One of the most important skills in foreign languages is listening, that is, listening to a foreign speech. For those learning English in a non-English speaking country, this is usually the most difficult.
Every skill, including listening to English, must be trained. Since it seems very difficult at first, most students, consciously or unconsciously, try to leave these lessons “for later”, first trying to master grammar and pronunciation, learning new words, but not listening. But in theory no skill can be learned; exercise required. After all, you can’t learn to swim just by reading how to do it properly.
Surround yourself with English as much as possible. Use the Internet to listen to English-language radio broadcasts, watch English and American movies without dubbing, use educational audio materials. At the same time, it is not necessary to set aside time for this – it is enough to listen, wash the dishes, iron the clothes, clean. Even if you don’t understand individual words or can’t say what it’s about at all, listening like this will help you get used to the pace and style of the language.
Try to use materials that are of personal interest to you – someone is more suited to listening to British news, someone can spend hours listening to songs by English-speaking artists, someone finds it more useful and effective to listen to special educational texts, and someone sees the meaning only in direct communication with friends.
Practice regularly, making it a rule to spend some time each day listening – as long as you can, but the more the merrier.
When you start listening, don’t forget to train other skills – grammar, reading, speaking, writing. To get the maximum effect when learning a language, you need to study in a complex way.
When listening to the lyrics with purpose, be focused, but not tense. Compose images, images based on known vocabulary, do not pay attention to unknown. This is a common mistake – students hear an unintelligible word or phrase and, thinking about what it means, lose their minds and are completely disoriented in the text, although these words may not be important at all to understand the meaning.