An important listening skill is trying catch and understand the details you hear. So let's talk about ways to improve your skills by listening for details. Watch & learn.
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That's a great question. I always recommend people find things they're interested in. For example, listen to the music you enjoy. If you like watching fantasy movies, then use that to practice your English. 😊
Hi Edmilson. Thanks for your comment. I was born in Romania but spent half of my life in the United States. You can learn more about my journey in the lesson below. 😃👍
How I Became Fluent: https://youtu.be/BJM8hRuBqv4
Hi guys. I'm bilingual spanish-english, I learnedthem both when I was little, I haven't stopped practicing but I feel out of date with some vocabulary in English because I was in the states only until was 8 years old, then we moved to México. I understand English very well, I have taught it also, my pronounciation is native, even though my spelling isn't so good. What do you recomend?
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us Dora. When it comes to reinforcing grammar, spelling, and even building vocabulary, I've always been a big advocate of reading. Making reading a routine part of our day will help your spelling and grammar because you'll begin to internalize the correct usage. 👍
I feel like I cannot hear people sometimes. I am shy to say repeat for me because if I won’t understand again. They talk about something I don’t know such as laws etc... I give up understanding mostly.
Hi Melly. Thanks so much for your comment. I think many English learners feel the same way. Don't worry about having to ask someone to repeat. When I'm trying to listen to others in another language, I ask people to repeat all the time. Try using subtitles when watching TV or movies. It helps to listen to the words as you read them. Keep practicing & keep up the good work! 😃👍
I use to listen motivational videos that I downloaded on mp3 in my smart phone! I listen every single day, when I work, when I run, When I lunch and some times I listen sleeping. My family think that I'm crazy! But I'm not crazy, I have a dream and I will do everything I can! I am Brazilian and I'm thankful by your videos!!
Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us Francisco. Multi-tasking...I love it! I think listening while you're able to do other things is a great way to get exposure to the language. Have a great week! 😃👍
Thanks for commenting Sujay. I'm glad you enjoyed the activity. In the future, we plan to come out with a free speaking e-course. Hopefully, it'll be ready in the next couple of months. Have a great day! 😃👍
Thanks for amazing practice in listening English.As for me, my writing skills are better than listening.When I was studying at University, we done a lot of exercises and stepped up our writing level.But now thanks for many resources in Internet we have opportunity to improve the listening skills.😘
Thanks so much for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the activity & found it useful. You're right. There are so many wonderful resources on the internet for practicing your listening skills. Keep up the good work! 😃👍
I am hearing impaired and would like to see where the noise is coming from in the mouth related to the IPA. Being able to read the exact sound is important...this will help with understanding and listening. I live in Thailand which has a tonal language. My Thai really got much better after learning a bit where the sounds come from in the mouth.
Hi Mike. Thanks for commenting. That's a great question. I think a useful resource for identifying sounds in the mouth is the University of Iowa's Phonetic Webpage. Here's a link: http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu/index.html#english Just scroll down to where it says "Website Version" and click on that. 👍
Thanks for commenting Luis. That's great you want to improve your English. Here are some other video lessons you might find helpful: 👍
How Improve Your Speaking: https://youtu.be/-fFjhzX9WnE5 Tips to Improve English Fluency: https://youtu.be/zKyJeHWp3qsThe Best Pronunciation Resources to Practice Speaking: https://youtu.be/-QjLmgd6zwM
Nice, indeed! However allow I to point out something.
I'm French and if you'd asked for me the same thinks in my mother language I could have made mistakes.
There is a series of figures to be memorized....
It's not that easy.
For example :
A lady want to cook in accordance with the preselected recipe and instructions....
She is supposed to read in her language, ok?
I am sure she'll have to make sure of everything to have likened.
Indeed, good training. Not that easy. Thank you.
Just a heads up, "exercise" can be used in different contexts. As a noun, it can refer to either a physical or mental activity. For example: When outside, you can do an exercise. (running) / At school, you can do an exercise. (work activity) 👍
Thank you ! Uh! Forgive my boldness but I am afraid you made a mistake. "This is a challenging exercice..."
Well, AFAIK (As far as I know) to exercise ( UK verb). "to exercice" (US verb) and "an exercice" (noun), right?
Even natives and teachers can make mistakes, don't they?
I cannot help but correct mistakes of others. Why? I can't help it (I can't resist)
I hope so much to be corrected by better than me.
I must say that I am a former competitor, (I love challenges).
and accustomed to the exams' rigor.
this strange need for perfection,
and to go beyond one's knowledge.
In a friendly manner. Regards.
Thanks for commenting Christian. You're right. This is a challenging exercise, even for native English speakers. Many have asked us about listening activities, so we hope to do more in the future. Possibly even turn it into a podcast at some point. Hope you have a great day! 😃
Hi, thank you for your comment. I get what you mean. Watching movies can be a little difficult because people tend to speak faster and use more idioms. In the classroom, it's a little different- teachers speak slower, and we tend not to use as many idioms. I would recommend maybe using subtitles in English when you watch something.That could help you "catch" more information, and detect what it is that you're not hearing. I will say this though: the more you do something, the easier it will become. So keep watching them and your listening will improve!
Hi interactive English, I can read and understand I can write too,though not very good.My problem is ,I can not understand what is spoken on TV,in movies and in lectures.My ears listen n listen but I cannot follow what is said.
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us. I think many learners feel the same about TV/movies. I'd recommend using subtitles from time to time, so that you improve your comprehension while identifying the words/phrases with the quick speech. Keep practicing & keep up the good work! 😃👍
Thanks for commenting! That's a good question. Instead of saying "I hold my urine," you would just say "I'm holding it." People understand that "it" means "urine." As for hunger, we don't really use it that way. People can "stave off hunger," but I think it's more common just to say "I'm not eating right now." Hope this helps! 😊
Thanks for commenting & participating in the activity. I made a mistake on this part. Nelson Mandela passed way in 2013 (not 1999) at the age of 95. Sorry for any confusion. Keep practicing & keep up the good work! 😃👍
Thanks so much for your comment. And thanks for pointing out the mistake. You're absolutely right. We got that year mixed up because he was president until 1999. We'll make a note about this in the pinned comment. Have a great day! 😃👍
Hello Ms. Barbara, just one cent of my opinion - if you want to improve your written English, spelling is one of the most important ingredients and of course there are many other stuffs for you to explore. It's "struggling," not "struggeling."
My listening skills talking to english speakers (native or not) are good, I guess, I can have hours of conversation, but I can't handle the pronunciation when I watch movies, I need subtitles because it sounds like people: speak too fast, whisper all the time or/and are too lazy to talk XD
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**CORRECTION: In the first listening activity there is a mistake. Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013 (not 1999). He was president of the country until 1999. Sorry for any confusion.