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How to improve listening and speaking skills in English?

In the modern world, to adapt to this global village, the abilities of communicating fluently in English is very important. Therefore, it is necessary to improve these two skills: listening and speaking. However, English is not our native language. Somehow we can't always understand clearly the meanings while listening to it and can't put what we are thinking into words. Here, I suggest you keep these method below. Fist, watch English movie without subtitle. In this way, not only won't you get bored while learning but also you can improve your listening skill.

Music Video: Skyfall – Adele

Average: 3.6 (73 votes)

The famous English double agent, James Bond, has been in the news a lot this year.

Not only did the new film receive positive reviews, it is also fifty years since the first one came to the screen. This song is the official theme for the new film.

Read through the lyrics and try to guess which word completes the gap. Then listen to the song and check your answers. Enjoy!

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Music Video: John Mayer - Say

Average: 3.5 (45 votes)

John Mayer writes and performs many beautiful songs. I particularly love the lyrics which is why I share them with you. Listen to the song and see if you can complete the gaps with the missing words. I’ve put the definitions of the words as well to help you. Is any of the vocabulary new to you?

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Music Video: The Script

Average: 3.5 (49 votes)

The Script are an Irish rock band who have become very popular in the past few years. You do not have to listen to the whole song, just the first couple of verses. Before you listen to the song and try to complete the gaps, follow these steps:

  1. Read through the lyrics, can you guess which word fits where before you listen?
  2. Listen to check your answers.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Listening Lesson: Build your Creative Confidence

Average: 4.1 (39 votes)

Are you creative? Do you think people can learn to be more creative or is creativity just something you are born with and can't be taught.

Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas. It is an important skill in business because fresh ideas can help an organisation stay competitive.

Often, people think of themselves as being creative or non-creative. This talk argues that everyone has the ability to be creative and that it is only fear that stops people from being so.

Present Simple and Present Continuous

Average: 3.3 (122 votes)

In today's lesson we will be discussing the differences between the present simple and the present continuous. It is a common mistake for English learners to mix these two tenses up, but after this lesson you will know when to use the correct tense. Read the explanation and the examples and then complete the sentences with the correct verb.

Listening Lesson: Bike Riding

Average: 3.5 (32 votes)

Let's test your listening with the following video. Watch the video and answer the questions by choosing True or False. Also, I hope it gets you started on your training. Do you enjoy riding bikes? Have you ever participated in a bike race? Enjoy!

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Music Video: Glee - A Boy Like That

Average: 3.7 (39 votes)

When I was Colombia, I watched lots of old movies with my husband. One of them was West Side Story, a musical based loosely on Romeo and Juliet. Listen to this song and see if you can complete the gaps with the missing words. Try reading through first guessing before you listen. I’ve used a recent version of the song that appeared in the TV show 'Glee', as the quality is better. Enjoy!

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Music Video: All Saints

Average: 3.6 (25 votes)

I hadn't heard this song for years, until it came on the radio this morning. Do you remember it?

It was released in 1997, 15 years ago! Listen to the song and try to complete the gaps with the correct missing words. Before you listen, take a look at the lyrics and see if you can guess what the missing words may be. You may be able to figure out what words are missing by the context of the sentences. 

Music Video: Eye of the Tiger

Average: 3.7 (50 votes)

I decided to use this song for a lesson today as my boyfriend was exercising to it this morning! It is a classic 80's tune and definitely a motivational song. It was also the theme song for the well-known movie, Rockie III. Read through the lyrics and see if you can guess which words complete the gaps. Then listen and see if you were right! Good luck.

Lesson by Caroline