How to learn English - Study tips from ELLLO

Vocabulary Listening Training

Learn this trick for learning new words.

Hi. In this video we are going to look at how you could do vocabulary listening training to improve your English, and when you do vocabulary listening training you can improve your listening of course, and your vocabulary, but also your speaking and your pronunciation. 

When we hear words, it helps if we hear them more than one time, right? So have you ever heard a word in class and you were like, "Ah, what's that word? One more time. One more time." Well, you were on the right track. You need to hear a new word more than one time, so in each little mini file, in each little mini lesson which is about 30 seconds long, you will hear the word usually six times. Six times you'll hear it, so you will become familiar with how it sounds. You'll also hear three example sentences and a short explanation. 

So let's go ahead and see how it works. We have the word here for the idiom in the idiom folder. We have 100 idioms. Go with the flow. So let's check it out. 

Go with the flow. Go with the flow. 

You hear it two times. Now you'll hear a sample sentence.

I'll just go with the flow. 

Hmm. I'll just go with the flow. Now maybe still you don't really know what it means, go with the flow, so next you will hear an explanation. 

When we go with the flow, that means we accept a situation for the way it is and don't try to change things. 

Oh, okay. So maybe you're listening. You kind of understand it now. Now we'll hear it two more times in some example sentences.

Notice the following. One. When I travel, I just go with the flow. Two. At work, it's often better to go with the flow. 

True. At work it is best to go with the flow. The opposite we say is rock the boat. You don't want to rock the boat. Okay, so we've heard it five or six times so now we're familiar with the sound, and now what you can do is maybe give it a rest. Don't look at it today anymore, and then come back to it in one day, two days, three days. If you look at the word again you'll notice it'll be much easier for your to understand it and you can get natural repetition. 

Now, maybe you're thinking, "Yeah, it's still really difficult." Well when you first learn a word, the first stage is actually orientation. That means you're just familiar with it. You don't have to use it. You don't even have to know what it means. Stage one is orientation. That's how children learn new words. First they hear it and they're familiar with it, and then over time they learn what the meaning is. So here's a fun trick you can do. Play the audio and just count how many times do you hear it spoken? And that's it. 

For example let's say I go to this one. Practice makes perfect. I'm just going to listen and count. How many times can I hear practice makes perfect? 

Practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect. I believe practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect is an old idiom that means many hours of hard work is the best way to improve your skills. Notice the following. One. Actually, practice doesn't always make perfect. Two. Mom always says, "Practice makes perfect."

So there it was. It was six times that we heard it, and even just doing that, just listening to the sounds actually will really help you to remember the word long term and also improve your listening skills. So that's it. We have some free samples that you can download. I recommend you try this on your computer. It's a really good activity to do for listening training and vocabulary training and pronunciation training, and even speaking because once you learn these words you can use them in natural speech. That's it, so good luck and I hope this activity helps you.