Improve Your English Listening Skills
Make sure you have the right software to take advantage of what is available on the www. You can download players and find links to online radio stations at real.com , windowsmedia.com and winamp.com . You can try some of the English radio stations I recommend on my broadcasts page. You can subscribe to podcasts and radio stations on iTunes too.
Listening whilst reading is a good idea too. There are lots of audio books on the market, I mention some on my recommended books pages, there are also some fun podcasts on the Have Fun with English site and on the Interesting Facts site. Listening to adverts can help too, they're nice and short. Every month we feature an ad on the English magazine, with the transcription. .
Keep up to date with current events and watch an English-language news station, such as BBC World. Watch news reports on events you are already aware of.
Find out how to switch languages on your TV. If you have digital or satellite TV there are several channels that broadcast in multiple languages. Eurosport is one and Euronews is another, you should be able to set these to the English language.
!On this site:- Use the vocabulary pages to listen to simple vocabulary.
!On this site:- Use the dictation pages to test your understanding.
!On the Network:- Little and often is a good idea, so try my Interesting Facts pages. Every week I write some interesting facts and there are accompanying sound files for the most interesting facts.
!On the Network:- Use my English magazine Ezine pages to find some interesting articles, poems or stories to listen to.
!On the Network:- Listen to the advert of the month and read the transcript.
!On the Network:- Listen to English songs and read the lyrics.
!On the Network:- A bit of light-hearted fun on the Have Fun with English page. There are new videos or listening files every month.
! On the forum:- Join the forum and ask me to read a short piece of text out loud. Yes, I take requests.
! On the web:- Go to some TTS (text to speech) web sites and use their free services. Some of the results are surprisingly good. I particularly like Acapela TV for their talking fluffy bunnies.
! On the web:- Get onto Second Life. It's the one place I've found where you're guaranteed a conversation - it's an adult environment, and you won't always want to listen to the people you meet, but for every blood sucking vampire who asks if they can bite you, there are at least ten, nice people who just want to socialise. If you want a list of nice places to go, just contact me on the forum.