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What is a good way to improve listening skills when learning a foreign language?

Asked by inunsure (423 points ) January 5th, 2014

I’m learning Chinese and my reading skills have improved a lot but I’m still very bad at understanding what people are saying.

What things could I do to improve my listening skills?

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ragingloli's avatar

Chinese movies?
It helped me understanding what english speakers say.

hearkat's avatar

Immersion is usually listed as the best way to learn a new language. In addition to watching foreign-language movies (you could cover the subtitles if there is no option to turn them off), you could also go down to a Chinese restaurant or market, or if there’s a ‘Chinatown’ urban center nearby. We have several restaurants in our area where we are often the only white people in the place, and we are surrounded by their language. Of course, you might find there are many dialectical differences.

An acquaintance has been tutoring on Cambly.com – it looks like they only do Spanish right now, but they’re a start-up, so perhaps if you contact them, they’ll find someone to help you with Chinese.

fundevogel's avatar

You might see about downloading podcasts in your target language. If your reading comprehension is on the up and up hopefully you’ll be able to translate your reading vocabulary into a listening vocabulary.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Be careful with the inflections and accentuated syllables. They make a huge difference in meaning.

Smitha's avatar

Active listening on a daily basis would be helpful. Listen closely and concentrate on listening. There are number of things that you can use to improve your listening skills like podcasts on iTunes, movies, music or the radio. You can also try speaking with native speakers.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Listening to Chinese movie dialog with subtitles in your native language and using the pause and rewind functions may be helpful.

mattbrowne's avatar

DVD in foreign language plus subtitles in foreign language.

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