Understand Native English Speakers with this Advanced Listening Lesson

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Hi guys, it's Keith from English Speaking Success. Today, I am going to show you how to understand native English speakers and how to really improve your listening skills. What's more, I will show you the biggest mistake students make when trying to understand native speakers, and also when doing the IELTS listening test.


Topics covered in this video:

00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:08 Test your listening skills
00:02:00 The biggest mistake students make
00:02:35 Dropping letters
00:03:53 Linking sounds
00:04:07 Adding sounds
00:06:18 The 5 Essentials for Improving Listening Skills
00:06:30 Word stress
00:08:15 Tip for practicing listening skills
00:09:36 Chunks
00:12:42 The Fluency Gym

00:13:05 Weak forms
00:17:14 Contractions
00:18:44 Connected Speech
00:22:45 Summary - Understanding a Native Speaker


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Keith O'Hare

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    Monica Cagnina

    Thank you so much!! I am a spanish speaker learning english! This video was very useful for me, Teacher!

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    Ines London

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    Віталій Мартинюк

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    Balqis Khairunnisa

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    Dian Lestari

    oh wow.. This my first time here and thanks a lot Sir for this video. Amazing..

  • Kay Harms
    Kay Harms

    I’m English and why is English so complicated lol wtf never thought about that once in 20 years I can see now why some people struggle with learning it

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    shruti panda

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    Tania Ashta

    So you gonna have a good day is the phrase ...

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    Jishnu R Nair

    Hello Keith.. Which is your favorite English music band?

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    devyn eynes

    Hello, I just signed up for your channel, I am studying English on my own, and when I see your videos I notice that there is a gulf between grammar and pronunciation, I will continue watching your excellent videos little by little, greetings from Argentina! Postscript: I still need the google translator.

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    West Cilacap English

    If the learners can understand what you say .i think they Will get much knowledge from you. Thanks

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    Petre TV

    I rarely speak my language

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    Анастасия Сташевская

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    Edmar ED

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    Huy Nguyễn Công

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    Юрий Кашичкин

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    Matias Alfredo Batalla

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    Learning English

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    Amos McUmber

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    endang sulistiawati

    Hi Keith...I like the way you teach us...thank you very much.

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    irushi hansani

    good work sir....thank you

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    Easy to understand

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    Upkardeep singh

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    juan de miguel blanco

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      juan de miguel blanco

      I had the subtitles and I read it

  • English Sehla
    English Sehla

    للمتكلمين بالعربية نفس هذه الدروس سوف نقوم بترجمتها على قناتي هذه اضغط على متابعة لتصلك الفيديوهات مع شرح مبسط بالانجليزي و العربي

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    leia Juste

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    Benjamin Potet

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    nechir kocher

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    Tryer To future


  • Mimin Dandi
    Mimin Dandi

    Only 3minutes 48second i look this video ... I am very like because exsplain me anything about English .... Actually i don't have good in listening ... Because when l'm trying to translate it .. so make me always late and loose the word's ... so it's was wrong for me to translate it 😂 ... So how i can understand of they speak or talk with me if am not see the word's .... I hope you are understood what i means 😭😭😭 and am sorry if my English so bad

    • Scrawny Clown Snatch
      Scrawny Clown Snatch

      No, I understand you perfectly! I’m a native English speaker (learning French) who has the same troubles as you. When I translate the words in my head, I miss half the sentence lol I guess I just takes practice and exposure to the language. After some time, the sentences become predictable and you won’t have to think about it as much. It just takes patience You’re doing great so far! Keep going, you’re learning a lot ;)

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    Robson e Cintia Meirelles

    Speak slower, please I'm learning inglês yet

  • Julita Salve
    Julita Salve

    Thank you.

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    Paola S.

    Hi. I need practice native English. Can you help me?

