Mastering English: Keys to Effective Study – Listening Comprehension

Mastering English to Effective Study

Why do we love to hate listening? Find out here!

One of my favorite parts has arrived: the beautifully-hated listening of the English language. Why is it loved and hated? Because when we first start studying English, it’s what we hate the most; we don’t understand anything they’re saying, right?

Today, I’m going to share the key points that I personally believe help us both not understand and understand at the same time.


The first point is not knowing vocabulary. If we don’t know the vocabulary, we won’t be able to understand what they’re saying. The amount of vocabulary you have is extremely important; the more vocabulary you have, the easier it will be for you to

No Vocabulary, No Auditory Paradise: Learn How to Master It.

Let me give you an example that happened to me recently when I was speaking English with a person who has lived with the language since birth.

We were having a conversation when I said, “I want to HONE some of my skills,” and their response was a puzzled look and “What?, Home?” Even though that person had been exposed to English from a young age through cartoons, they couldn’t grasp the word I used and confused it with another, which can also be very

“dangerous” because it leads to many misunderstandings (believe me).

So, this applies to both beginners and experts; we can never have too much vocabulary, quite the opposite.

In summary of the first point, we have the following formula: Vocabulary + Synonyms + Antonyms + Verbs + more vocabulary =  better auditory skills we can have.

Feel at Home: Get Used to Different Accents and Expressions.

To start studying listening, it is extremely important to consider (once again) THE LEVEL OF ENGLISH WE CURRENTLY HAVE. We don’t want to practice with a Ted Talks video giving a business conference when we have a basic level of English. So, the main step is to identify our level of English.


The second point is not being accustomed to the language we  are listening to. And there’s no need to feel guilty; on the contrary, even within the place where we grew up, there is a great variety of accents, ways of saying things, etc. Therefore, this requires a lot of patience to be able to understand.

Patience, Your Best Ally

The third point is, whether you prefer to write virtually or on paper, you should have something nearby to make a list of words. Now, we will play the video twice without subtitles (in English, of course). After playing the video twice, we will activate the English subtitles to collect as many words as possible.

Remember that I mentioned how important patience is in this step, right? That’s precisely why I said it; this is where it can be more time-consuming, why? Because we probably won’t understand most of the words we are working with, so I recommend you make the following table:

Patience is your best ally



One or two synonyms

One or two antonyms

Two or three sentences in different verb tenses for practise

Patience is your best ally

Now, let’s go back to the simplest thing again, listen to the audio twice without subtitles, with the new vocabulary, and notice the difference in the amount of comprehension you gained after learning the vocabulary and its context.

Of course, this requires patience, time, and control of the frustration we may feel, but I assure you that before you know it, you’ll be on the other side.

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll be happy and grateful to help you understand everything that seems so difficult (but actually isn’t).

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