choose audio books that are easy. You may need to start with children’s story books. That’s ok, you know. Enjoy them, it’s more fun than a text book. I guarantee even listening to a story book is more interesting and more fun than some boring text book. As you get better, when your level is higher, you can listen to audio books for young adults or for older children.
And you just keep listening, listening, and when it’s too easy then you choose something a little more difficult and you listen, listen, listen more, a little more difficult, a little more difficult. Eventually, when you are advanced, you can listen to CNN or the BBC or American movies, British movies, Australian movies, etc. But that’s at an advanced level. In the beginning start with easy stuff.
So you’re always choosing these real things: audio books, podcasts, movies, TV shows (they can be children’s TV shows, that’s ok). Not text books and not text books CDs. This is so important, because when you listen to real English materials, you get real spoken English. Text books don’t teach you real English, they teach you formal English. They teach you written English, in fact.
The vocabulary in text books, the grammar, the style, it’s all for writing. Even though you’re listening to these conversations they’re not normal conversations. But when you listen to real materials (audio books, conversations podcasts, anything that is real) that’s the real English we use, Americans, Canadians, British, Australian, that’s how we really speak. Those are the words we use in normal conversations. That’s the pronunciation we use.
So, real English materials only, not text book CDs, OK? It’s again a very simple, easy rule. And now we have the Internet, it’s so easy to find these real materials. Just do a Google search. And if you keep getting my e-mails, you’ll actually get more suggestions from me. I’ll tell you how to find podcasts, how to find easy listening.
OK. So that’s rule number 6. I hope you enjoyed it. Tomorrow rule nuber 7, our last rule. Alright, I’ll see you tomorrow. Have a great day. Bye-bye.