No matter how long you have been learning English you can still find yourself in surprising situations and meet a dozens of novelties especially if we are talking about listening skills.
With the uprising trend of globalization, English has been reborn in many forms: different structures are used on the internet compared to those of real life conversations, business English has gained more importance and it might happen that if you dial the number of a call center with a problem the person answering the phone (speaking in English) will be sitting in country that has nothing to do with English.
It is better to be prepared to be able to speak not only with native speakers of the language but to those who come from completely different part of the world and use English for their work.
Fortunately there are a lot of great ways of improving your English listening skills. Let’s take a closer look at them.
1. Learning English via Skype
This is not the first time I suggest you to choose a teacher and test online classes. There are advantages and drawback too, but there is no doubt that it can be one of the most useful ways to improve your listening skills. You don’t even have to go that far. If you have foreign friends or colleagues use every opportunity to speak with them through Skype!
2. Listen to audiobooks!
Audiobooks are a great source of pronunciation practice and proper speech. And they also provide a pleasant way of spending your free time and learning effortlessly!
I mean watch British and American serials and movies in English! Search cinemas that show movies with subtitles! Don’t wait until your next serial is dubbed! Subscribe to Tv channels that broadcast your favorite serials, and if you buy the DVD edition watch in English. If you find it too difficult use English subtitles at the same time! Recent statistics have shown that countries that broadcast the TV shows, movies and serials with subtitles have more citizens speaking foreign languages.
4. Attend to English classes!
This seems pretty obvious doesn’t it? But there is a difference between language classes. Stick to groups and teachers that only speak in English. If you cannot join a multinational class, or cannot afford to pay for a native speaker don’t forget that you can learn from and through the speech and mistakes of your classmates even if they are from the same country.
5. Go online!
Internet has become a huge playground for English learners. I collected you some web pages that are full of listening practice. ESL-cyber labs is free with dozens of listening scripts pre and post listening exercises and with an online checker.
Or if you prefer a video as a listening task visit Esolcourses.com, and select among the different topics listed there.
I also recommend you to learn English using English Central‘s amazing video materials. You will learn new words, improve your listening skills and your speaking as well.
Last but not least Youtube is always at hand. If you feel like relaxing for instance search for your favorite song and find a version with lyrics and try to understand it.
Do you know any other useful websites for practicing listening?