Mistakes and how to correct when practicing English listening
If you can speak English but your listening skills are poor, then your English communication will also become zero. Listening as input to communication and Speaking as output
But listening practice is a long process that requires skill and hard practice
And also glad to share with you that: LISTENING is the easiest skill among the 4 skills Listening – Speaking – Reading – Writing. So easy, how should I listen to it to be effective within 3-6 months and understand what native speakers say?
1. Mistakes when practicing English listening
Before practicing listening correctly, I will analyze some mistakes that students often make when practicing listening in English.
How much listening time is enough in 1 day?
If you want your ears to hear enough intensity and your brain to think strong enough, you must listen to at least 1 hour a day and continuously for 3-6 months. If you only listen for 15 minutes a day, I think in 10 years you will be successful :))
The ideal time for listening is 4-6 hours/day if you can arrange it
This time is divided equally among the whole day
You should not focus on listening for a few hours in a row, you will be very tired and lose the ability to concentrate. Divide into several time frames to practice listening effectively
How long does it take to understand what 70-80% of foreigners say?
Listening is a very easy skill, but it requires several times more hard work than speaking for the brain to adapt to new sounds.
If 6 months in a row with a listening time frame of 3 hours or more, I guarantee you will understand at least 80% of what foreigners say.
Don’t know how to hear the word?
You should learn words by listening, not having words before listening
For those of you who are just starting to listen, you should watch the subtitles or the transcrift first to understand the content of the listening and learn new vocabulary.
Then listen again without watching the subtitles or words
Can’t hear and see the word at the same time
If I read all the subtitles and transcrift, what else can I hear?
The answer is NO
When you look at a word, the content of that word will pass through your eyes and to your brain very quickly, very easy to understand
But when you hear a word, your ear has to analyze the sound of that word through the native speaker’s voice and then into the brain and you have to analyze its meaning one more time before understanding. This comprehension process is much more difficult than visual comprehension (reading).
The brain will take a long time to put words together and understand the whole sentence, that’s why you will fall into a situation where you can hear every word but don’t know what they are saying.
Therefore, if you are just starting to listen, read the content first and write down the words you don’t know
Then relax and start listening to practice your ears to see how your ability to catch words
Listen once or twice and still don’t understand, what to do?
When you first start listening, even if you read through the subtitles, you can’t understand it even if you listen to it once. To catch 50% of the listening content, you have to listen to it at least 3 times in a row to let your ears get used to the new sound
There are so many words, why can’t you hear them forever?
In English there is a concept called key words – keywords include: noun – adjective – verb – adverb – negative
When native speakers speak, they often click on key words
And we need to hear the key words to understand what they say
But many of you always try to hear everything, every word in a sentence, even small words like: this, that, it, here, there, and,….this is wrong.
Hearing all the words is very difficult and unnecessary in communication
Focus on keywords and understand what is the preliminary meaning and information the speaker wants to convey
What is best to listen to?
Those of you who are preparing for the TOEIC, IELTS exam, please focus on listening to the test questions to get good results with the typical voices of the exam questions.
Those of you who want to communicate well if you only focus on listening to TOEIC, IELTS or channels with great voices like VOA, you will have a problem that when you communicate in reality, you will not be able to understand native speakers. What does the language say?
Because in fact the voices are extremely diverse, rich and not as good as the exam questions.
The speaking speed may be a little bit fast for you but it’s the actual voice and if you want to communicate -> You have to practice listening to the actual native voices.
Listening to music to practice listening is both good and effective?
If you want a method that is both leisurely and good at listening, unfortunately Listening to music will not help you hear English better at all
Because the songs include the singer’s sound and vocals too well and contain many words, it will make it very difficult for you to hear and not catch the words.
Just listen to music to relax and learn in a fun way!
Unconscious listening and language bath will sound better?
Many of you turn on English just to bathe the language and create an environment with the thought that your ears will automatically pick up the language
The answer is no
The language bath method can be suitable for children because their subconscious is very strong
As for adults, our consciousness is much stronger, so passive absorption is very difficult
Focus on listening consciously and try to understand and brainstorm strongly it will be better for you and help you to develop your intelligence too
2. Method of listening practice
Please choose your favorite level and listening channel before you start using the Listening Practice method
If you’ve already chosen, let’s start relaxing and practice listening
Step 1: Prepare
Set a goal to listen to at least 1-2 hours a day
Stick it on your wall right now: Listening for daily memorization
Those of you who use smart phones, please store mp3 and video formats for daily listening
Step 2: Try practicing persistence by the following method
For mp3s, videos of 20 minutes or more, please divide them into 5 minutes each and practice listening for 5 minutes at a time.
Content from 3-5 minutes is reasonable to understand what native speakers say
If you don’t listen to the prison for 10 minutes or more, you will be very tired and lose focus
Every 5 minutes like that, take a 5 minute brain break to listen to relaxing music or do something you like
If you have a high concentration, increase the time of 1 set to 10 minutes
Listen to mp3s and videos
For mp3 and video, please read the subtitle and transcrift first
Then underline the key words in the lesson and the unknown words, look up the dictionary to understand the meaning
Read and understand the lesson again only through key words -> grasp the overall content by key words (following another round)
Then turn on the audio file, don’t look at the sub, relax and listen consciously
Listen for the first time -> catch key words
Listen to 2,3,4,5 -> catch key words -> see how many key words you know and understand in a flash time?
Listen for the nth time -> gather the key words quickly to understand the overall meaning
The next day, listen to it again, try to catch the content, you will be surprised because there are words you will forget but the feeling is much more pleasant.
Listen until the whole file, that video you listen to again and understand very quickly the ideas or turn on any paragraph to understand, then you will succeed.
Listen to the movie
Please watch the movie first to satisfy your curiosity, do not study while watching
See Vietnamese dialogue first
Watch English dialogue
Turn off both lines, relax, focus on the actors and listen to the background
Imitate the actor’s voice to add emotion and practice intonation
I also have to remind you again that Listening is the easiest skill, but to listen well it takes a lot of patience and you will have to go through the following stages:
– Learning new words a lot and tired
– Try to catch each key word one by one
-Every key word can be understood but overall I don’t understand anything
– Finally, collect key words and understand what the listener is saying
Immediately experience the listening channels and methods above to challenge yourself and understand what the nature of listening is and go through the above stages. When you are in stage 3 you are about to succeed, don’t give up at this stage
Do not force yourself to sit in a corner, selfish and heavy. Listening also requires energy. Prepare yourself a drink of your favorite and lie down or sit back to listen more!