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An interview about listening skills

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.



Nivel de idioma

Intermediate: B1


I use to listen to the radio and watch the T.V, but Gabriela has given me a good idea since now I will try to summarize and to break down the conversation into small questions that let me get control of the conversation.

Listening how I do to improve it. Firstly, people start from the easy listening and short conversations. When you feel comfortable with them, then you change to a little hard that are long conversations and you have to learn many phrases and words. Secondly, you should listen to plenty of source English such as BBC news, CNC, Ted talk and more. The most important thing that you need to check it with transcript. The third, you should practise with long conversations and and make sure you can get the idea. The fourth, you have to spend a lot of time to do it everyday. Practise make perfect.
In conclusion, you are patience to learn English, step by step and day by day. After a period time you will improve your skill. I also wish myself do it well.

I have to say the point of summarising and breaking down questions is great!

Of course, listening is most difficult task. I hear this audio 3 times to understand because my listening power is low in English language. I easily understand American people to speaking English but I don't understand British or other European native peoples. I'm practice to solve this problem.

For me , I listen most of the audio files from this website and take the exercises.When I face with some situations like the sound is so native ,at that time , the only familiar words 've left in my brain.So I have to reorganize what he said .As a practice for both speaking and listening ,I have a lot of calls to English learners like me through English practising apps.

We can improve our listening skills by asking more questions. We should summarize the lectures of teacher without pretending to understand the lecture which actually we didn't. We should thoroughly understand the conversation and try to keep the speaker at slow pace to understand complete conversation.

I try to listen to podcasts and watch the movie. The most important problem that I struggle with, is, I can hardly follow the speaker when I hear an unfamiliar word. I stuck in the word and miss the rest of the speech or conversation.

Hello Nafy,

I would encourage you to try not to get stuck on one word and to instead try to understand phrases or sentences. Often (though not always), this will probably help you figure out what the word means, even if you're not sure what the word is. This is not easy to do, but I think it might help you.

Another good idea is to consider practising your pronunciation, which will not only help your speaking, but also your listening! On a page like this, for example, find five or six words or phrases that were pronounced in a way that you found difficult. Write them down, listen to how they are pronounced, and then practise saying them again and again until they feel more comfortable to pronounce. 

This also requires discipline and in the beginning your progress will probably feel slow. But gradually, you will improve both your speaking and your listening comprehension.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

It's not difficult, it is just a practice. Initially, I was very bad at it but over time I have improvised on my listening skill. What happens when we listen is, every word hits our ears stimulate, and creates a new thought and that's why we get lost in our own thoughts. So the problem is with us, our own thoughts. To control those we need to stay calm and meditation is a great tool for that. When we know something is happening all the time in our head while doing anything. Pull back oneself in the present moment by focusing on the breath. I highly recommend do this even you're listening to anyone that will definitely help what is you're putting in your head.

When I start trying to say smth I seem like a child who knows only "yes, maybe, no, good" :(