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What's the most important skill in English? If you said, "listening", you're right. Why? If we hear, "Book is on table", we'll never say, "THE book is on THE table". If we don't hear "the", we won't think it's there, and we won't say it. That means our listening ability affects our conversational ability. The best English listeners are also potentially the best English conversationalists.
This is the same English listening course for international learners that Nina produced for major international corporations such as Toyota Motor Sales. There are easy-to-follow captions, and many listening exercises to practice in each lesson. The goal is to begin to prepare you to hear almost every word.
There are two steps in Nina's English listening program. Step 1 is "English". You should take that course first. This is the Step 2 listening level.
There are two very different kinds of English -- written and spoken. Speed of speech changes the pronunciation of spoken English. Basically, the faster native speakers talk, the harder it is to understand them, unless you learn and practice these spoken English pronunciation rules. Step 1, "English", introduced learners to the most important pronunciation rules of native English speakers (reduced forms). It introduced learners to the rhythm or "music" of English sentences, and many important spoken English pronunciations by real native English speakers.
In this course, "More English", Intermediate --
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|Section 1: Learn and practice understanding real native English speaker pronunciations.|
Practice hearing and understanding native English speakers use *fer in words and phrases. Then go to a higher listening level -- preparing to hear almost every word.
Learn and practice the next new reduced form, "verb + -ing endings" become "verb + -in'". Native speakers soften or delete the "g". Focus on hearing almost every word of the native English speaker exercises. EXTRA -- Special downloadable listening exercises -- Academy award winner, Jennifer Hudson, singing "And I'm Telling You"!
Learn that "to" after a vowel sound changes to *da. There are practice listening exercises in every lesson.
At this point, we have twelve common reduced forms (eight from the beginning course, and four so far from this course). Which three are the most common? Find out why that's important. EXTRA -- Special downloadable exercise -- Listening exercises on part of a speech by the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!
If you add these pronunciations to your own English, you'll sound more like a native English speaker fast.
Have you noticed something? *Gotta, *hafta, *hasta, *useta, *supposta -- Each of these ends in "to", which becomes *ta! Practice everything you've learned so far. It isn't enough just to know these forms. You need to practice them so you can understand them in natural speech!
When you understand this lesson (including some great sentence blending rules), you'll never listen to English the same way again!
All of these pronunciations are reduced forms. Two important things happen -- sounds are reduced, so there are fewer sounds to hear. Secondly, speed of speech causes these reductions. I'll teach you how to hear "and" as a native speaker will really say it (*'n), and all of the reduced forms you've learned so far!
"Or" becomes *er at a natural speed. Fun example -- Do you want souper salad?
Another powerful English accent reduction secret!
|Section 2: Listening test|
What can Steve Jobs teach you about understanding native English speakers?
|Section 3: What about British and Australian English? -- An interview with Prince William|
Prince William is a well-educated British speaker. Hear him use the reduced forms you've just learned!
Hear these natural pronunciations in Australian English!
|Section 4: My recommendations|
Use your new listening techniques on a conversation between two native English speakers. First, you'll answer general comprehension questions. Then you'll try to fill in the words you hear. Check your answers at the end. Can you hear 80% of the words correctly? If not, please listen to the lessons in this class again. I always recommend that my learners listen to real English lessons more than once. This will get you used to the real pronunciation of native English speakers.
Nina Weinstein has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote twenty English textbooks that are held in libraries such as MIT, Oxford University, New York University, Kyushu University, etc. She was "the English Doctor" for Voice of America Radio, where she was one of the first people to teach English live on Facebook to thousands of people in countries around the world.
She was a teaching fellow at Harvard University, where she taught all skills, and an early version of her custom course in listening to real spoken English. She tested the first edition of her real English listening book, "Whaddaya Say", while she was at Harvard. "Whaddaya Say" is a bestselling book (Pearson Education, about 45 printings) and is used all over the world.
She's created all-skills English programs and taught custom listening courses at companies such as Toyota Motor Sales, Mazda Motors of America, Tatung, Sumitomo, and various universities and online programs. She's spoken all over the world on real spoken English and written many academic articles.
Recently, Nina Weinstein wrote, designed, and produced an interactive, English-learning website, Nina's Easy English. It teaches beginning through advanced learners all skills, including how to understand real spoken English.
Currently, she's writing a TOEIC preparation book for an Asian publisher.
Nina Weinstein cares about her students, and always has. If you have a goal, a question, or you'd just like to say, "Hello", please contact her.