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  • Hey friends, thanks for hanging out with me again today.

  • As always, go ahead and go grab yourself a delicious beverage to help you relax and settle

  • in today.

  • I am drinking a delicious Austrian sparkling wine, and I've added some raspberries in there,

  • just because I'm feeling extra festive and celebratory today.

  • Ya, maybe make your drink...something festive.

  • So I'm doing something a little bit different today. This video is part of a series. The

  • idea of this is to give you different ways to try a skill....something different than

  • you've heard before....something a little more practical maybe...something a little

  • more accessible...something more doable...and something enjoyable....how about that?

  • So today we're going to talk about listening because I know so many of you are really frustrated

  • with the skill of listening um because it is a hard skill to just sit and practice,

  • I understand that. You can sit and do grammar books, you can do a lot activities in books,

  • but speaking and listening, that's tough. What I'm doing for you today, is the top 5

  • ways I think that you can improve you listening skills. I have had a lot of experience with

  • students at the this point. I am really lucky to have been a teacher for many years at this

  • time and listening is something that is always brought up and I have found that listening

  • is a very difficult thing for people to fix or improve if you are a perfectionist. When

  • you're learning language and something like grammar is really easy for you, listening

  • will most likely not be. So, the first think I would say, if you are struggling with your

  • listening is to relax... and I know some of you think "I don't relax". OK, get a beverage...

  • relax... you can do this. I've seen people who are "incapable of relaxing" get their

  • listening skills up. Perfectionists want to understand every word and when you are learning

  • listening in a language... you're just not going to understand every word. Sometime in

  • your own language you don't understand every word, but you pick out the key words and you

  • figure out what they said. Not because you don't understand, but maybe you just didn't

  • hear so well. You are listening for key words and filling in the blanks. That is listening

  • in another language. So, right now I am learning German. I'm lucky that listening is my top

  • skill when I'm learning another language. This is something that I am really naturally

  • good at. So, I also think that that is a reason that I have really been passionate about helping

  • other people be as good at listening as I am, because I have figured out what I do to

  • make this easier for me and really that filling in the blanks thing is KEY. The second thing,

  • we connect words. People connect words in all languages. So, we connect words just like

  • most languages, but English connects them even more than maybe other languages. Your

  • ears and your brain have to be ready to hear words connect. If you wanted to ask a question

  • like "How do you do this?" how do you do this... we don't say how do you do this, we say howdya

  • do this, we say howdya, howdya, how do you, howdya, howdya do this. Or "What can I do?"

  • what can I do, whatkin eye, whatkin eye, whatkin eye do. So, these things don't really sound

  • anything like the way they look. Sometimes listening is like learning another language.

  • And this is a language that isn't written on paper, so that is another reason that people

  • who like perfectionism and systems and things really struggle with listening because it's

  • just not a perfect skill and there is no book for it. So just be ready to, if you hear something

  • and you can't think of what it is, just start with the first sound. Whatduhya, what, you

  • know what, break it down, you will start to get it. You will start to hear it the way

  • that people are saying it. So those are the two things I need you to know before you try

  • to improve your listening. If you're not ready for these two things, it is going to be a

  • disaster. So, make sure you focus on... not being a perfectionist and knowing we connect

  • words.

  • So, top five ways to listen. Let's start with number five. Talk to someone on Skype. So

  • there are different ways you can do this, yes a lot of times you have to pay for it

  • and maybe that's not something you can do. But there are also a lot of websites that

  • have language exchange. Someone out there is looking to practice your language. And

  • there are a lot of English speakers looking to practice ALL KINDS of languages. So, I

  • feel confident that whatever your language is, you can go on to one of these websites

  • and find someone who's wanting to speak English for free. That is the idea of the language

  • exchange. You talk sometimes in your native language and then you talk sometimes in English.

  • And then, like I said, of course you can also be paying for conversational lessons over

  • Skype, which is a great way to be able to listen to an English speaker, as well.

  • So that was number 5. Number 4. You've probably heard of, if not it's a great organization

  • and a great website and it is called TED talks.

  • The link's below the comments, so don't worry...you'll see it. So what TED Talk are, are these speeches

  • that are given by primarily English speakers, almost always an English speaker on all kinds

  • of topics. From technology, medicine, humanitarianism, to education....the thing that TED Talks have

  • in common, is that they usually have something to do with an expert speaking on it...somebody

  • who's really intelligent on the topic, and they're always really positive....they're

  • usually talking about something innovative, looking towards the future, encouraging change.

  • I think you should listen to them because you will find something you're interested

  • in, for sure...they have every topic under the sun.

