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    Listening and Speaking Problem

    Iím not a good listener.Even if ı listen to music ı donít really understand what people are speaking in dialogue.I canít imagine that so İt doesnt mean anything to me.I dont know how can I speak,My pronunciation is not good.I know vocabulary little bit but ı dont know where can I begin to this.How can ı pronunce it?Or I donít know when theyíre speaking which Word theyíre using? I Ďm trying to guess them.
    I canít catch them.And at the same time I m learning bilingual language.French complitely opposite to English esp Pronuncation.I tried a lot of this like watching,reading,listening.But it doesnít work.And speakers have an Accent but ı havent.I donít understand without english subt or transcrption or lyrics.What should ı do?I wanna understand without them.I think that those things are connected with each other.
    We started to learn with grammar in my colllege thatís why ıím not a good speaker or listener.
    Shadowing is not a perfect tecnique to speak cuz ı canít say anything when ıím listening.I think I should see how do they pronunce it with their mimics or their mouths.I should ı follow them.Is there any solution for this?I canít fnd anthing.And It took my time.It Ďs just for NOTHING.Could you imagine that?IMy teacher makes us listen to recorded dialoges without image or people.Itís really boring.How they are boring I canít explain.Iím stressed out.So there is a big problem in my communication skills.

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    Re: Listening and Speaking Problem

    I am not an English teacher, just an ESL student who has faced with similar issues over his learning process. I will give you some advice I have received from my teachers.

    They say the main issue about not understanding what someone else is saying is the lack of vocabulary. Of course, there are other areas to take into account such as grammar, yet when it comes to bringing your listening skills to the next level, improving your vocabulary is the area where your focus should be on. Curiously, the most effective way to improve vocabulary is by reading. Therefore, to improve listening my teachers recommend me read lots of stuff related to the subject I want to listen afterwards. If that were sports, read sports and so on. Of course, you need to complement your vocabulary learning how these words sound, and for that, you might use the google translate listening function or other more sophisticated programs. Additionally, when reading you are also more aware of understanding grammar, which is commonly passed over while listening given that ESL students listen for content and not for details. Try reading.

    Another really important consideration is to have the audio transcripts along with you to check those words you did not get. And again, by reviewing them you are also improving your vocab. There are plenty of websites on the Internet where you will find listening exercises and their transcripts.

    Finally, with respect to speaking - just speak. It’s a matter of time, the more you practice, the more confident you will be and hopefully getting your message across will be a lot easier.

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    Re: Listening and Speaking Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by candyapple View Post
    Iím not a good listener. (Space after a full stop.) Even if I listen to music, I donít really understand what people are speaking saying/singing. in dialogue. I canít imagine that so İt doesn't mean anything to me. (Space after a full stop.) I don't know how can I to speak well and my pronunciation is not good. (Space after a full stop.) I know some vocabulary little bit but I don't know where how I can I begin to improve this. (Space after a full stop.) How can I pronounce it? (Space after a question mark.) What does "it" refer to?
    Or I donít know when theyíre speaking which words theyíre using. I Ďm trying to guess them because I canít catch hear them clearly.

    And at the same time I'm also learning bilingual language. French which is completely opposite different to from English, especially with regard to pronuncation. (Space after a full stop.)
    I have tried a lot of this like watching, (Space after a comma) reading and listening but it doesnít work. (Space after a full stop.) And Also, some speakers have an accent but I havent don't understand what they say. (Space after a full stop.) I donít understand without the English subtitles, or transcription or lyrics. (Space after a full stop.) What should I do? (Space after a question mark.) I wanna want to understand without them. (Space after a full stop.) I think that those things are connected with each other. What are "those things"?

    We started to learn with grammar in my college; thatís why Iím not a good speaker or listener. I don't see the connection.

    Shadowing is not a perfect technique to help me speak cuz because I canít say anything when Iím listening. (Space after a full stop.) I think I should see watch how do they pronounce it words with their mimics or their mouths. (Space after a full stop.) Should I should follow them? (Space after a question mark.) Is there any solution for this? (Space after a question mark.) I canít find anything and It searching for a solution took has taken up a lot of my time It Ďs just for NOTHING. (Space after a full stop.) Could you imagine that? (Space after a full stop.) My teacher makes us listen to recorded dialogues without images or people. (Space after a full stop.) Itís really boring. (Space after a full stop.) How they are boring, I canít explain. (Space after a full stop.) Iím stressed out .So because there is a big problem in with my communication skills.
    First, please note my multiple corrections to your post. You appear to have a lot of problems with your written English. Memorise (or print out) these rules:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with one, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

    You need to find the lower case "i" on your keyboard. You also need to make sure you use apostrophes where they are needed.

    It is difficult to suggest specific ways for you to improve your listening technique, other than to say "Keep practising!" Surround yourself with English - find an English radio station and play it as often as possible. Don't try to understand every word - just get used to the rhythm and sounds of the language. Do the listening comprehensions that your teacher provides link in some way with the grammar points he/she has taught in that lesson? Are the other students in the class having the same problems? Have you all explained to your teacher that the dialogues are boring and that you aren't learning anything?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Listening and Speaking Problem

    Hello - Did you consider taking up a formal coaching or training? I used to have the same problem, I took language coaching from a place called [advertising link deleted by moderator] and I am better now. I am sure there must be some training center in your locality. Just my 2 cents.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Nov-2016 at 09:21.

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