In each of my last three English lessons, at some point I was asked, "how can I improve my understanding?"
In this blog you'll find little ways to improve your spoken English as well as your understanding, today I want to share a little tip that might sound stupid but is actually a really useful exercise.
Find a recording on the internet by a native speaker, choose one sentence and keep listening to it on 'repeat'. At first just listen to it, then after (and maybe you should do this in the privacy of your own bedroom!) play it and repeat it out loud, paying particular attention to the pronunciation and intonation (both vital aspects to re-creating the sound of native English). Not only will you begin to understand how to pronounce difficult words, but the more often you do this exercise, your understanding of 'real' English will improve.
Go on try it!!
English teacher resident in Italy for 10 years, looking to help people understand this crazy language