Many English learners, especially beginners, often find it difficult to listen because they can not understand what the teacher is saying. And the lack of proper training methods will discourage the learners and they will give up English soon. Then how to practice listening to English to bring the best results?
Practice pronunciation before practicing listening to English
Do you think that pronunciation only relates to speaking skills, not listening skills? If yes, you are completely wrong. Practicing pronunciation is an important step which decides whether you can hear correctly. When you practice pronunciation, you know the pronunciation of English words, so when you hear the words, you will be able to easily recognize them. Proper pronunciation will limit mishearing. There are many cases even though that word is very familiar to you but when you hear it you still cannot hear what that word is. This is because you have pronounced the word wrong and lead to not able to recognize words spoken by others.
Cultivate more vocabulary
Listening and speaking are the two most basic and important communication skills. As well as speaking skills, to practice listening to English, you need to have a lot of vocabulary for listening skills to be able to hear and understand everything that other people say. Failure to understand or even cannot understand anything will interfere with your communication. Therefore, cultivate your vocabulary regularly so you do not miss any information.
Select the tapes that suits your current ability
Listening materials in this digital age are a lot, but you need to select the appropriate listening tapes to suit your level to not be bored because of the too easy tapes or overwhelmed by too hard listening tapes. If you still do not know where your qualifications are, Global Learning suggests several websites that can help you practice listening to English effectively:
– VOA is a website for practice listening for beginners, with easy listening and slow speed of reading, VOA will help you get used to the vocabulary, intonation and pronunciation of the English language.
– BBC is an English website for practice listening for those who are Intermidiate.
– CNN is an English website with quite hard news.
You can select the site to have the appropriate listening tapes suiting to your current level.
Correct attitude with listening
When you practice listening to English, you must concentrate. Do not let your tape slip through your ear but you can not save anything. Practice listening with seriousness.