Here are some ways to increase your fluency by improving your listening skills and some tips for becoming a better listener of native speaker speech.
- Immerse yourself in the English language: Come to the U.S. or another English speaking country. But if can’t, spend at least an hour or more a day listening to English through a variety of sources such as podcasts, YouTube videos, audio books, the news, etc. Also, get a tutor and speak with them at least once a week or several times a week. Go to gonaturalenglish.com/onlinelessons to find several different companies who offer online tutoring.
- When listening be an active listener: Take notes for the main idea and key words and don’t worry if you miss some of it, just keep listening and taking notes. Then check your understanding with a transcript or by listening again with the subtitles.
- Recognize how native speakers connect their speech: There is a big difference between how we write English vs. how we speak English. For example: “What did you say?” really sounds like “Whadja say?”. Or “What are you doing?” really sounds like “What’re ya doin?” It’s natural and normal for native speakers to connect their speech.
- Learn and practice new words and phrases every day: Not just the definition, but the context in which it is used most often. For example, the phrasal verb “take on” → context is specifically about work or responsibility or a challenging situation. Here’s a sample sentence: “I have to take on more at my office or my boss might fire me.”
- Listen to a variety of sources: Find different ways to get a variety of English by listening to podcasts, tv, movies, news, etc. Don’t get stuck in a rut by always listening to the same person or the same source.
These are just 5 out of many, many more tips for improving your listening skills in English that you can find inside the 17 Secrets to Native Listening Skills course at Go Natural English.