This Unusual Technique Skyrockets Your English In No Time Ep 646

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How to Turbocharge Your British English Listening Skills - Don't Miss Out!

Is classroom learning killing your English skills? Could avoiding dictionaries actually improve your English? Today we talk about a path to rapid English skills enhancement, designed exclusively for YOU, the ambitious English language learner. No more textbooks, no more tedious vocabulary lists, no time wasted!

🎧 Dive into the immersive world of English, and emerge speaking like a pro! 💡 Experience the power of active listening with #ListenAndLearn. Tune in, focus, and watch your English skills flourish.

✅ Discover our unique benefits:

  • Explore the power of Active Listening 🎯 - Hear, comprehend, and grasp English like never before.
  • Repeat Listening 🔁 - Uncover hidden meanings with each listen, and watch your understanding grow!
  • Choose Topics that intrigue YOU 🌍 - Engage with content that keeps you hooked.
  • Transcripts and Subtitles 📄 - Your best buddies in learning, making every word count.
  • Shadowing Technique 👥 - Speak English just as you hear it, and marvel at your progress.
  • Variety of Accents 🌎 - From British to Australian, get familiar with global English accents.
  • Challenge your level ⬆️ - Tackle English that's just beyond your reach for ultimate improvement.

✔Lesson transcript:

Improve your language skills like never before with our #EnglishImmersion techniques. Picture yourself smashing through language barriers, leaving behind the mundane drills of yesteryears.

We present an immersive journey that redefines learning English - power-packed, engaging, and astonishingly effective. This isn't an extra tool - it's THE tool to unlock your potential. Take this leap now. The extraordinary world of English mastery awaits!

Change is the end result of all true learning.
⭐ Leo Buscaglia. A renowned author and motivational speaker.

Transform your English journey - embrace immersive learning techniques that will revolutionize your listening and comprehension skills. Become an active, engaged English speaker TODAY! 👍

More About This Lesson

Take your English language learning to the next level with our innovative British English listening lessons. It's a transformative approach to learning English, designed to break through language barriers and make the learning process engaging and remarkably effective.

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.
⭐ Brian Herbert. Brian Herbert, a notable science fiction author.

Things you will learn in today's English fluency lesson:

  1. Immersive techniques are the key to effective English learning.
  2. Active listening boosts your language comprehension.
  3. Re-listening content unveils new meanings.
  4. Your interests can guide your language learning journey.
  5. Transcripts and subtitles aren't just aids, they're learning boosters.
  6. Shadowing can revolutionize your English speaking skills.
  7. Diversity in accents builds comprehensive language skills.
  8. Learning material should always be a notch above your level.
  9. Noise-cancelling headphones can dramatically improve listening.
  10. Spaced repetition reinforces your learning.

Benefits of our listen & learn approach to learning

In this lesson, we utilize immersive language learning techniques that let you experience English in a natural and engaging way, similar to how you learned your first language. It's a complete departure from the traditional way of memorizing rules and lists. Instead, you'll:

  • Learn to think in English
  • Understand English without needing translations
  • Grasp the language from various contexts and accents
  • Fall in love with the language, which is when real progress happens!

Here are some common language learning issues our listen & learn approach helps you address:

  • Not Keeping Up: These lessons pace you, not race you, gradually making you accustomed to the nuances of English.
  • Making Mistakes: Mistakes are stepping stones to mastery. These lessons encourage you to make errors as part of learning.
  • Forgetfulness: Through repetition and real-life context, your memory retention is enhanced.
  • Not Sounding 'Natural': With focus on everyday speech patterns, your English will sound authentic and relatable.

Immersive language learning has been scientifically proven to enhance cognitive abilities and improve overall brain health. It has been shown that listening comprehension exercises can increase vocabulary acquisition by up to 20%. Furthermore, a report found that language learning in an immersive environment resulted in approximately nine months' more progress compared to traditional settings.

Remember, while immersion is an effective technique, it requires active engagement, consistent practice, and a willingness to learn from mistakes. It's not a magic bullet, but it can make the process more efficient and enjoyable.

Embrace the journey of learning English and join us in our immersive lessons! Unlock English fluency and elevate your English effortlessly. Click here to subscribe to our podcast and start your language mastery journey today!

Questions You Might Have...

