How to Improve English Listening Skills
If you’re looking to improve your English listening skills, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to share three of our top tips with you today. You’ll also get a link to a resource with even more tips for how to practice English listening.
What’s your Motivation for Improving your English Skills?
Maybe you want to improve your conversational English and make some new friends. Perhaps you want to be able to travel confidently. Maybe you want to understand English TV or movies, instead of relying on subtitles.
You might want to get a higher score on something like the TOEIC listening test to get a better job. Finally, you might want to go to graduate school in an English speaking country and you need to improve your English listening skills in order to understand the lectures.
There are Lots of Different Reasons
There are plenty of reasons why someone would want to improve their English listening skills. Whatever the case for you, our tips will help you practice English listening in a fun, interesting, and varied way.
Are you ready to get better at English listening? We hope so! If not, stop reading right now!
English Listening Tip #1: Listen for One Specific Thing
It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re listening to something a little bit difficult. We’ve all been there. The words are washing over you, but you’re not really taking anything in besides a few random words you might understand. You probably felt extremely frustrated.
However, by listening for one specific thing, you can improve your English listening skills even if the audio is a little bit above your level. Check out this article for how to do it, and some ideas of the specific thing that you can listen for.
English Listening Tip #2: Check out Podcasts
Podcasts are this amazing, free resource that you’re really missing out on if you don’t know about them already. We really hope you’re currently using them to improve your listening skills. But, if not, don’t worry. It’s not too late. You know the secret now!
What’s the Best Thing about Podcasts?
The best thing about podcasts is that it’s super easy to listen to them on the go. You can get them on your Smartphone or tablet and then listen when you’re exercising, on the bus or subway, or in between classes. They’re entertaining, and you can find a podcast for any interest you might have.
If you have a difficult time understand what the people are saying, use the player and go 3/4 speed. 1/2 speed is too slow and the pronunciation will sound very strange.
If you still have a hard time understanding, use some podcasts designed specifically for ESL/EFL students. The language is much simpler and the people talk more slowly.
Check out this article for our favourite podcasts for ESL/EFL students:
English Listening Tip #3: Watch TV and Movies
The final tip about improving your listening skills is about using TV and movies. I’m sure you know this one already! However, there is a way to do it wisely, and there is a way to waste your time.
Check out this article for some tips to consider when choosing what to watch. Also find out where to get English subtitles, and whether or not you should use them.
Improve your Listening Without Spending Money
Check out this short video below for even more ideas:
Need more Listening Tips?
If you need more tips for improving your listening skills, you’ve come to the right place. These three tips already mentioned are directly from the book, 71 Ways to Practice English Listening: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners.
There are 68 more equally awesome tips in the book that will help you get that better score on the TOEIC listening test, travel the world confidently, or understand that English lecture. Have fun while improving your English listening skills. Yes, it really is true!
The book is available in both digital and print formats. The (much cheaper!) digital copy can be read on any device using the free Kindle reading app.
Check out the book for yourself on Amazon today, but only if you want to improve your English skills in a big way:
Have your Say about Improving Listening Skills
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Last update on 2019-09-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API