Listen to the English teacher talk about listening to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


It is so difficult to understand all words especially when we listen to a native speaker but I think we will adapt with more exercises and more listening practise

I dont get all words and conversations but I gt good mark, for instance I answered all questions correctly for this quiz, Infact I am worried about what I am trying to analyze the questions unconsciously!! I think this method will be deviating in complicated listening exams! Is this normal?

Hello Peyman1981,

It's quite normal for us to not understand everything in a text we hear, even when we are listening in our own language. In fact, it's an important skill to develop. We have to learn to cope with partial understanding by identifying key points, filling in the gaps where necessary and, sometimes, by making educated guesses at what we missed. It sounds like this is what you are doing and that's quite normal and a good way to go about improving your listening skills.



The LearnEnglish Team

I find difficult also the speaking,because I pretend to understand and I think about the time my teacher gives me, tomorrow I have th English classtest but I'm frightened at the thought of doing that.I hope tomorrow I'll recover that because that's the last chance my teacher gives me. Someone who wishes me good luck?

If I want to help in listening I do the following; first of all, I jot down the main idea. Secondary, looking the face of the pair part during conversation and lastly, is drawing attention to the speakers' conversation and eliminate all listening destructives such as emerging sounds etc. Or interruption.

It is really hard to follow listening, because of the variation of people's talk, utterance, accent etc, what I normally do is be attentive, jot down key words or idea, look at the facial and body gestures help me to listen someone in a dialogue conversation.

For high-stakes , usually i confirm what i understood with the speaker. If am correct , speaker will confirm it , else he will say no and repeat what he said .

When I am studying, I listen many times the dialogues while I am also reading them. It's useful for me.

Sometimes Listening is easier than Speaking for me, for instance, in this lesson, the conversation was really clear and not so fast, but movies or series are really difficult to understand, actors speak very fast and can´t get what they're saying.

first, i ask kindly to repeat the question and then i begin to summerise it in small questions as i had catch it, so that help me to understand what's about.