Think of the listen & learn approach to learning English as your personal magic carpet, whisking you away on a thrilling journey across the vast landscapes of language. Each immersive technique is like a new city you encounter - a chance to engage with the vibrant bustle of native conversations, the colourful tapestry of idioms, the mesmerising architecture of grammar rules. And the more cities you visit, the more the complex map of English unfurls beneath you. Every ride, every discovery, makes you soar higher, makes you fly faster. This lesson isn't just about learning English - it's your passport to the enchanting world of linguistic exploration. Embrace it, and let your comprehension and listening skills take flight.

  1. What are immersive language learning techniques? Immersive language learning techniques involve surrounding yourself with the English language in various forms such as listening to podcasts, reading books, or watching English TV shows. It’s about making English a part of your everyday life.
  2. How can these techniques help me learn British English faster? By embracing these techniques, you are exposed to British English in different contexts, helping you understand varied accents, phrases and idioms. This broad exposure can significantly accelerate your learning process.
  3. How can listening improve my spoken English? Listening is a powerful tool for improving your spoken English. It helps you grasp the rhythm, accent, and intonation of British English, which directly impacts and improves your speaking abilities.
  4. Can these techniques help me if I'm a beginner in English? Absolutely! The techniques used in this lesson are designed to be effective for all learning levels. As a beginner, these techniques will allow you to build a strong foundation and progressively develop your skills.
  5. How can I overcome the fear of making mistakes while speaking English? Remember that making mistakes is a natural part of learning. The key is to embrace them as learning opportunities. With continuous practice and a positive mindset, you will see your English fluency improve.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Adept: Skilled or proficient at something.
  • Engaged: Busy; occupied or involved in an activity.
  • Gist: The main or general meaning of a piece of writing, a speech, or a conversation.
  • Intrigues: Arouses the curiosity or interest of; fascinates.
  • Cherrypick: Selectively choose (the most beneficial items) from what is available.
  • Anchor: Provide with a firm basis or foundation.
  • Shadowing: Follow and observe (someone) closely, especially in order to learn from them.
  • Lingua Franca: A language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.
  • Syllable: A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word.
  • Spaced Repetition: A learning technique that involves increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: This Unusual Technique Skyrockets Your English In No Time


Hi there. You may have believed that the only effective way to learn English was through conventional classroom teaching with textbooks, grammar, exercises, and vocabulary lists. But Adept English challenges you to reconsider that belief! The immersive learning techniques shared in this video may actually be better than traditional language learning methods - more effective. Immersive learning techniques, like listening to podcasts and watching videos, are not just ‘add-ons’ or ‘nice-to-haves’, but are PRIMARY tools for learning English. And by listening to this podcast, the ‘immersion technique’ is exactly what you’re doing. In this podcast, you’ll hear what the really important techniques are that will help you focus and maximise the time you spend listening to English content. And if you listen to the end, there’s some important bonus material to really make you think about your English learning methods.

So if you’re eager to master English, this video offers you three distinct advantages:

  • Firstly, it gives you effective, immersion-based techniques.
  • Secondly, it provides you with strategies to maximise your listening and comprehension skills.
  • And thirdly, it encourages you to take control of your learning by really making you think about how you do it.

Let’s get on with it!

Hello, I’m Hilary, and you’re listening to Adept English. We will help you to speak English fluently. All you have to do is listen. So start listening now and find out how it works.

1. Active Listening

Simply hearing English being spoken is different from actively listening to it. If you listen to material which is interesting in its own right, it will ‘hold your attention’. It’s easy when you’re listening for your mind to drift off, and then that listening time doesn’t count. So make you’re listening to a speaker whose voice you like, who talks about topics which are interesting to you. If you’re ‘engaged’ with the material that you listen to, that’s ENGAGED, it means that your brain is focused on it. You’re not thinking of other things you’re not ‘distracted’, DISTRACTED, ‘distracted’, as we say. When you actively listen, you focus your attention on the speaker's words, you try to understand their meaning, and your brain is making all sorts of connections to other things that you know - your own thoughts occur spontaneously to you, but you stay connected to the topic you’re listening to.

2. Repeat Listening

When you’re listening to English language material first time through, try to get the ‘general gist’, the ‘general meaning’. And that word? ‘Gist’, GIST. Notice which parts you don’t understand, but then you a second and third time and you may find your understanding grows. What was a mystery first time through, you can now understand. You catch more of what you didn’t understand each time you listen. Eventually you may be left with a few words that you don’t understand still and then you can look at the transcript or the subtitles and look them up. