Detailed Listening

People often say that native speakers speak “very fast”. Sometimes this is true. But much of the time, they are just saying common groups of words together in a particular way. Learning these particular ways is a listening skill that you can practice.

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You may know that “going to” is often reduced to something like gonna. This is true in the UK as well as the USA, and is a perfectly natural thing to do. When you know that gonna means going to, it is easy to say and easy to understand when you hear it. It is only difficult if your ear and brain don’t recognize the meaning of this sound.

Session 1 - Auxiliary "Do" and Subject Pronouns

In this session we will listen to a native speaker reading sentences containing the subject pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, they) and the auxiliary verb “do” in positive and negative forms.

These combinations (for example, he doesn’t and “don’t they?”) are extremely common in spoken English. As a result, native speakers tend to say them very quickly. At first, this may sound strange. But when you have some experience of listening to it, you will find it easier to hear and understand. Because these word combinations are so frequent, this will mean that you understand a much higher percentage of what people are saying!

Session 2 - Auxiliary "Be" and Object Pronouns

In this session we will listen to a native speaker reading sentences containing both subject pronouns and object pronouns (me, him, her, us, them) and the auxiliary verbs “do” and “be” in positive and negative forms.

Session 3 - Pronouns, Conjunctions and Possessives

In this session we are going to practice the sound of some common “small words” such as pronouns, conjunctions (words like “and” or “but”) and possessive adjectives (words like “his” or “my”). We will also practice some of the sounds we heard in earlier sessions.

Session 4 - Auxiliary "Have"

In this session we are going to practice the sound of some more common “small words” from auxiliary have like “it has” or “have they”. We will hear some common past participle forms like “gone” and “been”. We will also practice some of the sounds we heard in earlier sessions.

Session 5 - Question Words

In this session we combine the contents of previous sessions with question words, to form open questions such as “where have they…?” or “why does she…?”.

Paul Read

Hey, I’m Paul.
I work with people who need to learn English for work or pleasure.
I believe in making things simple for people, and taking the stress out of language learning.