The secret of listening
You do not have to understand everything
That means you do not need to understand every word.
That is the secret of listening.
Two Things that you will Notice
While you are listening you will notice something.
In fact, you will notice two things.
The two things which you will notice are:
There are things that you understand
There are things that you do not understand
Pairs of Phrases
Look at these pairs:
Things that you understand
Things that you don’t understand
Things that you will understand
Things that you will not understand
There are things that you will understand.
There are things that you will not understand.
Focus on the things that you understand.
Do not focus on the things that you do not understand.
That is all.
It is simple.
It is so simple.
Don’t Give Up
Many people focus on the things that they cannot understand.
They lose heart.
They lose confidence.
They give up.
Focus on what you Understand
This is ineffective.
It is more effective to focus on what you do understand and try to work on that.
Listening to a Text
When you listen to a text, you will always find that there are words that you don’t understand. Even native speakers do not know some words in some texts and people often miss words because they did not catch what was said.
It does not matter. It is not important.
The important thing is to focus on what you do understand!
You should focus on what you do understand!
Each listening text contains small words and phrases like
Focus on words and phrases that you recognise. Ignore the words and phrases that you do not recognise.
As you listen you will understand more and more. You will recognise more and more words and phrases. Words that you did not understand will become clear. You will hear words again and again. Sometimes you will hear words again and again but you will not know what they mean. In that situation you can work out the meaning of the word from the context. Or you can use a bilingual dictionary to help you.