Improve your English listening skill through the music you…

It’s very useful to work your English through your favorite songs. You learn and improve your English while you enjoy the music you like.

As I already told you in a former post “Learn and improve your English through your favorite songs“, you can even work the four basic skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) while enjoying your favorite music.
In this new post we are going to concentrate on your listening skill.

 

How Can You Improve Your Listening Through The Songs You Like?

Improve your English listening skill through the music you like

I recommend you to choose a song that you really like because you are going to work with it very deeply.
Once you have chosen one, try to memorize the lyrics and sing along with the song.
When you have internalized the song, it’s time to look for covers on YouTube.

 

What Is A Cover?

For those of you who don’t know what a cover is…
It’s when a band or singer makes a new version of a song written from someone else.
The band or singer making the cover try to introduce their personal style to the song. The new version can be quite similar or so different that it’s even difficult to recognize the original song.

 

Why This Strategy Is Going To Help You?

In one hand it’s funny to listen to different version of your favorite songs.
In the other hand you are going to work your listening skill deeply because you listen to a song sung by:

  • Singers with different accents.
  • Singers with different styles.
  • Singers from different countries.
  • Singers with different pronunciations.
  • Male & female singers.

It’s like the English language in the real world…

  • Different English accents
  • Different kind of voices (male & female, young, old…)
  • Different pronunciations

Be aware that some words or sentences that are difficult to understand in a song can be easily catch in a different version.

 

Some Examples Of Covers That I Like…

Here I share with you some songs that I like and some of their respective covers to give you a general idea of the whole process.

Song: Viva la vida by Coldplay

Song: Human by The Killers

Song: Every breath you take by The Police

There are a lot of covers for every song. You are going to find good covers and bad ones too.
Just pick up songs that you really like and work and enjoy listening and learning with their covers.

 

And Remember…

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-What songs do you really like?
-Did you look for covers in the past?
-Are you going to try this strategy to improve your listening skill?
…all your comments are very welcome!!!

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2 different ways to improve your English listening skill…

There are two different methods you can use to improve your listening and both are very important.

I’m pretty sure that you already use the first method I’m going to talk about. But I bet that most of you don’t use the second one.

If you start working your listening skill through both ways, I can guarantee you that your listening level is going to improve a lot. And moreover the other skills and above all your speaking skill is going to follow this improvement.

Let’s take a look at the strategies you have to combine from now on…

2 different ways to improve your English listening skill faster

First strategy: Work your English listening skill actively

Here there is no secret.
I’m pretty sure that you already work your listening skill actively:
It’s when you stop doing anything else and concentrate to work your listening.
You just sit in front of your TV, computer, tablet or phone…. and concentrate, listening to your favorite TV show, film, documentary…
Doesn’t that ring a bell?

It’s very important to work your listening skill actively and you must keep doing it as much as possible in a regular way.

 

Second strategy: Work your English listening skill passively

Here is the trick!
Last but not least, the second way to improve your listening (passively) is as important as the first one (actively).I even think that is more important, but a lot of people don’t use it regularly.

It’s just when you listen passively to English stuff while doing your daily activities. It’s very important to use your daily tasks, your common activities, to work your listening skill in “autopilot”.

 

How to work your English listening skill passively

You just have to keep doing and concentrating on your primary task (your daily chores) while you listen “semi consciously “to your English stuff as a secondary task.

  • You concentrate 80% on your main task.
  • You only concentrate 20% on what you are listening to.

 

When can you work your listening skill passively?

  • While cleaning your house
  • While walking
  • While driving
  • While taking a shower
  • While doing easy or repetitive tasks at your job
  • While doing the dishes
  • While cooking
  • …And so on…

 

How to do it?

You just need your Headphones and your MP3 Player full of songs, audio books, podcasts, radio shows, news, whatever you like… just in English.

 

As a personal Example…

I always listen to my MP3 player that is full of English stuff while doing any task that allows me to listen in autopilot (semi consciously).

I don’t concentrate 100% on what I’m listening to.
I concentrate 80% on my primary task (for example cooking) and concentrate 20% on what I’m listening.
I’m currently listening to a show that I like very much: Comedy Central Presents

I mostly work my listening passively when:

  • Doing house chores
  • While driving or walking to work
  • Before falling asleep at nights
  • When I wake up and stay sometime at bed before going to the shower

After combining these two strategies for a long period, you are going to feel that your listening is gradually improving. You are going to understand English in a natural way without any effort.

 

And Remember…

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-Are you already using these two strategies to improve your listening?
-Are you going to try them?
-Is it working for you?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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The best material to improve your listening skill faster

It’s very important to improve your listening skill. In a conversation, even before being able to speak you have to be able to understand what someone says to you.
Then you have to work your listening but I guess that…

  • You are looking for a pleasant way to work your listening.
  • You want to keep doing it until you reach a good level of understanding.

Then how can you do it?

 

The Best Material To Improve Your Listening…

the best material to improve your english listening skill faster
In my own experience, after working with a lot of different materials, I think that the best ones are TV SHOWS and even more specifically:

SITCOMS and SOAP OPERAS

Why specifically these and not others?
I strongly recommend you to watch this very specific kind of TV shows because:

  1. In this kind of shows there is always a lot of talking that’s just what we are looking for.
  2. It’s always the same characters and one episode after another you know them better. Then it’s easier for you to follow the plot and to understand the dialogues.
  3. It’s easier to understand and concentrate on the dialogues because usually there is no outdoor noises.
  4. Most of the time you can watch the characters in close shots and see how they move their mouths while talking what is quite useful.
  5. It’s easier to get caught on the plot. Then you are going to create the habit to watch the show as often as possible.

 

Three Basic Steps That I Recommend You To Follow…

1.Choose a TV Show that you really like.

2.Be patient because the first episodes are the hardest ones to follow. After every new episode you watch it’s going to be easier for you to follow the plot and to understand the characters talking. If after some episodes you still don’t like the show, give it up and go for another one that suits you best.

3.Create the habit to watch a show as often as possible. (One episode per day would be perfect). If you keep doing this for a long time your listening skill is going to improve a lot without even noticing it.

Some of the Sitcoms that I like:

 

And Remember…

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-What do you thing about all this?
-What materials do you use in order to improve your listening skill?
-Do you usually watch TV shows? Which ones?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited.
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