#EngTips: How to improve your English listening skills

This article is dedicated to one of our fellas, @randwiu, and to every one of you who wants to improve your listening skills. As every tip should be, you will need basic knowledge and comprehension in English. So pay attention to your teachers/lecturers in class.

  1. Listen to not only one English audio source.
    • If you like songs, you should also try listening to news, English speaking YouTube channels, or movies.
    • Note: Be careful when learning from pop cultures. They usually use slangs and are grammatically incorrect.
    • To avoid this kind of mistake, always refer to English textbooks or dictionaries when in doubt.
    • ”or google by typing “what does blablabla mean” on the engine” – @anissafebr <~ This one is extremely helpful in emergency situation.
  2.  Try not to use subtitles or closed caption when you’re watching videos.
    • My personal trick is trying to understand TV shows without subtitles, and then re-watch it with subtitles.
    • It takes a little more time, but that way you could see whether your comprehension is correct or incorrect.
  3. Speak it out!
    • Understanding how it sounds is not enough; you must practice to pronounce it yourself.
    • You could use a partner or do it in groups or at least do it by yourself in front of the mirror.
  4. Listen to accents.
    • Every accent is unique. Listening to different kinds of accent can help you understand English better.
  5. Practice with native speakers and non-native speakers.
    • This tip has the same principal with the one before. Listening to various English pronunciations helps a lot.
    • I once went to the airport just so I can talk to foreigners. It was a thrilling experience, really.
  6. Listen, listen, and listen.
    • Repeated and continuous practices are always the best way to do it. Don’t give up too easily.
    • It could be tiring, or it could be very fun. It depends on your motivation.
  7. Set high targets but don’t push yourself too hard.
    • You could start easy (listen to songs and then read the lyrics), and then move to movies or news or something more formal.

Alright, fellas! That’s all I can share for now. Do you have more tips to share? If you do, feel free to leave it in the comment box below.

 

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 8, 2016

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