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


5 Best English Listening Tips | TIPSY YAK

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