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Listening Challenge 1

Understand native English speakers more easily!

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30 days of lessons

Get an audio lesson and a transcript every day and do mini dictations to improve your listening skills.

Make fast progress!

At first this challenge is difficult, but after 30 days, you will notice a huge improvement in your understanding.

Listening techniques

Learn a new study technique that you can continue to use after the challenge is over.

'I can understand my textbooks and my teacher, but I don't understand real English'

Would you like to understand fast, native English in conversations and series and films?

I think there are two reasons why we don't understand native spoken English.

  1. We don't know enough vocabulary.
  2. We haven't practised listening enough.

In this challenge, we are going to fix number 2. It's really possible to make very fast progress in listening if you practise every day.

We'll do two things - mini dictations (this what really gives you fast progress) and lots of incidental listening as you go about your day.

What our students say:

Semih from Turkey

Normally I stopped watching series with my own language. But last few months I have been watching movies for five months with English subtitles. But after the course, I don't feel to check what's written in the subtitles. Because during the series I can catch 50% of talking.

Saqib from Pakistan

It is really a well planned course. Apart from listening, it also improved my speaking and writing. Seonaid and Robert are both very good human beings. They both seem humble and straightforward. Insha'Allah I will get good result in exam. This is really a good course and it has helped me a lot. Thank you Seonaid.

Jan from The Netherlands

I do like the systematic behind this training course, to listen to British English conversations on a daily basis. I found it interesting that a variety of topics were discussed which were understandable, and above all recognizable.

In this challenge, you will learn to:

  • Separate the words so that you can hear what the person said, instead of one long noise.
  • Get comfortable with the way that English speakers use different pronunciation (shorter words and dropped syllables and sometimes completely different sounds) when they're speaking quickly.
  • Understand the slang and different expressions that English speakers use in everyday speech.
  • Understand the extra noises and sounds English speakers use when they're talking (uhh, um, er, hmmm). These words are taken out of the audio in textbooks and on the radio, but we use them all the time!

What our students say:

Jaco from The Netherlands

I liked the different topics. They were very interesting and because of that, it was nice to listen to the conversations. I also learned to listen very carefully.

Olga from Russia

It was my first Listening Course and I absolutely loved it. It kind of "moved" me in the right direction and I started listening more and more. Utterly fascinating!

Daniele from Italy

I had a great conversation in English with a native speaker. Moreover, I feel like I have improved my pronunciation.

How the challenges work:

  • Every day for 30 days, you'll get one new lesson.
  • Each lesson has a real, natural conversation with a native English speaker. The conversations are fast and full of examples of the kind of pronunciation that many students don't understand. I'll help you to understand them!
  • The lessons include audio with full transcripts and video explanations and notes from me.
  • For each lesson there's a mini dictation (this is the part that really, really helps). I'll explain everything about the best technique for this.

What our students say:

Mario from Colombia

Yes, this course is great! In the last few days I've realized that I've more confidence and fluency in my English and I'm very happy about that.

Hubavina from Bulgaria

Listening and pronunciation are very difficult for me. This course is useful for me. You explain very well all the important things in the course and I like that. After this course, my English is better and I improve my understanding with comprehension and it is important for me. Thanks.

Eloise from Spain

I met one of my English friends for a coffee and she noticed that I had improved my fluency which she didn't expect after 3 months of 'Only Spanish speaking confinement'.

Hi, I'm Seonaid, your teacher

And together with the Perfect English Grammar team, I've helped tens of millions of students improve their grammar.

I'm a British native speaker of English. I have a Master's degree (MPhil) from Cambridge University in English and Linguistics and I've been teaching English for many years.

Languages are wonderful! I love teaching and I love thinking about languages and how we can learn them really well. I'm here to help you use the best techniques to improve your vocabulary and achieve your English goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

The challenge starts whenever you like. We recommend that you spend 30 days per challenge.

No, the videos are already recorded for you, so you can watch them whenever you like.

You can keep the challenge forever and study it whenever you like. It doesn't matter if you don't finish in thirty days - you can do it later.

You'll need about twenty minutes, though the first few days of the listening challenges might take a bit longer!

We have thousands of happy students! But if you do decide that the challenge isn't what you need, we offer a full 30-day guarantee. Just send us an email and we'll give you your money back.

The free website has written explanations and some exercises. This is a full online course, which is carefully organised and goes into a lot more detail. We will also answer your questions and you can get a certificate when you finish the course.

Yes! You are very welcome to use this material in your classroom or with your private students. Everything can be printed and photocopied.

The listening challenge is available as port of our membership

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