Listening exams can be quite scary. Will you understand what you have to do? Will you understand what the speakers say? Will you have time to write down your answers? This section will help you to prepare for all sorts of listening exams.
I don't understand an important word!
- If you hear a word that you don't understand, but you think it's important, think about the context. Does it sound like another word that makes sense in that context?
- Don't think about the word for too long. Continue listening to the rest of the text.
- It's important to continue listening to the rest of the text so that you don't miss any more important information.
- Sometimes key words or ideas are repeated later in the audio, so listen out for the word or idea again.
- Sometimes you might hear a word you know, but you don't recognise the pronunciation. Use the context to help you work out the word and remember that when people speak quickly they often use weak sounds, or drop sounds from a word.
- Don't stop listening! If you don't understand part of the listening, don't panic! Continue listening to the next part.This is a very important skill when listening. Learn to move on and continue listening!