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How to... listen to English

THIS MONTH, HOW TO... LISTEN TO ENGLISH.

Listening to English is difficult. There might be noise, you might be tired, the other person might not be speaking clearly... there are a thousand things that could influence the way you listen. It isn’t a precise science, and it never will be. But the good news is that you don’t need to understand every word in order to follow things. Experts have shown that we only actually hear/understand about 40% of the words during a conversation – our brain fills in the rest for us. Take this as an example. Imagine you’re in the street. All of a sudden, someone stops you and starts to say something to you. At the same time they pull back their sleeve and point to their wrist. Without even listening to the words, your brain tells you that they’re asking you for the time.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (189) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to end a presentation. Find out how to end a speech effectively, and read our top tips on how to really make an impression with your ending! Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about vegetables, 10 useful expressions for the phone, 6 useful expressions for talking about problems, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • The internet – funny YouTube videos. • Education – how to learn on your own. • Grammar – modal verbs. • Art – abstract art. • Publicity – classified ads. • Celebrities – Matt Damon & Morgan Freeman. • History – South Africa & Nelson Mandela. • Travel – South Africa. • Fashion – street style. • Hollywood – Clint Eastwood. • Technology – technophobia. • Learning English – how to listen to English. • Food – French toast. • Accents – the southern US accent. • Work – office crime. • Culture – pubs. • Language – similes. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!