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  • Good morning, good afternoon or even good evening depending on where in the big wide

  • world do you happen to be right now. So, in Japan, where I live, it is still morning not

  • for much longer. It's almost lunch time so soon it will be afternoon but right now it

  • is still morning. So, today I have an email from Amy and Amy says "I can't understand

  • what native speakers say. It's just too fast." So, let's talk about that in today's video,

  • a little bit.

  • So first of all, let's think about where this problem, this listening or understanding problem

  • might come from. Now, a lot of people say that they have a problem with listening and

  • they find listening hard. Therefore, they can't understand what people say. But I think,

  • often it's not a problem with listening and such rather that it's more of a vocabulary

  • problem if that makes sense. People say that they can't understand what people say but

  • it's not that they can't listen to them or they can't hear them, it's just that they

  • simply don't know or not used to the kind of vocabulary and phrases being used. And

  • this could happen when if for example you're learning from let's say textbooks you're learning

  • from textbooks and that textbook is using quite dry, quite very standardized English

  • and then you speak to a native speaker and of course they don't speak dry, standardized

  • English. They are probably using phrases and idioms and kind of ways of saying things and

  • expressions that you're just not used to or that you haven't learned. So it's gonna be

  • hard to understand them. Again, that's not really a listening problem it's more of a

  • case of you're just not used to the kind of English they are using. So, if you're if it's

  • conversation that you're having trouble with, then try to learn from conversations more.

  • I would find materials that are really based on conversations and a quite natural or have

  • more conversations yourself.

  • Now, it could can be also a listening problem. If you're practicing or if you are always

  • listening to things that are very very slow then, it's gonna be hard to suddenly listening

  • to something which is very fast and I think, a lot of English learning materials do tend

  • to be quite slow. My videos also tend to be quite slow. I speak quite slowly and I enunciate

  • my words very carefully and very clearly in my videos but my videos are not designed for

  • listening practice. I want you to understand the content. I want you to understand what

  • I'm saying so I keep my English quite simple. So, I speak quite slowly. But again, they're

  • not designed for listening practice. So, when you're trying to practice listening, I recommend

  • that you try and listen to things that are of natural speed as much as possible. Again,

  • the best thing you can do is try and find good materials that will give you the kind

  • of phrases and vocabulary and the speed is well. Try and find materials that are really

  • based on dialogues and conversations and that will then help you to understand people in

  • conversations. Of course, the other thing that you really

  • just need to do is to just have more conversations and just get used to it. And yes, it is frustrating

  • and it is kind of embarrassing in the beginning when you have to keep asking people to repeat

  • some again and again and again and again and you know, you just can't understand and yes,

  • that is frustrating but it will get easier. My advice is to basically don't make excuses

  • for yourself. Don't avoid speaking to people having conversations or anything like that

  • because you think it's gonna be hard to understand. Do it because it's hard to understand and

  • it will get easier. Don't ask people to slow down for you. Just throw yourself in the deep

  • and go for it and it will gradually get easier over time as you get used to the speed, as

  • you get used to the kinds of phrases people use as you get used to the accent whatever.

  • And yeah, I guess accent is another thing. If you're used to listening to an American

  • accent and then suddenly you're trying to listen to an Australian accent, it's gonna

  • be difficult. Then you have to get used to it. That is the key to understanding and comprehension

  • and listening in everything - getting used to it.

Good morning, good afternoon or even good evening depending on where in the big wide

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我聽不懂別人說什麼!他們說得太快了! (I can't understand what people say! They speak too fast!)

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