How to improve English LISTENING
Listening is tricky. It takes time and a lot of practice. As a non-native speaker, I understand your struggles! 😋 This is why today I want to share with you some of the things that have helped me improve my listening skills.☺
If it’s extremely hard for you to understand fluent speakers, start with youtube videos. But not just any videos. Choose the ones that deeply interest you.💞 Make sure you know some things about the topic. If you have no idea what to start with, then I suggest watching something familiar.
For example, if you’re German, you could search “German festivals”. If you’re French, you could search “Trying French food”. If you live in Argentina, then you could search “Visiting Argentina”.* Adapt it to your culture and you preferences.✌😊
*These are just random ideas. I’m not trying to be stereotypical. 😇
Everyone loves music! 😍 No matter the genre you prefer, you can find the right artists who sing in English! 🎶✨Search for the lyrics and then enjoy karaoke with your friends. Having fun while learning – YES, that’s possible!🤩
Movies with no subtitles
That might be hard at first. If so, start with English subtitles. Then try to exclude them. Have patience and again, choose the movies that you enjoy watching.📽
There are many types/accents of English. The pronunciation is quite different, depending on the native. This website allows you to listen to British English, American English, Australian English and so on – choose the country you’re interested in!
Listen for gist
Last, but by no means least, focus on the main idea. Try to understand the context and what happens in a movie/video. Don’t put pressure on yourself. 🤗 Relax, ignore the difficult details for now, and try to follow the plot. Trust me, the more you listen, the more you understand. Why is this important? Well, if you constantly underestimate yourself and blame yourself for not getting much, you probably won’t continue. So for now, just enjoy as much as you understand!😊 You’ll get better in no time!
Question: What is your favourite way to practice listening?