What is the most important English skill? What skill must you have to communicate well?
Obviously, number 1 is Fluency. What is fluency? Fluency is the ability to speak (and understand) English quickly and easily... WITHOUT translation. Fluency means you can talk easily with native speakers-- they easily understand you, and you easily understand them. In fact, you speak and understand instantly.
Fluency is your most important English goal.
The research is clear-- there is only ONE way to get fluency. You do not get fluency by reading text-books. You do not get fluency by going to English schools. You do not get fluency by studying grammar rules.

Listening Is The Key.

To get English fluency, you must have a lot of understandable repetitive listening. That is the ONLY way. To be a FANTASTIC English speaker, you must learn English with your ears, not with your eyes. In other words, you must listen. Your ears are the key to excellent speaking.
What kind of listening is best? Well, it must be understandable and must be repetitive. Both of those words are important-- Understandable and Repetitive.
If you don't understand, you learn nothing. You will not improve. That's why listening to English TV does not help you. You don't understand most of it. It is too difficult. It is too fast.
Its obvious right? If you do not understand, you will not improve. So, the best listening material is EASY. That’s right, you should listen mostly to easy English. Most students listen to English that is much too difficult. They don’t understand enough, and so they learn slowly. Listen to easier English, and your speaking will improve faster!

By A.J. Hogue

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Comment by Sono on June 26, 2014 at 16:56

Hopeful blog for all learners. In my opinion, every learners have their own learning style or criteria. But one thing is that, learning with steady or conscious.

Comment by Mr. Bob on June 26, 2014 at 6:33

I met a few people overseas who learned English mostly from movies or television comedy shows. The important part about their studying was that these were recorded programs that they listened to repeatedly until they understood everything (understandable and repeatable). The guy who was best at this sounded American to me and was pretty fluent. I worked with him to prepare for some high level language testing.

He told me that he would buy or download a movie or program and listen to the entire thing once. The next time he listened to it he would pause and replay any parts he didn't understand and try to repeat word for word what the actors said.  He would then try to memorize the dialogue from each scene and repeat it before watching the scene to see how close he came.

He copied the inflection and rhythm of the actors and got pretty good at mimicking some of them. His usual study with a movie involved six repetitions over a few days until he had mastered the material. Then he would move to another movie.  I believe he began with some shorter situation comedies before trying the full length movies.

So what you are saying is correct as to the importance of understanding and repeatability. There is a way to do this with television programs, but it is best to use things that are not too difficult.

Comment by Mohammad on June 26, 2014 at 5:34

The meaning of "EASY" is different for each level of English knowledge, it is not determinate. It is up to the person who wanna learn.

It's useful blog ,thanks     

Comment by Expector Smith on June 26, 2014 at 0:21

Some people think you should keep the TV (BBC or CNN) in the background - creating an English-speaking environment, which may be helpful.

Comment by Expector Smith on June 26, 2014 at 0:03

You really have a point there - thanks for sharing.

Comment by Daniel on June 25, 2014 at 20:37

My compliments for these high recommended tips.

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