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  1. Newbie
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    Cool first question about listening

    Hi! Everyone

    I have troubles with listening. I try to listen to a radio station and hear only different words and cannot understand the meaning of whole sentence. I donít know a lot of words of course so I suggest it may be one of the reason why I donít understand what I have just listen about. Unfortunately I have to concentrate what Iím listing about because without it English language sounds like noise for me and it does not have any sense. Itís very difficult to concentrate more than half an hour. In my opinion itís not enough.

    Could you give me a few advices how I can improve my listening skills?

    P.S. I know I can search in Internet but Iím also trying my writing skill and try to write something in English that other people can understand.

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    Re: first question about listening

    Radio is difficult to understand for English learners because the speech is rapid and a lot of slang is used.

    I recommend starting with something that is easier to understand such as English language instruction audio and video programs.
    Of course, you find many of these on Internet sites such as YouTube.

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    Re: first question about listening

    Whilst I agree with much of EnglishFix's post, I would say that having English radio on in the background whenever possible would be great. When I first moved to Spain, I played the radio at all times when I was at home. I didn't sit and listen to it. I didn't concentrate on it. I didn't use it for study purposes as such. However, the more I listened to it, the more I understood over time (don't expect instant results). The improvement in my comprehension happened without my even realising it. Try it. Just put English radio on whenever you are indoors. Don't go for a music station - there isn't very much talking and the DJs do speak pretty quickly. Try Radio 3 or Radio 4 or search for "talk radio".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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