In this American English pronunciation video,
we’re going to go over five tips to improve your listening skills.
In this video, I’m going to go over five tips, five tricks, five secrets
to improve your English listening comprehension skills.
If you pay attention to all five and spend time every day,
not long! 15 – 20 minutes.
There’s no way you won’t improve dramatically.
If you get bored working one way,
try out one of the other five tricks.
Studying pronunciation and listening skills go hand in hand.
The more you understand how Americans speak, and how to imitate that,
the better you’ll be at speaking and understanding conversational English,
which can move at a pretty quick pace.
那么 提高听力能力的第一点是 学习弱读
So the first trick to improving your listening skills is to study reductions.
How is it that Americans speak so quickly?
They reduce less important words.
比如说 “FOR” 它的发音是[fɔr]
Let’s take for example this word: FOR. Fully pronounced, it’s [fɔr].
But most of the time, in a sentence, Americans pronounce it [fər].
非常快 弱化了元音 [fər]
Really fast, with a reduced vowel, [fər]
So if you’re expecting to hear FOR, fully pronounced and clear,
then you’re never going to hear ‘fer’.
This is for the meeting on Monday.
I’m going to be late for class. Fer, fer.
There are quite a few very common words that,
just like this, Americans regularly reduce.
了解它们 学习它们 练习它们
Knowing what they are, studying them, practicing them,
will help you identify them
in a fast speaking of native English speakers.
I’ve put together a playlist of videos that goes over these common words that reduce.
I’ll post that playlist at the end of this video.
The second trick to improving your listening skills is to study how Americans link words together.
American English is very smooth.
American English is very smooth.
Linking words together is another way that Americans are able to speak so quickly but still be clear.
When you study linking and the ways Americans link words and sounds,
it makes it easier to understand native speakers.
There are specific cases and rules.
For example,when you’re linking a word that ends in the [i] vowel,
a very common ending sound in American English,
to a word that begins with a vowel,
it helps to put a Y sound in between the words.
Americans do this without thinking about it.
“He always”. Heeeeeyal-ya-ya-yyalways.
听起来像是“yyalways” “he yalways”
It sounds like ‘yalways’. He yalways. He always.
The Y is a glide consonant,
so we can use it to smoothly glide between words.
I have a playlist of videos that goes over the cases and rules for linking which I’ll put at the end of the video.
Studying this will make Americans easier to understand,
and make your English more beautifully American.
The third trick to improving your listening skills is to study the specifics of native speech.
很好 每个人都想那样做 但是怎么做
Great. Everyone wants to do that. HOW do you do that?
I’ve come up with an exercise to study native speech
that I call a ‘Ben Franklin’ exercise.
In these videos,
I take a small segment of natural, conversational, native speech,
and analyze every bit of it.
我们分析语调 重读 弱化词 连读
We look at intonation, stress, words that reduce, linking.
This set of Ben Franklin videos does it all for you,
so you can understand HOW
to study the audio and video clips of native speakers,
and how to get the most out of your studies.
Let’s look at a quick example.
Tom what did you do today?
Lots of interesting things happening here.
I noticed first of all that I’ve dropped the t here.
What did you do?
I’m also noticing I’m getting more of a J sound here.
ju what didju didju
Ju, ju, what didju, didju…
So the D and the Y here are combining to make the J sound,
所以我们就有 wha di ju whadidju
so we have wha – di – ju… whadidju, whadidju, whadidju.
Tom, what did you do today?
今天 今天 我醒来……
Today? Today. Today, I woke up…
At the end of this video,
I’m going to put a link to a playlist of these Ben Franklin exercises.
Trick number four:
Find a short audio or video clip of a native speaker that has a transcript.
I’ll give you ideas of where to find these at the end of the video.
Before you look at the transcript,
listen or watch, and try to write down the transcript.
Keep it short, 10 or 20 seconds of video or audio.
Listen several times and do your best to write down exactly what’s being said.
Then compare it with the transcript.
What are the words and phrases you missed?
Listen again and try to figure out why you missed them.
Was the stress different than you thought?
Was one of the words reduced so much that you didn’t hear it?
Was there a word you’ve never heard of before?
When you figure out WHY you didn’t understand it,
it’s going to help you get it next time.
Keep track of those words and phrases you couldn’t understand,
and use them with tip five.
Now this is really cool.
The fifth trick for improving your listening skills
is to listen to a variety of native speakers say the word or phrase
that you have a hard time hearing or understanding.
There’s a website called Youglish
where you can plug in a word or a phrase
and hear hundreds of examples of native speakers
using that word or phrase in conversational English.
Let me show you what I mean.
Here, I’m on Youglish.com.
Let’s say I didn’t understand the phrase
“I want to do that”（我想做那个）
“I want to do that”
和“ wanna do that”意思一样
as “I wanna do that”.
when I was working on a podcast listening comprehension exercise.
输入它 带上引号 选择美式口音
I type it in, with quotes, and I select US here for American English.
Now it loads a series of videos,
all queued up to this phrase that I can listen to in a row.
Use this button to skip to the next example.
“It takes me like an hour and 15 minutes to get here, I wanna do that and…”
“你得来帮我 你说不 我不想去做那个……”
“You’re gonna come and help me and you say no I don’t really think I want to do that…”
“看看其他人做这个 并且说 哇 我想自己去做”
“See others doing it and say, wow! I want to do that with my own…”
“You know, I want to do that…”
“I want to do that and give you a call…”
“And I want to do that today…”
“I want to do that, just tell me how to do that…”
“如果你想做那事 我需要那些关键的…… ”
“If I want to do that, I need these key…”
“I remember thinking I want to do that.”
“I want to do that…”
“I want to do this, I want to do that…”
“我想做这事 我想做那个吗 还是我想……”
“I want to do it. Do I want to do that or do I want to…”
Wow, everyone said wanna.
当你听到一个例子的时候 暂停 模仿它
As you hear one example, pause it, and imitate it.
Listen to 10, 15, 20 different people say your problem word or phrase
and spend some time saying it out loud yourself.
What do you notice?
里面有个停顿音“T” 吗 有个弱化词吗
Is there a Stop T? Is there a reduction?
The next time you hear it inconversation or a movie,
you’re going to understand it.
There you have it.
My top five secrets, my top tricks
for improving your listening comprehension.
Aren’t you sort of excited to get working on one of these tricks right now?
I want to give you a couple of resources for number 4 –
videos and audios with transcripts.
I love TED talks.
Visit ted.com for thousands of videos
on varied and interesting topics with transcripts.
And just choose a 10 or 20 second section of the video to work on.
Also, lots of podcasts have their transcripts online.
One of my favorite podcasts is This American Life. Check it out.
Here are all of those playlists I mentioned.
Click here or in the description below.
选择一个 等会再观看 现在马上练习
Pick one and watch it next. Start working on it right now.
There’s no time like the present.
Work with one of these tips everyday.
Bookmark the playlists.
You can really take charge of your listening skills.
What other ways do you work on your listening comprehension?
Put it in the comments below
so that everyone can benefit from your ideas and your tips.
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