Learning the English language is made easy for you because English is all over the world.
Firstly, I would recommend buying a movie or TV-show where they speak English that you really enjoy, and putting it in English subtitles. That way you can see and read what they say at the same time and get a grasp of ways to speak it, ways to pronounce certain words and even new expressions!
Secondly, if you have trouble understanding people, don't be scared to ask them to repeat what they said or to speak a little slower. I'm sure most people shouldn't be too uptight about this. Maybe it's easier first to make some friends so you can practice your English skills with them!
Thirdly, don't give up! Months and months of practice will pay off, trust me! Learning a language is never easy but it's not impossible! Always have the belief in you that you can master the language and you almost certainly will! Many foreigners manage to pick up English so I'm sure you can too!
Good luck! :)
Language skills are just much much more than only speaking and accent. Actually, broadening/improving one's language skills is a very broad concept, it should be done in more than one ways at the same time which is highly recommended. One can NOT become better ONLY in one area, say, listening, one MUST improve skills in ALL dimensions of the language!
Learning language well requires being as active as possible and making the learning as FUN for oneself as possible. Taking lessons is always important, but equally important are these:
1) Listen/watch: Keep listening to internet radio stations like BBC, watch TV shows in English (use only subtitles, NOT voice dubbing in case you are not a native English speaker!), etc.
2) Write/communicate: Try to find discussion forums from the web about things that you find interesting and FUN (music/various artists, hobbies, etc.) and start communicating there with other people using only English. Start using instant messaging systems in case you find some new friends or start emailing them. Please do NOT be afraid of making mistakes or hesitating, because even native speakers do make mistakes and do hesitate at times! The more you enjoy communicating, the better!
3) Buy yourself a proper dictionary, and each time when you see a strange word that you do not understand, look it up. Putting words into their CONTEXT is one of the best ways to broaden one's vocabulary and grammar knowledge, the more you read and write the better. Memorising is NOT the best way to go with learning vocabulary, grammar or any other language areas!
The main point in ANY language learning is to make it as fun as possible for yourself. Try to find topics that INTEREST you, read online newspapers (Times, Guardian, Independent...), listen to BBC/NBC and other radio stations online, if you find a discussion forum for e.g. your favourite hobby or your idols in music do participate there, etc. The key word here is CONTEXT, which means that it is easier to learn new words and their usage as well as grammar when you use/see them in their real CONTEXT. The more you see and hear the new words in their context and the more you use them in your speech & writing, the easier it becomes to remember their meanings and correct spelling. Do NOT be afraid of making mistakes though, because even native speakers do make mistakes and do hesitate at times!
I'm sorry there is NO EASY WAY out with this, one really must develop language skills in ALL these language "levels" or dimensions in order to reach better language skills!!
Last but not least: NEVER EVER use ANY online translators, they are nothing but utter rubbish!! English is practically EVERYWHERE in the online world these days, you just have to use your imagination to find it! Learning pace is always personal, it takes the time it takes so there is no reason to hurry it up too much. If you do, you will not learn so well. Also, please learn the basics of the standard English first before advancing to finer details like dialects/accents. A word of warning though: Do stay well away from overrated, overpriced and overhyped language "gimmicks" such as Rosetta Stone, they really are NOT worth for checking out!
If you live in a country where English language movies or television shows are subtitled, you can pay close attention to the spoken dialogue while simultaneously getting a translation via the subtitles - just remember the subtitles aren't always very accurate, but if you're already quite good at English that shouldn't be too big a problem. In general, just listen to as much English as you can and actually pay attention, like paying attention to the lyrics when you're listening to music.
Watch TV with closed caption on. This will type on the bottom what ever the people are saying on screen. Start with news shows. work your way towards espn. Learning english requires a lot of time due to the difference in accents. good luck
Watch lots of movies, television, and youtube in English. Try to really focus on the mouths of people and how they speak. Also pay attention to the words.
Do this often and you'll become more natural when you speak yourself - it's called imitation.
And remember, practise! Practise is the key to mastering any language. Good luck with it!
Improving your English and improving listening skill are two different things. Your problem is the first, in understanding the language because it is not your first language – the one in which you think and dream.
What you need is practice, so try to converse with others in English, and get used to listening to it being spoken as in English movies and radio/tv programmes. You can also read aloud from a book or newspaper to get used to words and sentences.
Use a dictionary that gives you meanings in English as well as in your native language, so you will understand them better. Try to memorize about ten new words everyday, and consciously try to use them as you write or speak. Practice will make you perfect.
“Listening skill,” means understanding what a person really wants to say beyond the words used. For example, a person may say, “I am happy”, but with a very sad face. So the words used means something – that the person is happy. But the sad face means something else – that the person is not happy.
With listening skills you hear and understand the words spoken, and you also hear and understand what is not being spoken, the person’s actual unhappiness underneath. To improve listening skills you need to understand the English language well, and you also need to understand people’s emotional communications through words and body language.
In my opinion, the best way to improve your listening skill is you have to listen it more and more. You should have an ipod to listen to English conversations (or poems, stories,...) every night before you sleep. It will make you a listening English habit. Good luck!
To improve listening skills you should be used to hearing English whenever: you can do something while you're hearing E, hearing before sleeping,watching news, singing a song in E..Everyday you hear E at least 30' and make listening habit.
Remember that hear E by ears not that eyes, should not try to image the word and translate it into your language!
To hear and understand E need to hear E,hearing when you don't understand clearly. Because you don't understand well, you must listen a lot!
Good luck :)
Listen to different types of spoken texts
Not only there are varieties of accents and styles of speaking, but also the situations in which you speak. Make no mistake, that listening to rhythm of the voice on BBC news is similar to the one when ordering a pint in a pub. That is why it is extremely important to listen to the formal and informal English. It’s all the same language in all its diversity. Your goal is to be prepared for that. Question is where and how?
One of the most brilliant places to learn English listening comprehension is a service Elllo. It publishes various audio and video combined with exercises on vocabulary and listening comprehension.
An excellent source of spoken English are called podcasts, video style short essay or interview.You may come across some real gems prepared for learners of English.It is not only language training but also cultural – this record is a true show of English humour.
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