Learning a new language doesn’t just involve the ability to speak, read and write; you also need to be able to listen and interpret what you’re hearing. Sometimes, it can be difficult to listen to something or someone even when you are already fluent in the language. It’s even harder to pay attention when you don’t actually understand what’s being said. That’s why we have put together some advice to help you improve your listening skills. Please read on to find out more.
First and foremost, there’s no point in listening to something if you’re not giving it your full attention, as you won’t be able to absorb the information properly. For instance, having the radio on in your target language whilst you do the housework will not work because you won’t actually be paying it your full attention. By focusing closely on what you’re listening to, and repeating it many times, your brain will understand that it’s something you need to remember.
When working on your listening skills, it’s a good idea to start with some short audio clips. That way, you can listen to them several times before you’re able to fully understand and remember them. It is doubtful that you will repeatedly play long audio clips and unlikely that you will examine them carefully enough.
Make sure the audio clip you choose to listen to is about something that interests you. Learning a new language doesn’t necessarily mean you need to understand every single word in the dictionary. You only really need to know the type of vocabulary you’re actually likely to use, which is why your audio clips should be relatable. After all, if you’re not interested you’re unlikely to fully concentrate.
Bear in mind that learning a new skill takes time and dedication; it will not happen overnight. However, knowing some techniques such as the ones mentioned above will help you make improvements faster.
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