Of all the major skills of language, listening skills require the most focus. This is because if you don’t focus on what you’re listening to, you may miss the core “message” that is being communicated.
We created this test for you to actually practice listening. Pear is speaking in normal speed in this video so it helps you learn how native speakers talk. Also one of the coolest things about listening is that it helps with your speaking skills. The more you listen, the more you’ll find that the right things “pop into your head” when you need them.
In this video, we give you ten sentences to listen to and you have 10 seconds in between each sentences, but feel free to pause the clip and take your time to write what you hear and the meaning.
This video can also be used to practice listening, you can do the following steps:
Step 1: Listen to a sentence and write what you hear. This video is ideal because you can skip back 5 seconds which makes it easy to listen to the sentence several times.
Quick tips for listening with YouTube videos:
- Press the spacebar to play and pause.
- Press the back arrow key to skip back 5 seconds.
Step 2: Did you understand everything? If yes, repeat step one with a new sentence. If no, look up the part you didn’t understand on the transcript/subtitles and identify the problem that stopped you from understanding.
Are there words or grammar you’re not familiar with? If yes, take a moment to look up the meaning of the word or investigate the grammar. If you think you’ll come across these words/grammar points a lot in future, make an effort to learn them so that you’ll understand them next time.
Listen carefully to the part that caused you trouble and repeat a few times. In what way are the sounds different from how you expected? Keep these differences in mind so you’ll be more likely to understand when you hear them next time.
Alright! If you are ready to take the test, we want you to comment below with your score out of ten. Let’s get started! 🙂