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    Hello Teachers,

    I wanted to ask a question about that when I decided to improve and learn new things in english, I can write almost everything easily, and understanding, but when the subject comes to listening, I feel that I heard the words that I actually knew, I don't know . I just feel that I can't learn anything correctly , I want to do learn what is this and how can I deal with it. Please I need your advices

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    Quote Originally Posted by prototype12 View Post
    Hello. Teachers,

    I wanted to ask a question about that When I decided decide to improve my English and learn new things, in English, I can write and read almost everything easily, and understanding, but when the subject it comes to listening, I feel that when I heard hear the words that I actually knew know, I don't know recognise them. I just feel that I can't learn anything correctly. I want to do learn what is this this is and how can I I can deal with it. Please, I need your advices advice.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I have made corrections to your post above. I hope I have successfully discerned the actual meaning. If not, please explain it in a different way.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    What are you listening to that is causing the trouble?

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    Communicating in any language is done in one of- or a combination of- 4 ways, and I'll list them in order from easiest to most difficult:

    1. Writing- You control the words used and you control the pace. You can take as much time as you need to find the right words.
    2. Reading- You do not control the words used, but you do control the pace. You can take time to find out what the words mean.
    3. Speaking- You control the words used, but you may feel pressure (real or not) to keep the pace up.
    4. Listening- You control neither the words used nor the pace, unless you have an understanding speaker who is willing or able to slow down and help you to understand.

    So, you say you have trouble understanding what you hear. You should be encouraged by the fact that you already do #1-#3 well! For what it's worth, I have difficulty understanding certain dialects myself, so don't be too discouraged.

    It's hard to practice listening! Best advice I can give is to use TV shows or movies that have subtitles, BUT they are only useful if you can turn the subtitles off. If you cannot turn them off, then you are practicing your reading, not your listening. Go through a passage without the subtitles and make some notes. Then go back and turn the subtitles on to see if you understood correctly.

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What are you listening to that is causing the trouble?
    When l hear something in english, it causes a trouble. I mean I cannot catch words correctly.
    And so far, I just used academic english which is too easy in my school to understand but when it comes to daily speaking or beyond daily speaking, I am hard to understanding the words also I feel I had not ever learned English. So it's trouble for me. But now as I seached in Google, I read books which are level 1 and going up. And as one teacher gives advice , I will watch tv series or something like that without subtitles
    Last edited by prototype12; 05-Jan-2020 at 00:23.

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    Quote Originally Posted by prototype12 View Post
    When l hear something in English, it causes a trouble me problems.

    I mean that I cannot catch the words correctly.

    And so far, Until now, I have just only used academic English which is too very easy in my school to understand.

    but When it comes to daily speaking or beyond daily speaking, I am find it hard to understanding understand the words.
    What is "beyond daily speaking"?

    also I feel as if I had not ever never learned English (no full stop here) so it's a trouble problem for me.

    But now as I have searched in Google (no comma here) and I have read books which that are level 1 and goes up above.
    Please note my corrections above, in red.

    I have changed certain words/phrases to blue and underlined them because I have questions about them:

    Regarding "catch" - do you mean that you can't hear them properly or that you can't understand them?
    Regarding "academic English" - what do you mean by that?
    Regarding "in my school" - do you mean that at school, English is spoken very slowly and clearly so you find it easy to understand?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

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    Please note my corrections above, in red.

    I have changed certain words/phrases to blue and underlined them because I have questions about them:

    Regarding "catch" - do you mean that you can't hear them properly or that you can't understand them?
    Regarding "academic English" - what do you mean by that?
    Regarding "in my school" - do you mean that at school, English is spoken very slowly and clearly so you find it easy to understand?
    For the first question, Yes I cannot grab some words when I hear
    For the second question, I mean, in my school, spoken English easy to understand when my teachers speak in lesson
    For the third question, Not so slow, not so fast, not as a native speaker

    I want to understand native speakers in tv shows, cinema ,etc.
    Last edited by prototype12; 05-Jan-2020 at 00:56.

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    Quote Originally Posted by prototype12 View Post
    For the first question, yes I cannot grab some words when I hear them.
    For the second question, I mean that in my school, spoken English is easy to understand when my teachers speak in lessons.
    For the third question, I mean not so slow, not so fast
    "Grab" is no better than "catch". If you mean "understand", just use "understand".
    "... in my school, spoken English is easy to understand when my teachers speak in lessons" does not explain what you mean by "academic English". I think you have misunderstood the phrase.

    In what situations do you need to understand English? How often do you find yourself talking to native speakers?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    "Grab" is no better than "catch". If you mean "understand", just use "understand".
    "... in my school, spoken English is easy to understand when my teachers speak in lessons" does not explain what you mean by "academic English". I think you have misunderstood the phrase.

    In what situations do you need to understand English? How often do you find yourself talking to native speakers?

    Only, one friend who I speak with in English. But just, daily speaking . For example, how are you ; did you do your homework ; do you have any questions etc. But I want to understand when I read a newspaper for example, I don't understand when I read it. Or another example, I cannot understand when I watch news on tv. I do want to understand them.
    Last edited by prototype12; 05-Jan-2020 at 01:24.

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    Re: A Question About My English Understanding

    Quote Originally Posted by prototype12 View Post
    I have only no comma here one friend who I speak with in English but we just no comma here use daily everyday speaking language. For example, "How are you?", "Did you do your homework?", "Do you have any questions?" etc.

    But I want to understand English when I read a newspaper, for example. I don't understand some words when I read it them. Or Another example no comma here is that I cannot understand when I watch the news on tv TV. I do want to understand. them.
    Note my corrections above.

    The simple answer, really, is that your level of English is not yet high enough to understand the language used in newspapers. You need to read simpler texts. The same goes for watching the news. You can't jump from the simple English you use with your friend to watching news programmes. I imagine part of the problem is the speed at which native speakers speak.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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