Improve your listening comprehension
◆The following tips will help you improve your
◆I do not recommend language tapes to improve
◆Rather, I suggest that you watch videotapes and
CDs of American movies and dramas because these
genres feature conversational English replete with
the idioms and usage patterns employed by native
◆Thus, they provide a good model. In addition,
the pronunciation is typically clearer than that
of native speakers having a high-speed conversation.
◆The first time you listen, focus on following
◆Even if you miss many of the words, you should
be able to follow the plot, especially since the
images provide visual clues.
◆The second time you watch the video or CD, try
to catch as many words as possible.
◆If you encounter a passage that you completely
miss, view that passage again?and again and again,
if necessary?until you get the idea of what is
◆The third time you watch the CD or video, write
idioms or usage patterns that catch your ear on
a note pad and learn them.