Student or Learner
how can i improve my listening ?
[I'm not a teacher.]
In conclusion, the only way you improve your listening is to try to listen more.
- Build up your vocabulary. If you don't know the words you are listening, they are meaningless sounds to you.
- Depend on what your target of listening is. If you want to listen news, you can learn frequent news words first. For example, read some CNN news, you will find what words the media use frequently. And then, try to listen the news. In China, news listening exercise books with the tapes are availabel in bookstores. First I listened them, and if I didn't understand some sentences or words, I looked up the texts. Gradually, I got familiar with those frequent words in the news. If you want to understand the daily dialogues of native speakers, it is rather tough because it involves into tremendous slang and idioms and different accents. However you can try to watch movies in English.
Moniza and thedaffodils are all right.
All you have to do is merging yourself into English conversation.
As for me, when I first came to the States last year, I listened to the radio at least half an hour daily, tried to listen to people talking (it seemed like I eavesdropped them : ) etc. In the meantime you have to store English words as much as you can otherwise it would just be meaningless sound to you as thedaffodils mentioned above.
Plus this site, teachers here could help you sometimes when you come up with difficult words or texts you can't understand.
Goodluck to you (and me.)