  • Secondly, every single talk has an interactive transcript, meaning every word said during

  • the speech is then typed in English, so you can readddd...along with the person as you

  • listen. And they're speaking naturally enough, they have it in their head, so its fairly

  • natural speech and its at a fairly natural speed. So I think its a really great thing

  • to listen to and read along at the same time.

  • So that is number 4. Going to number 3. We have access today on the internet, on ITunes,

  • all around...access to different talk radio stations. So this is where you can listen

  • usually 2 people have a very normal casual conversation about a topic....again, you can

  • choose talk radio about almost any topic. So you can really find something you're interested

  • in. But my recommendation is to find a student talk radio station. So when we say student

  • talk radio station, its usually a station that's hosted by a university. The kids speaking

  • are university students, so they speak very casually, but still intelligently. And they

  • speak about current topics and they speak in a really modern way, and a really natural

  • way.

  • So what I recommend, and this might sound crazy to you...but I'm always giving you crazy

  • ideas, so just go with it...talk radio is a great thing to do before you're going to

  • bed. This is like passive listening, I think.

  • So instead of really having to concentrate and grasp all of the content, this is more

  • of just for listening. Just listen to what it sounds like, get yourself used to what

  • the language sounds like, these words connecting.

  • Things will start to click over time. So what I recommend, is that you, at night, put in

  • your earbuds, turn on your phone, listen to some talk radio...fall asleep to it. Who knows,

  • you might even start dreaming in English, before you ever thought it was possible....sounds

  • crazy, but it could totally happen. If you listen to English every night when you are

  • going to sleep, its going to help you improve your listening, definitely, with out a doubt.

  • Going to number 2. One of the most fun ways to improve your listening, and a really effective

  • way, to improve your listening, is to watch comedy TV shows. Why comedy? Comedy is important

  • because comedy shows are always conversational, comedy TV shows is just like conversation,

  • just normal good conversation...plus its funny. And its a great way to understand culture,

  • our humor and be able to listen how people actually talk.

  • So you say, if I turned on an English TV show, I would not understand anything...turn on

  • subtitles in English, so that you're listening and reading, kind of like the TED Talks.

  • You're just trying to see if you can get the overall idea is what is happening in the episode,

  • the overall idea of what's happening...maybe you can catch a joke...that's amazing to understand

  • comedy in another language is a very advanced skill.

  • If you want some recommendations from me, I think that the best shows to watch are the

  • American Office...and the television show Modern Family. I think that these two shows

  • have a very normal casual conversation flow, and I think that they're easy to understand.

  • And number 1...this will come as a shock...drum roll, I can't do a drum roll....YouTube. I

  • think YouTube is a fantastic way to improve your listening skills. I know its one of my

  • favorite ways to improve my listening skills in another language. But, I'm not talking

  • about education shows...no, don't do that, don't do that...I want you to listen to real

  • conversation, people really talking, really being casual and normal.

  • I recommend watching the stars...two of the best, Zoella. Zoella, has a British accent...but

  • its very easy to understand...she speaks really nicely and she does so many other shows with

  • other people, where she has real life conversations with them.

  • As far as an American accent goes, I think its great to watch Tyler Oakley. I think Tyler

  • Oakley is a great person to watch for an American accent, again...just like Zoella, he has a

  • lot of episodes where he looks straight at the camera and is great to listen to, and

  • is easy to understand, and he also has a ton of videos where he's having a conversation

  • with someone.

  • I just think YouTube's so great because you can watch so many videos in a short amount

  • of time...different topics, different people, different context...and its a great way to

  • feel like you're really in the conversation...like you're listening to someone talk to you...because

  • the person's looking at you, having a conversation with you...just like I am with you, right

  • now.

  • So of course I love you listening to me, and you are going to get so used to hearing my

  • voice and if you don't understand everything I say now, you will so soon. But I think these

  • other people are great to listen to as well, just for casual listening, and to have a laugh...hang

  • out and relax, they're great for all of those things.

  • So friends thanks for watching...these were my 5 super secret tips for the alternative

  • indie learner on how to improve your listening.

  • So I really hope that this is something you will try, and you will let yourself do and

  • you will enjoy as well.

  • So friends thank you for joining me as always. If you're not already a Friend or one of my

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  • we can have a dialogue.

  • And then, also like this video...if you think that this could help other people who are

  • really frustrated or struggling with their listening skills...hit the, hit the Like button...that's

  • a great way for people to find it...it just makes it more findable, (findable, no don't

  • put that in).

  • And, finally..let me know what you think, try these things...tell me how it goes, is

  • it helping, is it something you enjoy...anything. Tell me what you think, put it in the comments....and

  • cheers, I'll see you next time, thanks friends!

Hey friends, thanks for hanging out with me again today.

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