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


I try to focus and concentrate as much as possible on what is being said. That way I don't miss key information. I listen to the radio every day on my way to or from work or driving around at the week end. I have a favourite radio station.

It seems that your website has changed contents of the section: "Frequently asked questions". Last time I remember I've read it with tips kind of "how to improve speaking/writing... skills", but they are not there now. I like the tips much because they help me practice right ways. I hope to see them again and plus listening and reading skill tips.
Thank you.

Hello qtn03

I'm sorry to hear that you miss those tips. I can't promise that we will restore them, but I will speak with the rest of the team about your comment.

In the meantime, I can post these tips here in the comments. Since I see that you write comments on our site nearly every day, I'll start with Writing, but please let me know if you'd like to see a copy of any other other answers and I'll find them for you. Please also note that this advice was written before we created our Skills section, so I would of course mention the Reading and Writing sections as sources for models in addition to the Magazine.

How can I improve my writing?

How to write depends upon what kind of writing you want to do, for what purpose you are writing and who the recipient is. Different kinds of writing require different language and different ways of organising the text, so the first thing to do is to take a look at as many different texts as you can. In general, to improve your writing it's important to read and write as much as possible, so keep an eye out for good examples of letters, articles and so on. Using the internet to read magazines, newspapers and other text-types from online media is a good idea.

If possible, you should get feedback from a teacher or knowledgeable friend on your writing. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to give users individualised feedback on their writing, but you can still use LearnEnglish to do some work on your own. For one thing, you can respond to other users in the comment sections to carry on a written conversation. Good writers learn from reading other writers' texts, so you could learn a lot about writing from reading the content on the site. Our Magazine might be a good place to start if this interests you.

Whatever you do, try to spend at least 15 minutes several days per week reading and/or writing. When you have doubts, ask a friend or teacher, or you're also welcome to ask us periodically here by using the comments sections on each page. Remember also that it's important to write in an organised way: start by collecting your thoughts, then plan how you are going to organise them, then write a first draft. After that, check (or get someone else to check) your draft before writing your final version. Research shows that good writers constantly review their work and amend it, so this is a good model.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk,
I don't know how other people's feelings, but I really like your website from which I have been learning a lot. Most things I need for English I can find on britishcouncil[dot]org, from kids, teenagers and teachers...etc.
I know that you can tell me see the tips on youtube channels or where else. I have seen the videos on the youtube channels. But I think they are general advises, not being specific for this website. When I read tips as the one in your comment, I will know it use for this website. That's better for me, and maybe for others somehow.
All the best,

Hello qtn03

Thanks very much for telling us all of this. It's always satisfying to know that our users find our resources useful.

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

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.