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    hey all,i just want to know how to improve my listening skills,i tried alot but sometimes i try hard things with many slangs which frustrates and depresses me and other time they are easy so got me fooled....so i was wondering how can i find reliabale sources that can help me progress..thanks for your time

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    Re: listening

    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.

    Try not to get upset over not understanding slang completely. Regular English changes very slowly, but slang can come and go in trends. Slang is often connected with movies, music and television, so slang trends can come into use and fall out quite rapidly.

    Just try to experience every source of native speaking you can (movies, books, conversations with native speakers, etc.) and just figure out what each slang phrase you have never seen means. After a while, you will understand a lot of it. Understanding slang is not just about listening skills. Because the meaning is not often apparent, it will oftentimes take some research to understand the meaning.

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    It's worth nothing that one has no obligation of understanding every slang or idiom in a language. A slang term that is used in California may not be understood in New York. It happens in every language, which includes yours.
    Last edited by Offroad; 30-Jun-2009 at 00:25. Reason: bad English

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    'Slang' is a word like 'news' or 'information'.
    You can't have "a slang". You can have a slang term, a slang word, an item of slang ...

    Exception: If you're talking about the whole corpus of slang of a particular group you can say, for example, "Black American English has a slang different from Standard English.

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    Re: listening

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Slang' is a word like 'news' or 'information'.
    You can't have "a slang". You can have a slang term, a slang word, an item of slang ...

    Exception: If you're talking about the whole corpus of slang of a particular group you can say, for example, "Black American English has a slang different from Standard English.
    and I thought that spelling 'slang' instead of 'slangs' would solve all the problems.
    Haha... always learning.

    Thanks Ray.

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