Listening to English can be difficult and frustrating. Many of you ask us how you can improve your listening skills. We’re going to help you today in this episode of Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
Voice message from Pilar Martinez
Why don’t we put the episode number of each podcast at the beginning?
iTunes and other podcast apps truncate the text. (native apps on iOs and Android, and Overcast for iOS and Pocketcast for Android)
Email from Alirio from Venezuela
Hello Reza y Craig!!
My name is Alirio, I’m 35 and I am from Venezuela.
I have been living in England for 2 years, specifically in a town called Reading.
I have been listening to your podcast for 6 months every day and to make sure that I am understanding (I understand) every word I listen to it 3 or 4 times each episode.
Since I have been doing it I have improved my listening and speaking skills.
I started with episode number 1 until the recent ones and then go back.
I realized that Craig is married now and also lost so much weight, good for him!!
By the way, I am studying English in order to get 7.5 in the IELTS test, which is a high mark but that’s a score I need to be accepted in a specific job in the UK.
I could let you know what sort of job (it) is, and maybe I X
wouldX (will) dare to send you a voice message. I would rather tell you that when I get the mark I need in the IELTS test.
I have recently become (to be) one of your patrons. I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful work. Please guys, never give up podcasting!
Rosario from Argentina
Listens during her commute (Rosario has 3 kids!)
attendX calls in English (deal with, answer, make/receive or get, handle)
give me X
an adviceX (some advice, a piece of advice)
How to improve your listening skills
1. Do what Alirio is doing and listen to our podcasts 2 or 3 times every day for 6 months! (and move to England!)
2. Listen as much as possible and to a wide variety of sources: news, podcasts aimed at native English speakers based on your hobbies and pastimes, songs, audio books, TV series (Binge-watch on Netflix) any fun video content, including films and TV series in original version, YouTube videos and Twitch, if you’re into gaming, TED talks, etc.
TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks
3. Time can be a problem, so make good use of multi-tasking with your mobile phone. Use ‘dead’ time: Driving, travelling by bus/train, doing housework, (washing dishes, cooking, etc.), working out, waiting in a queue, walking the dog – always make sure that you have something in English on your phone to listen to.
4. Choose listening that’s slightly above your level of English. Use the speed control on your media player to slow the audio down.
5. Listen and read a transcript at the same time. Notice how the sounds of English connect and change in natural speech.
6. Change Siri, Alexa, Google Voice to English.
7. Listen for context. Listen to whole phrases or ‘chunks’ of English and don’t focus word for word. If you do not understand one word, don’t get stuck on that word, try to understand the whole context (the same goes for reading).
8. Go to meetups/language exchanges in your area. If there aren’t any, organize one with work colleagues or friends. Speak to real people! (get outside your comfort zone!)
9. Our sponsor, italki has professional teachers who can help you improve your English.
You find a teacher that’s right for you and pay the price you can afford. You can have regular weekly, twice-weekly or daily! 1 to 1 conversations with a native speaker using Skype, Zoom or other video software.
Italki also has a Language Exchange – Find a language partner. Exchange time teaching your native language for time practicing a foreign language. – Free!
$10 italki credit when you pay for your first lesson
Cómo mejorar el listening y la comprensión en Ingles: http://www.mansioningles.com/como-mejorar-listening-comprension-ingles.htm
Audio message from Mariela Tapia from Ecuador who also asks a question about listening.
came across (X
withX) your podcast.
isX are speaking on the street
listening TO the audio
Practice more exam-based tasks
Find a bar where you can speak English with native speakers in a noisy environment.
An email from Juanjo Arias
Good evening Craig & Reza
This morning while I was driving my car from Huelva to Sevilla, I was listening (to) the episode number 202 (Helping People).
In this episode, you both were talking about the way people are appreciated in some situations, the way we X
use toX usually say “thank you” to another person who did a favour to us. You said in Spain people said “thanks” much less than people say (it) in other countries.
I live in Sevilla, is a large city, maybe not as big as Valencia. But I think that here, in large cities, people behave X
is likeX (as) you said in your podcast. Even in boundary (the suburbs?) places near the big city (often we call X thisX (these) little towns as “ciudades dormitorio”) people tend to be a little impolite.
But when I go to small villages, far from big cities, the behavior changes a lot. Yes, they say “thanks” much more there.
I think in large cities we are a bit X
abducted byX (wrapped up/absorbed in) our works, our worries, fears, troubles… In a word, stress.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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