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 another person's
You just have to
You are happy. Your lessons are coming along nicely and you are
beginning to feel confident that you can speak it 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 in
and you just can't follow what they're saying. They may be speaking too
or they may all have different accents.
The only way to conquer this is to listen to spoken English as often as
- Listen to English radio and television
- Watch English films (but preferably NOT with
- Listen to English on-line. There are so many
web-sites for 'listening'. 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
way to help you with the spelliing.
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
Try also Randall's ESL Cyber
Lab, for mainly American English
- Remember: At first, you will not understand
everything. This is quite normal.
- Just concentrate on the words that you do understand
and get the general meaning.
- Even if you only recognize just a few words, yu will
know more and more with time.
try to translate into your own language. It takes
too much time and won't help you.
Now onto the page about Speaking.