In this video, we’ re going to talk about how to understand fast English speakers.
So I get this question a lot from my students that I’ m having a hard time
understanding native English speakers who are speaking too quickly.
So I want to give you some ideas, and some tips and tricks today
on how to understand fast English speakers a little bit better
and some exercises you can do to strengthen your listening skills,
when it comes to listening to native English speakers. Ok.
First of all, I want you to do what native speakers do.
And that is they don’ t listen to every word in a sentence.
Typically what they are doing is listening for those stressed words.
So they are listening for the stressed words in the sentence.
And so it is … every…
The rhythm of English is composed of stressed and unstressed sounds and syllables.
So they’ ve been in condition to listen for those
stressed words and syllables in a sentence.
And that’ s really what we are listening for.
So in order to understand this,
let’ s do a little bit of review of sentence stress.
So if you remember, sentence stress is emphasizing
the important words and sentences.
Those important words are longer, louder and with slightly higher pitch
Now some native speakers are really good at
emphasizing and stressing important words.
And some are not as great at it.
And but for those who do stress and emphasize those important words,
it’ s much easier to understand.
Because we can kind of pick out those stressed words and get the …
and understand very clearly what they are trying to communicate.
OK. Those stressed words in a sentence
are a clue for you listener to pay attention.
When you’re saying when you’re speaking and using your rhythm in English,
you want to stress and emphasize those key ideas.
And…Kind of hand those most important ideas
to your listeners by stressing them.
Now you want to take this same advice as you’re listening.
And say OK, I’m going to be listening for those stressed words.
and those stressed syllables in a sentence.
That’ s what’ s going to help you really hear and understand a lot better.
OK. And so some examples of important words
when it comes to sentence stress are names.
And typically native speakers will stress and emphasize name.
Numbers are typically stressed and emphasized.
And negatives are typically stressed and emphasized.
Again, some native speakers do this better than others.
But you can get… you can … as you follow this general rule
you’ ll be able to pick that out a little bit better.
OK. So stressed words equal … say mean that are important.
They are important in the meaning.
So we have that those curves of
stressed and unstressed words in syllables.
So you’ re looking for those stressed, those peaks and … in that rhythm.
So as you are listening for that stressed words and ideas in a sentence,
That’ s where the meaning in the purpose that
was really important meaning of what the speakers think.
OK. Now to do this you want … you need to practice.
To get better at this, you need a lot of practice.
I’ ve found a resource that is absolutely amazing.
And this guy has a website called esl-lab.com
And he has … just dozens of
recorded conversations between native English speakers.
You can click on it. You can listen.
A lot of those speakers are a little bit fast speakers
or on normal pace for the other native English speakers to…
be able to understand.
And so you’ ll listen to those recordings in those conversations,
and then he has a listening quiz or a comprehension task,
I guess I should say, a comprehension test about that conversation.
It’ s an incredible resource and I encourage you to go to that website,
and I have a link here on the website.
Go there and listen to as many of those conversations as possible.
Take the quiz and as you do that
listen for those stressed and emphasized words
and syllables in the sentence.
And see if you can get better at
pulling out those stressed or important ideas.
instead of listening for every single word that native speaker is saying.
好了 总结一下就是 像母语英语者一样
All right. So as a review, do as native speakers do.
Don’ t listen to every word.
And listen for those stressed words in the sentence.
OK. I know as you do this, you will get…
do this and you practice this skill,
you will get better understanding native English speakers,
and especially native speakers who might be speaking a little too fast.
好了 去练习吧 我们下期视频再见
All right. Go practice and I’ ll see you again in the next video.