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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.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Sometimes I listen to music or watch movies from different anglo-countries because has multiple accents and vocabularies that I have to understand.

Listening is dificult also because of the diferent accent.

I'm suffering from listening skills, but I have many months practice listening to BBC radio and lyrics, i feel good progress, of course I take the advice from this audio and other experiences in comments to be excellent in listening skills. Thanks.

I think listening part when I learning English is the most difficult part. Of course because everybody who talk to me using English was a rapper

I think to learn English need to comprehensively, so I didn't particularly improve the listening part, but change some behavior is really useful like I will watch English TV and listen podcast replace to music, this tiny changing bring benefits to me and I feel my English have tremendously improved.

What I do to help listening includes the following:
- Being sensitive.
- Summarizing conversation and,
- Asking questions on unclear area.

I think listening skill is so hard for me. I can't understand the content of any conversations if they speak too fast. So i can't summary it. Actually i try to improve listening skill by practicing in listening exam of and listening to English song. Personally i think its really useful and excited to improve all skill in English. For this dialogue, maybe its quite easy but i still can't hear clearly all of this. I'm really afraid of listening test. I hope that i will continue to try to improve my listening skill and i can listen better

I listen to English songs and radio even I don't understand them I keep on. I think I am pretty good at listening. I can summarize the main point. But speaking, I am really bad at it. I know what I want to ask or say but the words, they never come out. And I construct the wrong sentences when I speak. The result is, I am afraid of speaking. The things that I am doing are listening and reading. I write a few but no speaking. Any advices to improve my speaking???

Hello BlaiChan

The best thing to do is of course practise speaking with other people. Even if they are not native speakers, it's still useful.

I'd also encourage you to choose sentences from this page that you think would be useful in your speaking, either because they are difficult to pronounce or because they could be useful in different conversations. For example, 'Yep, sounds familiar!' or something similar could be useful in many places.

Practise saying that phrase over and over again until it's easy to say. Check your pronunciation with the recording. Then do the same thing with the other phrases or sentences you've chosen. Do this a couple of times a day for several days, until you can remember and say them all confidently.

Write them down in a notebook and then choose another set of sentences from another listening and follow the same procedure. Gradually, you will build up your speaking fluency and vocabulary, and improve your pronunciation and listening.

Good luck and let us know if that works for you!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Usually I ask repeat me the same thing again.