Here’s something that a lot of my new students have a problem with.
They feel OK speaking, but they have big problems understanding people, especially when they talk fast.
They also tell me that they don’t have a lot of time to practice listening in English.
Here’s the advice I give my students. The best thing? It takes zero effort and takes up no extra time.
It’s called background listening.
Put on the radio or a podcast or any English audio while you’re doing something else.
You don’t have to focus, listen or understand. It’s that simple.
You can do this while you are …
- cleaning the house
- on public transport
- taking a walk in the park
You’ll be amazed at how effective this is at improving your listening in English. Keep it up for two weeks and you’ll notice the difference.
Here are some free sites to get started with. Choose a site, bookmark it and press play! You’re on the way to better listening in English.
This one’s from the UK:
Or if you prefer American English: