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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS!

TRACK 14: ENGLISHMAN & SCOTSWOMAN

Listening is the key to communication. And active listening is an essential skill to master. Active listening involves listening really carefully, then asking questions to ensure you’ve understood everything. It means using your eyes and ears to find out what the other person wants to say – observing their body language and listening to the words they use and how they say them. The final objective is to find out exactly what they want to communicate. At work, active listening can lead to fewer mistakes and less wasted time. At home, it can help build relationships and even save you money. Here are our top tips on how to listen actively.

1 LISTEN!

The most important thing about active listening is to... listen. Stop thinking about what you want to say and concentrate on the other person. If you get distracted, force yourself to focus again.

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The latest issue of Hot English (179 – the April issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to improve your listening skills! Learn how to listen more effectively. This will help you at work and with your personal relations, as well as improving your ability to listen in English. Plus, 12 useful words to describe lunchtime food, 10 useful past tense verbs, 8 words to use at the amusement park, 10 important words for describing the “economy”, “embarrassing” idioms... plus: • Quiz – what’s your workplace personality? • Food – lunchtime! • Mystery – ghost towns • Health – the benefits of yoga • Language – how to paraphrase • Politics – things that got banned • Workplace humour – naughty employees • Medicine – are you eating too much salt? • Cinema – Young Frankenstein • Cuisine – Eggs Benedict • Humour – April Fool’s Day jokes • Crime – stupid criminals • Music – ABBA and Elvis Presley • Nature – cute animals that bite • History – conscientious objectors • Terror – The Golden Hand 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 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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