How Can I Improve My Listening Skills in a Foreign Language?

If you want to improve your listening skills in a foreign language, this article is for you. I’m going to show you three simple, yet very effective and powerful ways to quickly notice a great improvement. Try these methods. Here they are!

1. Watch movies

The easiest way (especially if you are lazy!) to improve your listening skills is to watch movies with subtitles in your target language. However, you need to concentrate on it, not only watch the movie. Turn up the volume of your speakers and try to listen, not only read the subtitles.

2. Listen to podcasts

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This is an awesome way to improve your language skills if you don’t have much time. Just go to iTunes, find some free podcasts in your target language (they should be about your interests), download them and upload on your MP3 player or cell phone etc. Then, listen to it while waiting in lines, running, commuting, driving and so on. Again, concentrate on it, it shouldn’t be passive listening!

3. Speak with native speakers

It’s the most challenging, but also the most effective method. You will improve your speaking and listening skills at the same time. It’s more difficult and uncomfortable than watching movies or listening to podcasts, but it will unquestionably help you the most. If there are no native speakers in your city, then find a language partner online.

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These three simple ways are also the most effective ones. Now you know what you need to do if you want to improve your listening skills in a foreign language. Go and put these tips to use. Good luck!


by John Doey

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