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  • How to improve your English listening

  • skills and comprehension

  • (hint emotion!)

  • Today I'm going to show you how you can? leverage your

  • EMOTIONS

  • to improve your English listening.

  • Youre going to learn:

  • Why listening does not always improve your listening skills

  • How you can improve your listening skills EFFECTIVELY

  • What to do if (like me) you are too lazy to search for good listening material

  • and someemotionwords =)

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  • Basically A LOT of people ask me things like

  • How can I improve my English listening?"

  • or

  • How can I improve my English listening comprehension?"?

  • Improving your English listening is really easy.

  • All you've got to do is listen to a lot of English!?

  • right?

  • Well, yes.

  • But also no.

  • The thing is, there are some problems with this way of thinking ...?

  • For example

  • do you find that you listen to English, but quickly stop paying attention?

  • you don’t even realize it, but several minutes have gone past and youve been thinking

  • about something completely different!

  • Of course, you don't remember any of the English words or grammar that you heard

  • or maybe even what the thing you were listening to was about!

  • This is probably because?youre not really listening

  • your mind wanders and you can't concentrate.

  • Obviously, this is not going to help you improve your English listening skills!

  • So, why does this happen?

  • Well, this happens because probably ...

  • The material is too hard (and you don’t understand it)

  • It’s not interesting to you (and you don’t care)

  • It’s boring!!?(and you don’t really want to listen)

  • If you are listening to things which have any one (or more!) of these qualities it's

  • only natural you can't concentrate or suck up the English like a sponge!

  • What you need is audio that has three things which are the OPPOSITE to the three things

  • listed above:

  • The material is easy (and you understand) It’s interesting to you (and you care)

  • It’s exciting!!?(and you want to listen)

  • First, let’s talk about material which is easy.

  • Try to listen to things that are easy for you.

  • This is NOT a waste of time like many people think!

  • Basically you should already understand 90%

  • ... listen repeatedly until you understand 99% or 100% and then find something new at

  • 90%.

  • Always just a tiny bit more difficult.

  • It’s better to listen to five things which are a ‘tinybit difficult once than it

  • is to listen to something really difficult five times.

  • it’s even better to listen to something a ‘tinybit difficult five times!!

  • Second you need to listen to things which are interesting TO YOU.?

  • An audiobook or radio show for native speakers that you've picked because you like the subject

  • matter?is ALWAYS going to be better to than the CD stuck to the back of a textbook which

  • has content which youshouldlearn, but don’t really want to.

  • Forget aboutshouldlearn.

  • If you don’t WANT to learn it, forget it.

  • Even if it’s really useful, if you don't like it just get rid of it!

  • This might seem illogical, but believe me, this will speed up your learning A LOT.

  • The third thing is EMOTION.

  • This is something really important.

  • Even if the content is interesting and useful and everything else,

  • if the recording is boring and ... recorded ..... like ....... this .......

  • it's useless!

  • Useless useless

  • useless

  • This is why 90% of the CDs which come with textbooks are a total waste of time

  • ... emotion always seems to be missing from English learning materials.

  • (Possibly the only exception that I know of is the Effortless English lessons which are

  • DESIGNED to be emotional.)

  • Our minds are programmed to react to emotion.?

  • Whether it’s ....

  • Happiness

  • Rage

  • Love

  • Sadness

  • Frustration

  • shock

  • WE ARE DRAWN TO EMOTION.

  • .... It’s hard to ignore emotional content and it’s?hard for our minds to wander when

  • we're listening.

  • Even better, this kind of lesson and audio is?EASY TO REMEMBER and?ADDICTIVE.

  • so you always want to listen to more and more

  • just like you always want to see more and more of your favourite TV drama.

  • OK, so in summary, if you really want to improve your English listening, listen to audio that

  • Is easy

  • Is interesting to you

  • Moves you

  • If youre lazy, like me, I recommend just picking up a copy of the Effortless English

  • audio lessons.

  • (which are designed to beemotional’)

  • I don’t need to practise my English listening

  • but when I reviewed Effortless English about a year ago

  • I ended up listening to the lessons all the way through

  • just because theyre so great to listen to!

  • Ok, that’s it from me today.

  • … I’d love to know what you think of today’s lesson.

  • Also, I’d love to know if you have any tips for practising English listening of your own!

  • (please leave them in the comments so everyone can benefit!)

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    李應振 posted on 2013/02/13
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