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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart, Nelson Mandela.

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did, Sarah Caldwell.

English is the official universal language. It is, by far, the language of international trade, finance, diplomacy, etc. It is used not only in English spoken countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and The United Kingdom but worldwide. One of the basic strategies to significantly increase your English language competence is to listen as much as possible.

What could you listen to? As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Listen, listen, and then again listen as much as possible. Listening is a prerequisite for learning. When you can listen and understand, your listening skill actually spills over into the other skills, you will improve your pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.

Here are some apps and websites you may find useful for improving your English listening skills.

You can start listening to a podcast with your browser (Spotify, TuneIn, or SoundCloud) or use a Podcast app, such as Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Player FM.

Video streaming services and video sharing sites: NetFlix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, veoh, Vimeo, Metacafe, imgur, and Dailymotion. You may want to watch some popular sitcoms, such as The Big Bang Theory (it has become not just one of the most successful comedies in television history, but a cultural phenomenon), Friends, South Park, The Simpsons, The IT Crowd, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, etc.

You may also want to watch free-to-air channels at Astra 19.2°E, Eutelsat Hot Bird 13ºE, etc. For further information visit European Satellite Zapping & Directory. That’s English is a free Spanish TV series for learning English.

Some Language Exchange sites are: MyLanguageExchange.com, ConversationExchange.com, Polyglot Club, Penpal World and Interpals.

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