Hey everyone! I get a lot of questions from students asking me how they can improve in Listening as they are living in non-english speaking environments that everything from movies and TV to everyday life is in their mother tongue. If you live in a place where your exposure to English is limited too, then you just need more exposure to the English language. Now, what can you do?
Well, there is no better and easier time than today to actually improve your listening skills, simply because nowadays the internet offers you the opportunity to listen to the English language in all situations through video. Firstly, I would suggest more practice, but not in terms of IELTS, I don’t want you to see it like exam practice but like a game. So, you can watch videos on youtube based on the things that interest you (cooking, football, gaming, whatever–it could be anything!) only in english.
At first, you can choose to read the subtitles but gradually don’t look at them so much. On youtube you can find anything you are interested in, even mini comedy series or classic movies that are English (or American). Only if you expose yourself to how quickly and in what way native speakers communicate will you get the hang of it. What is more, you will learn while having fun at the same time which–let’s face it–is the ideal way of learning!
If you are ready to take your listening skills one step further, I highly recommend this channel. It has numerous videos discussing all sorts of ideas and these videos can greatly help you improve your academic vocabulary as well (to say the least). I really hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it goes and if you have anything else to suggest that could be helpful (preferably not strictly educational) be my guest in the comments below!