How to listen to English the right way

This is a new post in the Listening Series. See previous posts here:

Last time, I was talking about the fact that listening is a very different skill from reading, in particular, that the spoken flow is very different from the written text. First of all, it doesn’t have pauses between the words which we see in the text. However, the speech is also not one continual line of sounds. It is divided into so-called ‘tone units’ (or ‘thought groups’) containing one unit of information. One tone unit  sounds like one word (kinda). Inside it, there are no pauses between words and the words are stressed hierarchically, and this is what I am will be talking about today: how words connect together in speaking and how to learn to hear what is said.

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10 Is grammar important? Interview with Matt Purland

This is a new episode of ‘Find Your English Voice’ podcast. Today we are talking about grammar with Matt Purland, an experienced English teacher with over fourteen years of experience teaching English full-time, in the UK and abroad. Matt has written and published 24 books and thousands of printable worksheets for teaching and learning English. His most popular course book is Big Grammar Book, which has been downloaded for free millions of times, and has been the number one most recommended resource on the Guardian Teacher’s Network for many months. You can find out more about him at, also follow him on Twitter @purlandtraining.

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Found on the web: best advice on improving your listening skills

I have created a small collection of online resources to help you improve your listening skills. Communication starts with understanding. Learners often complain that they feel frustrated if they can’t be sure they can understand people they talk to or videos or films they want to watch.

Also, great listening skills help us develop our vocabulary and general English knowledge. It’s really really important to be a good listener. Can you say you are good at listening?

This post will present you the best advice from English teachers on how to listen and understand English better.

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09 What does it mean to be fluent? Interview with Jack Askew

Today I am talking to Jack Askew from Jack was very kind to answer my questions about the concept of fluency and how it works for Intermediate English learners. He has a course which helps achieve fluency in English. Visit Jack’s website ( to download his ebook and more information on the course we discuss in the episode.

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Why online classes are great: italki teachers share their experience

Teaching a language is people helping people talk to other people.

Derek DeWitt, Akcent IH Prague, Czech Republic

This article was born from a simple idea to keep track on the impressive geography of my online language teachers on italki website. I enjoy learning languages, not just teaching them. Getting access to native speakers and great professionals online have brought a lot of value to my learning.

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