I'm sure this situation seem familiar to you? Your English is progressing well, the grammar is now familiar, the reading comprehension is no problem, you are communicating quite fluently, but: Listening is STILL a problem!
First of all, remember that you are not alone. Listening comprehension is probably the most difficult task (noun=exercise, job) for almost all learners of English as a foreign language. So, now you know you are not alone....! OK. The most important thing is to listen, and that means as often as possible. The next step is to find listening resources. This is where the Internet really comes in handy (idiom = to be useful) as a tool for English students
Have you ever asked youself ‘How do humans learn their first languages?;
Yes,remember the time when We sit in our diapers and listen to it for about two years, without saying a word. Then we start to mimic, learn constructions, vocabulary, expressions etc.
Why shouldn't it be the same for adults? we can all learn a great deal by
passive listening even as beginners.
Here are a few tips to help you develop your English listening skills
1.When you first start working on your listening skills it is best to do a lot of passive listening or better yet hearing.listening to English radio,news on BBC.
Surround yourself with English when you are not paying attention, like when you are doing the dishes, cooking, surf the Internet or cleaning. Doing this allows your ears to get used to the sounds of English.
After a while you will start to notice that you are able to find English words more easily, express yourself better and also your pronunciation will improve. It depends on the person but hearing English is the first step to improving your Listening comprehension.
2.Accept the fact that you are not going to understand everything.
3.Keep cool (idiom=stay relaxed) when you do not understand - even if you continue to not understand for a long time.
4.Do not translate into your native language (synonym=mother tongue),that’s the worst thing that students usually do.
5.Listen to something you enjoy,like some of the songs you are into (like) it,and check the lyrics out if you need - pop songs are full of cliches and common phrases which you can use in your own speaking and even writing or the movie or series you’re interested,don’t limit yourself just on educational materials. Watch TVs or movies, the pictures of which will help your understanding. With DVD there is the added advantage that you can pause or rewind them as often as you like, in order to catch what is being said or note down useful spoken expressions. Don't forget to record some useful phrases in your vocabulary list!
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