Free Ways to Learn a Language, Part 1: Listening Skills

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12 Ways to Improve English Listening Skills & Understand Native Speakers

Free Audible audiobook and 30-day trial: This video will tell you how to improve your English listening using my 12 techniques that blend together beautifully! Videos mentioned: Accent comparison with Anna: Wanna/Gonna Reductions: Minimal pairs: Coming soon Homophones: Remember that I now upload videos every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday! Don't forget about my FREE LIVE pronunciation lesson, every Sunday at 16:30 on my English with Lucy Facebook page. Loads of you tuned in last Sunday and we had a great time! It's lovely to see so many of the same names returning each time! You can now send me post or mail! I now have a PO BOX address!! This is a post box for PR use, but if you would like to send me a letter or drawing then you are welcome to send it here: English With Lucy PO Box 1305 Cambridge CB1 OHB UNITED KINGDOM Love you all very much, Lucy Earn 100 free italki credits: £26 Airbnb credit: Free uber ride: FREE Grammar Checker: Social Media: Instagram: @LearnEnglishWithLucy Facebook: Patreon: SUBSCRIBE TO MY OTHER CHANNELS: Spanish Channel: FAQ: - Where are you from? I grew up in Bedfordshire, a county near London! - How many languages do you speak? English is my mother tongue, but I also speak fluent Spanish and I'm learning Italian. You can see a video of me speaking Spanish here: - Which camera do you use? I use the Canon 60D with a 50mm lens ( - Which microphone do you use? I use the SONY ECMCS3 - Very affordable and great value for money: (Note that you will need this mic adapter if you want to use it with your iphone - I also use the Blue Yeti in vintage white for my voiceover work: - What shade of lipstick are you wearing? I wear Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Sheer Lip Tint in Berry. You can find it here: - Which editing software do you use? I use Final Cut Pro X - Which grammar book do you recommend? I completely recommend English Grammar in Use: - Can you recommend any books that will help me improve my English? I always recommend 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' ( as it is written in the first person from the point of view of an autistic teenager and it does not use very complicated language. Some of it is also based in London which I like. - Can you recommend a British TV Series for me to watch and improve my British English pronunciation? Absolutely! I highly recommend 'Broadchurch' ( which is a FANTASTIC crime drama based in a small village in the South of England. The actors are brilliant and it has won lots of awards! p.s if you are still reading this, comment 'Which language is she speaking?'

Learning Spanish: Why is it so Hard to Understand Spanish Speakers || Improve Listening Skills

Have you noticed it is hard to understand Spanish speakers when they are speaking with each other? Here we'll explain why, and how you can improve your listening skills in Spanish. There will be a Spanish listening activity in Spanish towards the end of the video. Also, you will find more intermediate and advanced listening activities on our channel. More useful tips: Transcript and quiz: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In this video, we are talking about tips on how to improve your listening skills in Spanish. These tips will help you better understand Spanish speakers in conversations. First, let's start with the why. Most Spanish speakers do not enunciate when they speak. Another reason is that Spanish is the second fastest language in the world after Japanese. So when you combine those together it can make for a lot of difficulty understanding. There are two types of listening passive and active listening. Passive listening is where you have things like Spanish music in the background but are not really paying close attention. This is could help you learn the musicality of the language but will not really help you that much. We recommend trying to do active listening. This is where you listen to something and take action like you would in a conversation. Here are our tips to practice active listening. 1. Have a conversation in Spanish When you are having a conversation always look to say something back and expand. 2. Get scripts or subtitles Get scripts or subtitles of what you are watching or listening. When you are reading while you hear it will help you better understand by being able to see the sentence structure and better understand the context. Also if you are listening to music try to find the lyrics for the song and sing along. 3. Slow it down When you listen to slower versions of the audio you have more of a chance to understand. You can do this on YouTube by going to the settings box (the little gear wheel) and then click on speed. Write the words you understand down then go back and watch it at normal speed to see if you can pick out the words from what you have written down. 4. Predict the content Try to predict the vocabulary that you might see in the video you are about to watch. Look up any words that you think you might need or that will be used. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 🔔Subscribe to our channel --------- Visit us / Visítanos: 📸Instagram: Facebook: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Equipment We Use to make the videos (amazon affiliate links) 1. Main Camera - 2. Little Camera - 3. Backdrops & lights - 4. Main Mic - 5. Audio Recorder - 6. Lav Mic - 7. Camera Light - 8. Tripod - 9. Old Camera - 10. Batteries... Main camera - Little camera - --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Book Suggestions Beginner 1. Relatos / Stories: Historias Cortas Para Aprender Espanol: Niveles A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 / Short Stories to Learn Spanish: Levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 (Spanish Edition) 2. 100 cosas que debe saber una chica / un chico 3. Cocina Fácil Internacional. Fideos y Pastas 4. Fitness. Guia Holística para Principiantes 5. Las Frases del Éxito: Frases célebres para cambiar tu vida de más de 100 personajes históricos exitoso INTERMEDIO 6. Diccionario práctico del Estudiante 7. La tregua. Mario Benedetti 8. El dilema del omnívoro 9. El curioso incidente del perro a media noche. 10. Una curiosidad para cada día del año Free Ebook! If you are interested in a practical and short guide to Spanish’s most used sentences, you can click the link below and download it for free. We have put together useful sentences and expressions we think most people would need if wanting to communicate something quickly. Download our free phrase book so you can get the right things to say in Spanish quickly and at the right time.

