While you are listening to the text you won't understand every word, and you don't need to. That's a fact! But it is important to know which words you need to understand so that you can complete the tasks.
  • You don't have to understand every word. Don't panic if you don't understand everything!
  • The first time you listen, just listen for the general idea or gist.
  • The important, key words or ideas will be stressed. They are usually said louder and slower than other words.
  • The words that are not stressed are not usually as important as the words that are stressed.
  • In general, listen for the important, key words. Even native speakers don't listen to every word!
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It's true! You don't have to understand every word to understand the meaning.  Tell us about when you did well in an exam but didn't understand every word.