Do you have a high English level, but you have a difficult time with your listening? It can be frustrating, right?
Why is listening to a foreign language so difficult?
In today's episode, Jesse will explain strategic steps that you can take to improve your listening comprehension. Jesse will give you three tasks to do next time you're listening to an interview, a Ted talk, a YouTube video, or any other thing that you want to listen to. Follow this advice and these tasks and improve your foreign language listening immediately.
Steps to Improving Your REAL English Listening
1. Don't try to pick up every word.
Are you missing the forest for the trees? If you focus on a single word that you didn't catch, you might miss the bigger idea about what you're listening to. What do you do in your own language when you miss a word? You probably pick up the general idea from the rest of the message.
Ask yourself 3 questions:
a) Who is the intended audience of this listening?
b) What is the main idea of what I'm listening to?
c) What were some supporting points of that main idea?
2. Focus on what you know instead of what you don't know.
Too many times, we can become discouraged about the things we don't know. If we become discouraged from that, we'll be discouraged all the time because we'll always not know more than we know. That's the point of learning, isn't it? Sometimes, it's good to notice our progress as a bit of encouragement.
3. Have a notebook and write down new words or expressions.
This will help you out a lot. It will keep you focused and encouraged because if you will learn more about the things we don't know. By writing down new words and expressions in REAL context, you will learn them on a deeper level and have a visual record to continue to study from.
Contact and Follow
What's the difference between a reason and an excuse? Sometimes, we HAVE reasons for not doing what we need to do, and sometimes we MAKE excuses. If we understand the difference, it can help us be more productive in our day. In this episode, Jesse is going to explore this questions and share his opinion about the difference. Do you agree with him? Share your comments and your opinion. Find episode notes and more resources at sweedacademy.com
So, what is the difference?
Simply put, it comes down to your motivation for giving it. Why are you saying it?
An excuse - tries to blame it on the excuse. (You're trying to excuse yourself from the culpability.)
A reason - you accept responsibility for the error and explain what happened.
It's all in the words we use with EXCUSE or REASON
You make/ come up with an excuse.
You have a reason.
The Truth Is Your Friend
If you're faced with a situation where you've made a mistake and you need to account for it. Go with the truth. You'll earn more respect that way, and in the long run, you'll benefit from it. People often forget about mistakes that are made. People rarely forget about trying to cover up those mistakes or lie about them.
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