Listening

During your language lessons your teacher tends to repeat the same things in the foreign language all the time like ‘hands up’ and ‘who can tell me...?’ so by really paying attention you can pick up a lot of the vocab you'll need to get by.

Tips to improve your listening:

Top tip:

“There are lots of free podcasts to download which help teach languages from beginner’s level so why not listen to some of those while walking to school or waiting for friends.”

  • Listen carefully in class to what your teacher says and don't be scared to ask your teacher to repeat what they said if you didn’t quite get all of it, you definitely won’t be the only one in the class wondering what's going on!
  • Look at videos on YouTube of clips in the foreign language. There are lots of clips of celebrities speaking in their other language - you'll be amazed at how many famous people speak more than one language.
  • Try watching your TV show or film in another language - you can find some translated films such as Harry Potter on amazon. You can also watch trailers on YouTube/
  • Listen to music in your foreign language - ask your teacher if they know any famous singers and bands or search online at home. Why not sing along as well by searching for the lyrics online? Try looking up Gekommen um zu Bleiben by Wir Sind Helden, or Dis-Moi by B.B.Brunes.
  • Try and listen out for your language all around you. You may hear it in the supermarket or while out shopping or the odd word spoken on the telly.
  • You can listen to audio magazines like le Mensuel online and then try the exercises. Repeat the audio as many times as you need if you didn’t quite catch what was said the first time.
  • There are lots of free podcasts to download which help teach languages from beginner’s level so why not listen to some of those while walking to school or waiting for friends.
  • Ask your teacher for some copies of the recordings they use in class so that you can listen again in your own time and re-do the exercises.
  • When you’re practicing your listening, make sure the area around you is nice and quiet - you'll learn and remember things more easily when it’s the only thing to concentrate on.
  • Don’t panic if you don’t understand everything! If there were no challenges to overcome, then it would just be boring. Take your time to listen over and each time you do, you’ll be one step closer to understanding everything
  • Try not to do two things at once. Listen first and then fill in the answers, so you only concentrate on one thing at a time.