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Postby KuteSophia » Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:55 pm

I see that there are more questions than answers on listening skill. I myself have met a lot difficulties with Listening too. I try several ways to improve this skill but until now to me, it remains the weakest skill. Below are several methods I did try

-Hearing without attention by playing audio news almost day. it bores me sometimes.
-Listening with high attention with tape scrip. (Without reading scrip first, I can understand the general idea only. I just catch the details when i read the scrip). Sometimes I understand exactly every word in the sentence but i still cannot catch up with the idea of the speaker.
-Watching film with/without subtitle. With subtitle, it's so easy. However, without is so funny because with this method I seem to forget all the dialogues in the film and focus on actions on the screen only. Sometimes I try to listen, but almost details i get about the film are via eyes than ears.

Are there any effective methods you did try?

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Just listen again and again.

Postby luckylock » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:29 pm

I have ever read some skills of improving English ability of a book written by a Korean. I try it, and I feel his way is good. That book's name is "Not study, but learn".

1.Choose a English tape. Be careful! It cannot have any other language but English. And it's not too difficult to you.

2.Listen it again and again. Don't look up any words in dictionary. Don't care about understand or not. Just listen. Until you can "hear" every words or sounds.

3.Change another tape and repeat the ways above.

His methods have five steps. I mentioned above is one of them. The first step is just only to promote your listening ability. My process is second step now and I feel greater. I think you can try it.

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Postby Bambang » Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:36 am

I have been trying to watch any English program on tv without looking at the subtitle. It was hard at firts, but my listening skills are getting better now.

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Postby ahmedxzxz » Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:54 am

HI EVERYONE,,I THINK THAT LISTENING AND SPEAKING ARE IN ONE CIRCLE,,IF YOU SPEAK WELL(IMEAN IF YOUR PRONUNCIATION IS WELL)YOUR LISTENING SKILL WILL BE WELL,TOO.

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Re: Just listen again and again.

Postby BenWizard » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:05 am

luckylock wrote:I have ever read some skills of improving English ability of a book written by a Korean. I try it, and I feel his way is good. That book's name is "Not study, but learn".

1.Choose a English tape. Be careful! It cannot have any other language but English. And it's not too difficult to you.

2.Listen it again and again. Don't look up any words in dictionary. Don't care about understand or not. Just listen. Until you can "hear" every words or sounds.

3.Change another tape and repeat the ways above.

His methods have five steps. I mentioned above is one of them. The first step is just only to promote your listening ability. My process is second step now and I feel greater. I think you can try it.


My native language is Spanish and I want to improve my English language skills. Could you tell me or any body where I can get that book "Not study, but learn"?. I couldn't find it in Amazon.com. Thanks a lot friends.

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Postby vinhtruong » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:35 pm

Listenning skill is really difficile. Although I listen English everyday, but my skill isn't improve. I think my methodology isn't right. Therefor it's so great if you show me the best way to improve listenning skill.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby denvinbo » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:35 am

I listen to English news 2 hours a day...so my listening skill is better now.... :D :D :D but not only listening to the news, but also listening to English lesson or a lesson in magazines................
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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby lovecindy » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:04 am

:) Hello, everyone. I'm from China. And I'm an English learner.
I've kept listening news of CNN or AP for nearly half a year, about an hour per day.
:?: But I find that I'm still not very good at some accents or dialects, as well as some connected speeches. And I'm not familiar with the cultures of both UK or USA.
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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby forum » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:19 am

Yes, learning the culture is very important!

I have seen some students who can speak English well, but because they don't know the culture, they do not know WHAT to talk ABOUT!

One great way to learn culture is reading online newspapers. Don't just read the news articles, but also read the opinion articles (these days many online newspapers have blogs and other opinion based articles).

I also write about culture at my site: http://askjohn.seesaa.net/
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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby emilykorea » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:59 pm

thanks for sharing..:)

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Postby nat » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:41 am

One of the best way to improve listening is listening to English and American songs.Begin with songs of Madonna, Beatles.Their songs are quite understandable for learners of English.Listen and try to put down words.Listen one and the same song until you understand and put down every word you hear.It's not so difficult and moreover it's not boring!Good luck! ;-)

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Postby Bambang » Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:28 am

bestvni wrote:My favorite way to improve my listening skilll is listen to the radio in english!


I like doing this, too.
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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby Cossette » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:22 am

To improve my listening skill, I keep on watching news on TV such as the BBC and CNN. I also watch English movies.

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Postby Krisha » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:00 am

I have difficulty in listening especially if i watch british english movies like harry potter. The intonation and the accent is hard to comprehend.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby MattNickson » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:06 am

yup yup thats way way better ,meeting a native english speaking person .
But watching movies and listening to songs also helps a lot .

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby kasunsilva » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:08 pm

The best thing is to practise with a native speaker. If you can't, watching DVDs with subtitles will help, and BBC/ CNN news if you can get it (if you video a TV programme, you can watch it slowly and it will be easier to understand.)

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby frdsmth » Wed May 27, 2009 12:19 pm

Listen for name

Repeat a person’s name when you first meet him or her. This will make you listen first and talk second. You want to have a mental set to become a better listener, and repeating a person’s name will help you do that.

Don’t hesitate to ask a person to repeat the name the second time, especially if the name is unusual. You are showing concern for the other person, which is an important aspect of listening.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby Jessica » Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:40 am

1. Ask the speaker to speak more slowly. The person speaking wants you to understand, so they are happy to slow down - but you need to ask them.

2. Ask people to repeat what they have said if you didn't understand. Again, the speaker is trying to have a conversation and will do what they can to help you.

3. Watch English television programs and movies aimed for children and teenagers. They use a level of English that is good for learners. Most countries offer cable television from other cultures.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:28 am

You have to avoid external distractions. If you're practicing your listening skills by talking to someone, do it in a quiet room that doesn't have that many distractions like paintings or appliances.

If you're going to practice using songs, settle for the slower songs first.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:35 pm

You can also play a game to practice your listening skills. This should be done in groups. This is a game called "pass the message". Form a line and the one in front should write down a paragraph. Then he should read the message to the person behind him. He should whisper the message to him. Then the 2nd person should whisper whatever it is that he remembered from the message passed to him. It is important that the others don't hear what you're saying. Then this goes on until the last person and the last person should go up front and write down what he heard. Then compare notes to see if you did well.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:19 pm

Also, stand close to the speaker when you're listening. However, be aware that some cultures are particular about their personal space so don't stand too close. A good rule is the one arm's length rule so don't go beyond that.


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