20 SITES TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING

Listening is difficult for most learners. The first thing I hear from students who have traveled abroad is, “Americans talk so much faster than you do”. As teachers, we tend to talk a bit slower, with more enunciation and emphasis on intonation. But are we doing students a disservice with this habit? I know after teaching in Brazil for over 10 years, I speak much slower, so much so that when I call back to the states, people ask if I’m ok or worse, dying as they notice my rate of speed while talking is dramatically less rapid than before I left.

Since building the Facebook group “English Students worldwide”, every day I receive a text or email from learners asking for help with their fluency. I am surprised to find that most haven’t even considered this simple solution to increasing listening speed. So “listen” up.

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