Tips for Listening

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Re: Tips for Listening

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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Re: Tips for Listening

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 .

best Of Luck :)

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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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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:42 pm

Also, make sure that you're receptive in your actions. Show that you are ready to listen. If you're not focused, it will show and you might offend the speaker.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:08 am

You are also encouraged to ask questions! But don't answer a question with a question. Always actively listen so you know how to answer the speaker's questions.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:03 am

When listening, don't try to finish the speaker's sentences! This can be rude and is not healthy in developing your listening skills.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:21 am

After listening to what the speaker has to say, ask open ended questions. This will encourage a healthy discussion rather than close ended questions.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby englishhelps » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:59 pm

Always be comfortable when listening. Sit comfortably but don't slouch.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby clevermae » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:50 am

It's the right way to learn! Internal auditors must be able to write, speak, and listen in anyway. Of these three skills, effective listening may be the most crucial because auditors are required to do it so often.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby Matian » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:23 pm

Hello everybody,
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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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby easylsl » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:32 am

I am a good listener but sometimes i don't get what the speaker is saying some words i am not able to get how to improve that ??

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby writing » Thu May 01, 2014 4:09 pm

I would suggest of watching English movies with sub-titles. After few movies, I am sure you will have a pair of good ears towards accent and vocabulary.

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby writing » Thu May 01, 2014 4:14 pm

Well if it is a problem of accent, watch movies..and if there is other thing, I am sure you have a problem with concentration.. don't worry, it's common.. focus more and you will get that :)

easylsl wrote:I am a good listener but sometimes i don't get what the speaker is saying some words i am not able to get how to improve that ??

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Re: Tips for Listening

Postby azoozi » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:15 pm

Hello everybody ,

My listening skill is so bad :oops: , and i get bad marks in an exams :cry:
But when i start do practise .

SO, PLEASE GIVE ME GOOD SOLUTIONS :roll:


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