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    Drink & Think


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    Code With Hossein

    My maternal language is persian and these tips were so useful for me! :)

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    Dewaraja 30

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    Explore BODY, MIND and SOUL

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    Esa Putri

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    It's rare for me to finish videos teaching about English (language) because I have a struggle on focusing or fixating exclusively, and this is one of those that while closely watching I hadnt thought I finished to end.

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    Thu O Pham Huynh

    Shall we have a good day?

  • Merve Özbaysar
    Merve Özbaysar

    It was excellent !! I’m having difficulty in speaking But when I tried to imitate the way you spoke it sounded like a native !!! Thank your for this useful video !!

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      Paola S.

      Hello. Where are you from?

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    Wow man I realy started understand your native speech!!!!Thanks}

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    Bassam Abutraab


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    Max Akagro

    It’s really helpful for a beginner.😃

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    Ellen Sh

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    Анастасия Мезенцева


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    Johanna Han

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  • иван пиётп
    иван пиётп

    I cannot agree with this information. I speak several languages - and yes - in every language we can destroy speech and say whatever we want to say, but that is neither STANDARD nor should we be teaching our students how to speak like that. In French one can say: JE NE SAIS PAS or simply "SHPA" but the latter will not impress too many speakers of STANDARD PARISIAN FRENCH. Do people speak like that? Often we do. In American English we hear "CHEAT YET?" to mean DID YOU EAT YET? But that way of speaking in any language is lazy, uncultured and non-standard. It reminds me of a guy in South Africa who told me "Rutney go?" and I had to ask him to say it several times and what he meant was "Are we ready to go?" For that matter, we may as well start new dialects and new languages. Isn't that what PIDGIN ENGLISH is all about? Let's not teach students how to deform language, let's teach them how to stick to the variety most accepted by educated folks. And let the ones who speak lazily and sloppily adapt to the proper norms and not the other way around.

    • Scrawny Clown Snatch
      Scrawny Clown Snatch

      I somewhat agree Teaching people to say “atyuh wann eet?” like some Irish sailor as opposed to “What do you want to eat?” isn’t a great idea. When you’re fluent or native, you break these pre-made rules of the language because we know that we’ll be understood and it simply comes naturally. We were never taught formally to say “I dunno”, yet we all end up pronouncing it the same way over time I don’t think that naturally learnt slang is inherently bad. I think listening to Aussies talking is hilarious and charming af, though teaching a native German to speak like one might be a bad idea haha

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    Enoc Laurindo Nguli Profeta

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      English Speaking Success

      Thank you, I will

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    Sameerah Alzahrani

    I like the two types of listening exercises mentioned Intensive and Extensive 👍👍👍

    • English Speaking Success
      English Speaking Success


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    Rajeev Upadhyay

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    Thanks for your lesson! It's really useful for me!^_^

    • English Speaking Success
      English Speaking Success

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for watching.

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    Mi Phuong

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    Tuấn Nam Nguyễn

    I love you Mr. Keith ! Thanks for your helpful lesson.

    • English Speaking Success
      English Speaking Success

      You are welcome!

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    Chimi dorji

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    Anna's Cooking World

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  • Marco Aloiar
    Marco Aloiar

    Good morning, please if i say "" i wish i had never net you " i want to answer using "neither or either " a lot of people told me they would use "me neither " because the sentence is negative!! But my answer is referred to "" i wish " and it is not negative !!!! I would say "" me either " !!! Thank you in advance , happy day !!

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    Elizabeth Ahonsi

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    Ibrahim Al Shehaby

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    Nguyen Viet Thai

    1:16 i heard this "sure, you're gonna have a good day "

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    Gloria Martinez

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  • Isabelo Layon
    Isabelo Layon

    During practice speaking I got 6.5 band but in the exam I only got 6. this video is very interesting. Thanks Kieth for sharing thi video. for now i am starting all over again in traversing the program all about English. Speaking English with your colleagues is an amazing way to connect with them. it seems your are talking the world.

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    Arvin Nielsen

    As an American who lives in Birmingham England, I like listening to British native speakers.

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    Victor Sosa

    The best teacher ever I've met