How to Improve English Listening Skills

Several students asked me what's the best way to improve listening skills.

I could sell you some textbooks or programs, but I'm not going to do that.

I'll tell you the honest truth. You have to already have established the habit of listening, every day.

Consistency is the key to acquiring any skills.

In other words, it doesn't matter what book or program you use, as long as you keep practicing.

There are no quick tricks to improve your listening skills, but I believe there are FOUR things you should consider when choosing what to listen to.

1. You should be able to understand 80% of the material. Whether you choose to listen to audio program, radio, or podcast, it shouldn't be too difficult. If you understand less than 60%, then you'll get unmotivated. If you understand 100%, you'll quickly lose focus. Try to find the material that's appropriate for your level. Aim for 80%.

2. Choose the topic you're interested in. You have to make sure you keep listening to English every single day. The best way to assure that is to listen to a topic you're interested in – gardening, computer programming, movie review, or cars – it doesn't matter.

3. Find someone whom you want to emulate. If children learn to speak by imitating their parents, then you should learn to speak English by imitating someone whose speaking style you like. Whether you find these people on Youtube, TV, or TED talks, it's important to have an idea of how you want to present yourself in English.

4. Do a little bit of everything. Listen, take notes, read your notes, and talk from memory. You should listen, write, read, and speak. Do a little bit of everything to reinforce what you have just learned.

If you want to find out:

– How to choose which program or podcast to listen to
– How to find the topic of your interest
– How to find the person you want to emulate

Then click the links below. Make sure you read all of them, so that you can get started!

+ How To Learn English Through Imitation

Listening to Podcast to Improve Your English

If you put things into action, I guarantee you'll see improvements.

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언어와 문화 학습을 좋아하는 일본계 미국인 Josh 입니다. 영어와 일본어를 하고 제3개국어인 한국어는 20대에 배웠습니다. 통번역사, 프로젝트매니저, 마케터로서의 경험을 바탕으로 여러분이 스마트하게 보일 수 있는 영어 스피킹 노하우를 공유하고 있습니다. 비즈니스 영어와 발음과 엑센트에 관한 강좌를 실시하고 있습니다. 분야: 비즈니스 영어, 프레젠테이션, 발음 교정 現: 유튜브채널 SplashEnglish 운영前: 서울교육대학교, 김미경 영어 스피치 트레이너. 협동: EBSe, JEI 재능, 메가스터디, 제주항공, 캠블리, 코어소리영어, AranTV. 다룰 줄 아는 악기: 탬버린.좋아하는 음식은 타코스.

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