The most popular method of practicing English listening
1. Why focus on English listening skills?
1.1 The most natural way to learn a language
Like Vietnamese, English learners must first go through listening to English to gradually absorb the language. Listening is considered the most natural way to learn a language, because you have to be exposed to countless sounds in life every day. Therefore, if you want to communicate in English well, you must focus on listening skills (accounting for >40% in communication). From there, turn your listening reflex into a natural instinct of yours.
1.2 Create a premise to develop other English skills
Don’t worry too much because it’s natural to be surprised when exposed to a new language other than your mother tongue. As can be seen, listening is a first step and closely correlates with other skills when learning English. Specifically, listening – increasing vocabulary can speak.
To improve your listening skills effectively force you to practice listening every day.
If you are a beginner, practice passive listening to get used to the pronunciation and intonation of native speakers such as listening to music or listening to the news every morning and every night before going to bed.
2. What are the benefits of listening to English well?
2.1 Easily update world knowledge
When you listen well, you will have easy and quick access to diverse sources of information in the world. Learning world news through listening channels not only provides you with extensive knowledge, but also can create an environment for you to practice and improve this language every day.
2.2 Take the initiative when communicating
It can be said that a person with good listening skills always takes the initiative in his conversation. Listeners will easily understand what the other person is saying and respond to English naturally and quickly.
Especially, this is a strong point when you work directly with superiors, foreign partners or friends.
3. How to practice listening English well
3.1 Create a habit of listening to English every day
Success is always accompanied by two factors: practice and persistence. If you want to progress quickly in listening skills, regular listening practice is a necessity.
You should make yourself a habit of listening to English for 30-60 minutes/day so that this language will gradually seep into your brain. Open listening channels on youtube or practice English listening apps on your phone to improve your English level every day.
3.2 Listen and repeat what you hear
Listening (sounds): When listening for the first time, try to hear and remember all the sounds coming from the speaker.
Repeat (copy): Process the English content heard. Then, repeat each word, sentence or line with correct pronunciation, intonation, and pauses.
Evaluation: The application will compare your recording and point out mistakes and guide you to a better pronunciation.
3.3 Choose the right listening content with a variety of interesting topics
There is a truth, many people find it difficult, even give up because they cannot hear English after a long time. They get bored when they have to hear this language cliché. The question here is “What did you hear?”
If you are a beginner to learn English. You should listen to the most basic and familiar content. For example: school, family, friends, animation, etc. to practice for your ears first.
After a while, gradually increase your listening level with more “macro” English topics. Thus, learning English will be simple but extremely effective. One note that you should flexibly change the topics of listening practice, so that the boring feeling of learning English will no longer appear.