Listening practice is VITAL if you want to improve your listening in English.
I surveyed my audience and asked them how often they listen to English. Here is the result of that question:
More than 60% of English learners listen to less than 1 hour of English per week.
If you want to learn English fast, then you need to listen more. Listen as much as you can. It is one of the best ways to improve quickly.
There are many ways that you can get more English listening practice. I list them all on this page. Here are some quick tips to help you get started:
1. Always be listening to English
On the train? Listen to English.
Cleaning your house? Listen to English.
Working? Listen to English songs.
Even if you are not fully focused on what you are listening to, you are still going to benefit from it.
2. Only have English audio on your phone/music player
If you only have English podcasts, audio, and songs on your phone, then the choice is simple: you either listen to something in English or you don’t listen to anything.
Now you just have to decide what to listen to.
3. Listen to things you enjoy
Most audio for English learners is boring.
If something is boring, we don’t want to do it. If we don’t want to do it, then we don’t do it.
Listen to things that you find enjoyable. Things that interest you (see my videos below!). Learning English should be fun!
4. Don’t make it too difficult
We don’t want to do things that are too difficult too.
We feel frustrated and sad that we don’t understand something. That is why I recommend you build up your listening skills over time. For example, don’t watch movies and expect to understand everything.
Start with something easier like the news. Or my videos.
Read on to learn how you can get more practice…