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"Listening to English"

Listen and learn, the natural way to speak a language.

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Learning to listen is as important as learning to speak,
and there are many ways to listen...

Although improving your pronunciation is something that you can do yourself,
you cannot change the way another person speaks.
You just have to practise listening.

You are happy. Your lessons are coming along nicely and you are beginning to feel confident that you can speak English quite well. When somebody speaks to you, you understand them - and when you reply, they understand you. Wonderful!

But then you try to listen to a group of people all talking together at once, and you just can't follow what they're saying. They may be speaking too fast, or they may all have different accents. The only way to conquer this is to listen to spoken English as often as possible.

For example:

An excellent programme is the BBC World News with updates every 5 minutes.

A site which has pod-casts together with text to follow is Listen to English.
Following the text while you listen is a great way to help you with the spelling.

Another site for 'listening' is Elllo. This site gives you different accents, e.g. American, South African, Australian, etc. Also with text.

Zozanga gives you a choice of English TV stations for ESL students.

Try also Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab for mainly American English.

Cambridge English Skills Real Listening and Speaking 1 with Answers and Audio CD A four-level skills series for adults and young adults Learners can develop the skills they need to use English confidently wherever they are - at home, at work, travelling, studying or just in social situations with English-speaking friends. This edition comes with answers and audio CD.

The British Council- Learn English BBC Learning English - Home Downloads
Learning English - 6 minute English Podcasts in English - Listening Practice
English Club - Listen to the News Sounds English - for Pre-Intermediate

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