Understand FAST English Conversations [Advanced Listening Lesson]

Join the 30 Day English Listening Challenge today: Listen to a fast English conversation and practice a study method that will help you to understand all native English speakers. Let's go! Download my free e-book: "5 Steps To Becoming A Confident English Speaker" --------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe and follow on social media! I'd love to meet you! YouTube: Instagram: Facebook: Send us a postcard from your country: Vanessa Prothe PO Box 104 Asheville, NC 28802 USA --------------------------------------------------------------------- Speak English With Vanessa helps English learners to speak American English fluently, naturally, and confidently. To become a fluent English speaker and have English conversations with a native English speaker, go to

Understand FAST English Conversations [Advanced Listening Practice]

Join the "30 Day English Listening Challenge" today: Download my free e-book: "5 Steps To Becoming A Confident English Speaker" --------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe and follow on social media! I'd love to meet you! YouTube: Facebook: Google+: Send us a postcard from your country: Vanessa Prothe PO Box 104 Asheville, NC 28802 USA --------------------------------------------------------------------- Speak English With Vanessa helps English learners to speak American English fluently, naturally, and confidently. To become a fluent English speaker and have English conversations with a native English speaker, go to


"Help! I don't understand." Many English language students have problems listening and feel embarrassed. Do you find yourself struggling to understand native English speakers? Do they sometimes speak too fast or use words you do not know? Do phone conversations make you nervous? You are not alone! You can say goodbye to embarassement because in this lesson, I will teach you THREE STEPS you can follow to help you become a better listener and develop confidence when listening to others. I will also teach you some helpful expressions to use in these situations. Watch the video, and you will start having better English conversations immediately! Test your understanding with the quiz at TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I am going to teach you how to be a better listener. I'm going to teach you three steps, which will really, really help you with your listening. So before I teach you how to be a better listener, I want you to think about: What kind of listener are you? Okay? So, I have, here, a question. I want you to imagine this. You're talking to somebody, an English speaker, and you don't understand what they're saying. Okay? You have no idea. I don't understand what they're saying. What do you do? Okay? Here are your choices. Do you: A) look scared? A lot of students do this. Do you: B) Nod and pretend you understand? Nod and say: "I understand", but you really don't understand; you have no idea? C) Are you honest? Do you say: "I'm sorry. I don't understand"? Or, D) Do you say: "I don't understand", and you ask the person to write down what they're saying? Okay? So, which one do you do? Do you look scared, do you nod and pretend you understand when you don't? Do you say: "I don't understand" or do you say: "I don't understand" and ask them to write it down? Maybe you do multiple things. Okay? Which one do you think is the best thing to do? If you said: D or C, you are correct. Okay? Now, there is a little bit of a difference between C and D. It's mainly that D, we use some sort of listening strategy. I'm going to teach you some very, very good strategies you can use, which will help you be a better listener. Okay, so if you don't understand something, very first thing you should do is show you don't understand. Okay? You should really let the person know you don't understand. There's nothing to be embarrassed about. We all have times where we don't understand what somebody is saying, but we really do want to know, so it's very important you let the person know that you don't understand. So, here are a couple of different ways we can say that. The first one: "I didn't catch that.", "I'm sorry, I didn't catch that." This means the exact same thing as: "I don't understand." So you can say: "I don't understand." or "I didn't catch that." You can also say: "I'm sorry I don't understand." One thing a lot of students say, but it's not a good thing to say: "I no understand." Okay? This: "I no understand", I hear many students say it. This, wrong. Okay? So you can either say: "I didn't catch that.", "I'm sorry I don't understand.", but you cannot say: "I no understand." That one is bad English. Okay, so that's the first step. The second step is using a strategy. Okay? So what do I mean by this? When you use a strategy, you're pretty much asking somebody to help you out in a different way. You're asking somebody to do something to help you understand. So, this is an excellent expression, very polite. All of these start with: "Could you please". You can ask the person: "Could you please write it down?" Okay? So: "I'm sorry I didn't catch that. Could you please write it down?" Some... For some people, when they read it, it's easier than listening to it. You can also ask somebody to repeat what they're saying. "Could you please repeat that?" Okay? That means: "Could you please say it again?" A lot of English speakers and also me, myself included, sometimes we speak too fast. So, it's perfectly okay if you say politely: "Could you please speak more slowly?" Maybe the problem is the person who's speaking is talking way too fast. So just a nice, friendly reminder: "Could you please speak more slowly?" And finally, the fourth strategy: "Could you please say it in a different way?" This one is very useful because sometimes when you say to an English speaker: "I don't understand", they keep saying the same thing the exact same way, and that's not helpful. Sometimes you really need to hear it in different words, so it's also a great idea to ask the person: "Could you please say it in a different way?" Okay? So these are the first two steps. First, show you don't understand; second, use a strategy. Now let's look at the third step.

Improve your listening skills in a new language with these free (and cheap) study tips. There are so many ways to learn a language beyond grammar books. In this video, you will get tips and ideas on improving your listening skills. The tips and ideas in this video can be used for any language that you're learning.

There are four main ways to use a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Check back for parts 2-4 on reading, speaking, and writing.

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