Listening is a difficult skill. Here are some ideas to help with listening practice:
Do not expect to understand everything at the first listening. Listen for words and phrases that you can understand. Do not worry about the parts you do not get. Focus on what you DO get.
The above audio text is complex text. You will not understand everything at first. It does not matter. It is not important. Just listen.
Which words did you hear?
Which phrases did you identify?
The audio is about a book by Herman Hesse
Did you get these:
My name is Rachel
a very complicated book
it was published
it was first translated into into English
briefly summarise the plot
a futuristic world
play and nurture
makes it clear
not what Hesse actually intended the book to be about
more than just a coming of age story
hard to explain
the fictional biographer’s perspective
somewhere in my brain i understand
to me ..
monasteries have served as preservers and keepers of knowledge
The Book Page
Have you seen the book page?