Listening is to give your attention to something or someone who is making a sound. In active or deep listening, which are words used to describe effective listening styles, the listener exhibits certain powerful listening behaviors. This listening is perceived, by the person who is being listened to, as evidence that the listener is really hearing and understanding what the person is trying to communicate. In active listening, the person who is
the listener, conveys to the person whom he or she is listening to, their deepest respect. This is conveyed through a serious effort to focus in on and concentrate on the words and the meaning that the person who is communicating with them, is trying to convey. In active listening: The listener asks questions that probe and focus on understanding and clarifying the meaning of what the communicator is trying to convey. The listener focuses his or her mind and full attention on the words and meaning of the person communicating as observed and heard through such components of speaking as their words, tone of voice, nonverbal facial expressions and body language, examples, and speaking speed. The goal of active listening is shared listening in which the listener and the person communicating are in agreement about what was conveyed. In active listening, the listener provides the communicator, affirming body language, murmured agreement words, and other sounds and actions that help the person communicating feel heard out and listened to. If an employee repeatedly raises the same issues or points of view to you, as a listener, the fundamental issue to consider is that the employee repeats himself because he doesn't feel you are hearing him. Look at your active listening habits to see if the needed listening component is here. Why spoken English is difficult to understand
A lot of you first learned English in a classroom, from a textbook, or maybe from a CD series. If that's how you learned, then you're going to have trouble with spoken English because they're not the same thing! Here's what's different: People use different words and phrases in spoken English than they do in writing. They use slang. They say "um", "hmm", "ah", "uh", etc. They skip the word "that" when using relative clauses. Most classes and books teach "proper" English, which is used in writing and in formal speech. Here at Phrase Mix, I try to teach casual English as well. Words are pronounced differently when you say them individually than when you say them together. This is called "connected speech". If you only learn English in a classroom, you probably only hear very careful pronunciation. You won't be prepared when someone asks you: W'joomine hand'nme thabagovethare? ("Would you mind handing me that bag over there?") People talk about a lot of different topics. Some topics are very specialized and uncommon. Sometimes they talk about people you don't know, or make a joke about a movie that you haven't seen. An English class, textbook, or even a website like Phrase Mix can't prepare you for all of the possible topics in this world. So it's important to realize that you don't have to understand everything. My #1 tip for improving your listening The best way to improve your English listening is to listen. A lot, There's no way around it; you have to spend hours and hours listening to people speaking English. Listen to things that interest you. If you don't enjoy something, it's going to be hard for you to continue. You'll get bored and stop.
Does this situation seem familiar to you? Your English is progressing well, the grammar is now familiar, the reading comprehension is no problem, you are communicating quite fluently, but: Listening is STILL a problem! First of all, remember that you are not alone. Listening comprehension is probably the most difficult task (noun=exercise, job) for almost all learners of English as a foreign language. So, now you know...