Why do people have TWO ears, but only ONE mouth? Because listening is twice as hard as speaking!
Understanding spoken English can be difficult, especially if the speaker is talking very fast. Problems include:
- Feeling frustrated because you do not understand every word
- Only understanding people when they speak slowly
- Finding it hard to keep up with all the information
- Getting tired during long listening
Like all skills, listening takes practice. The following SIX tips will help you improve your listening skills.
How Do We Learn Things?
We learn from parents, uncles, aunts, grand-parents, friends, and strangers. We learn from books, films, and surfing the ‘net. We learn by chatting, listening, reading, watching, and even dreaming. Even our pets teach us things – about them and about ourselves.
In fact, the whole world is a teacher to us: the mountains, the weather, the stars.
Our parents teach us because they love us – and it is what our friends do because they love us too.
Do Babies Study Grammar?
Think of how a baby learns to speak. Babies don’t study. But over time, they learn to speak quite well. How do they do this? They are surrounded by people who speak their language. They listen, and after some time, they begin to speak. It happens naturally.
Most students I know work very hard. They study grammar, write vocabulary lists, and take tests. Some people I know have been taking classes for years – but they still have trouble speaking English!