How to Improve Your English Skills With Audiobooks

As you know, the first and main thing that needs to be done to improve the ability to perceive foreign speech is to listen to this speech.

Regularly and as often as possible, using all possible sources.

Nowadays, one such resource quite accessible to any computer user is audiobooks, which are becoming more popular.

Listening to books in a foreign language is really useful, because at the same time you get used to the sound of speech with the correct pronunciation, and replenish your vocabulary.

What books are better to choose for those who not so long ago study English (or another) language and want to improve listening skills?

Do not immediately rush to extremes and upload to the player the works of Oscar Wilde or Virginia Woolf.

Instead, start with something simpler – with fairy tales.

The simple vocabulary and a straightforward plot will help you tune into English, learn to perceive it not as a continuous mishmash of incomprehensible sounds, but as a cohesive chain of words following each other.

For English learners, I would recommend fairy tales such as Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter would do.

For the same purpose – to get comfortable in an unfamiliar speech – you can listen to various “tabloid novels”, such as “Sex and the City.”

Fiction is characterized by an abundance of dialogue, a simple structure of phrases and, again, a simple set of words.

At the next stage, when you easily understand the general meaning of simple texts when listening to them, you can take more complex audiobooks.

But there is one trick here: why not listen to in English what you have ever read in your own language?

Knowledge of the plot will be a kind of “lifesaver” if foreign vocabulary turns out to be unfamiliar. Here the choice of books depends on your preferences, whether it be Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen novels or something else.

Generally speaking, learning to hear foreign speech in audiobooks is not so difficult. After all, the text is voiced in a pleasant voice with perfect pronunciation, and the reading speed is usually quite acceptable for perception.

A much bigger problem could be keeping attention on the sounding text.

Therefore, it is recommended to listen to audiobooks in small passages (15-20 minutes each, after which it is worth taking a break), at a volume sufficient for you (such that you can easily hear the narrator).

And, of course, the plot of the book should be interesting to the listener – only then your attention will be concentrated on listening and the use of audiobooks will become most effective for learning the language.

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