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  • Hello there. My name's Ronnie.

  • I had a lot of people have asked me

  • said "Ronnie, how can I improve my listening?"

  • Uhm, I've gotten a couple of suggestions for you.

  • So, I'm going to teach you some tips on how to improve your listening skills.

  • Probably the way that you have learned listening is...

  • maybe you have a textbook or... a CD.

  • The problem with a textbook/CD is the language is not natural.

  • Oh see... it's so unnatural we get beeped!

  • They have conversations like:

  • "Hello, nice to meet you. My name is Ronnie. What is your name?"

  • "My name is Cynthia."

  • "Nice to meet you, Cynthia."

  • "This is a pen."

  • So, textbook English is not very natural

  • and they doesn't really teach you conversation or words or phrases that we would say normally day to day when we speak English,

  • So, to more natural things, the very first thing is: watching movies.

  • The really good thing about movies is: maybe you like movies and they're fun!

  • So, don't ever be afraid to watch a movie and tell people that you're studying in english

  • That's what I do!

  • My suggestion to you is when you watch a movie, don't go to a theater,

  • because they would not have what we called "subtitles".

  • subtitles are "Hi".

  • Umm... sub means under, and titles means like words.

  • T-I-T-L-E, oh you can spell things

  • Umm.. subtitles are words under the picture or over the picture,

  • that tell you what the actors or actresses are saying.

  • It would be very very difficult for you... to watch a movie with English subtitles

  • So my very first suggestion is when you watching a movie is to watch with your language subtitles

  • So the very first time, you're gonna use your native language

  • first time your native language subtitles

  • then when you understand the movie and you know what's happened,

  • you can change it to English subtitles,

  • so then you're actually seeing what the people are saying

  • so you're studying how they form the words, pronunciation, and you're actually learning vocabulary, too

  • and slang, a lot of slang!

  • The only bad thing about movies is that they're very long

  • and some of there are boring.

  • Movies are about an hour to hour and a half

  • A better thing to do when you first starting out learning English or listening is to watch TV.

  • TV programs are usually 20 minutes

  • and you can find them from all over the world.

  • so, if you want to listen to british english or american english

  • you can choose TV shows from Britain or TV shows from America

  • We even have Canadian TV shows.

  • so... TV shows I think are better than movies because they're shorter

  • the more time you stay in front of the television or the movie screen and have to translate stuffs

  • your brain's gonna get tired, and you're gonna give up, it's gonna be just too much like homework.

  • so, 20 minutes watching a TV show.

  • first with your language subtitles and then with English, will improve your listening

  • Once you've done this a couple times, if you really, really want to try.

  • you can take out the subtitles

  • and just listen to what the people are saying

  • I warn you, they do speak really really quickly.

  • So you have to use the subtitles first, it will help you a lot.

  • Um, the next one is one of my favorite things, is music

  • everyone loves music, don't they?

  • Um, when you listened to music

  • you have to understand that music is not grammar

  • music is never grammatically correct

  • It's absolutely crazily wrong grammar

  • the grammar is awful

  • they say things like "I ain't got no you, baby.", which is not grammar.

  • So, please do not listen to music and think you can learn grammar

  • but what you can do is you can get the lyrics.

  • lyrics basically mean the words to the song.

  • so when you have a CD or MP3 or whatever form you use, a record

  • look on the internet and get the lyrics to the song, print them out or watch them on the screen

  • and listen with the music and listen to the words

  • This again will help you listening AND you can dance if you want to

  • if you don't want to, don't dance, it's up to you

  • Um, so lyrics are very important when you listen to them

  • And the last thing you can do to improve your listening is... go out!

  • Do not stay at home.

  • If you live in a country where people do not speak English,

  • You can't really listen to English outside of your house,

  • but if you have come to Canada or English-speaking country and you're a student studying,

  • please don't just stay at home and watch TV. Go out!

  • Go to the mall, go to the store, listen to people talking, go for a walk in the park,

  • follow people around, stock people, hide behind the trees, see what they're saying.

  • It's really important to one skill that you will learn is listening.

  • It's very much as well as subconscious thing when you're out in the environment,

  • when you're in the world people are all speaking English,

  • you will pick it up and it will be easier for you to learn because it's always around you.

  • If you live in the big city like Toronto,

  • it's a little bit harder because not everyone speaks English all the time.

  • When I go on the subway, if I have to go on the subway,

  • I noticed that a lot of people are not speaking English.

  • But any store, or any shop or shopping mall, or service center that you go to,

  • they will speak English, and they will have conversation with you.

  • Um, it's their job, they have to.

  • You can go on bother people in clothing stores, or just listen to what other people are saying around you.

  • So, to improve your listening, go out! Do things!

  • Make friends, if you can, with people who speak English.

  • I live in Toronto and a lot of people do not talk to each other. I don't know why.

  • Even if I'm on the subway, people don't really talk to each other.

  • It's really sad, but what you can do is if two people are talking, you can listen to what they're saying.

  • Um, it's hard to make friend in the big city,

  • but if you go to an ESL school in Toronto, makes friends with people who are not from your country.

  • Your English will improve a lot.

  • If you have any suggestion on how to improve your listening,

  • or if you like more help, e-mail us, engVid.com, bye!

Hello there. My name's Ronnie.

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