swallow 54 magnetic balls, to see if he could get metal to stick to his stomach. He swallowed the first half on January 1st, and the rest 3 days later. When they failed to pass through his system, he woke his mum up and told her he had only swallowed 2. He was rushed to hospital and after an x-ray, he had a six-hour operation to remove them. He spent 10 days unable to move without vomiting. Doctors say that he was very lucky to not have caused any serious lasting damage

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