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


The presenter summarises very clear my trouble and of the majority of people. For me too, Listening is by far the most difficult of the four skill to develop. I also ask people I communicate with to they repeat, but I don't understand even when they repeat it. And, if I apply the second strategy which was mentioned through make smaller questions, but I don’t succeed in understanding much. What should I do?, what other recomendations should I follow?. Thanks a lot for your support and I look forward to read their comments once again.

Hello César Árraga

Different things work better for different people, and it's difficult to give you specific advice without knowing you, but in general I would recommend extensive listening, i.e. listening to English as often as you can. Television programmes and films can be great resources here, because what you see also helps you understand. It also provides meaningful context. I would recommend watching them with English subtitles at first, and then later without them.

When there are phrases or sentences in the film or episode that you think could be useful to learn, write them down and then practise saying them. Listening can improve pronunciation, but practising your pronunciation can also help your listening!

I hope this helps you.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk

I appreciate your advices and I'll put it into practice. Thank you so much again.

Listening seems one of the most difficult skills specially when the person who is talking talks very quickly so we should all have some strategies in order to improve our listening skills in order to understand what we hear.
For me, being upset by not understanding someone who is talking requires unfortunately to ask him to repeat once again what he had said slowly to understand well what he wants to say.
When talking with records or movies, we can stop playing them to listen another time to the part we didn’t understand.
All of these strategies are for me excellent ones in order to improve someone’s listening skills to achieve better level in someone’s listening skills.

I improve listening English with videos and movies, also I hear radio station from UK like sunshine radio or absolute radio classic rock, also I like hear bbc radio station.

Well... at first when I started learning english, I used to play and stop the audio in order to write down what I had heard, after that I used to check my writing with the transcript, and that really helped me to improve my listening skill. Now I am using some helpful resources such as cartoons on youtube, another one is a "lyric song training" apps, and this is a wonderful hobby to me. Sometimes I recive phone calls from people arround the world who likes to practice their speaking and listening skills. And finally, I have been training myself since I've found the British Council's webside.

There are many ways helping to enhance listening skills such as i try to listen more more audio podacts and Radio . Also , I try to be with my native speakers friends as much i can to hear more .

I have completed the following lessons of An interview about listening skills, Making a Decision, and A phone call from a customer. The level that i chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

since a few months ago i have started listening britishcouncil podcasts .i use the android app.also i try to watch movies to improve my listening, plus using these helpful and great listening lessons in website.

What I do to help with listening is to read the transcript while listening if it is available .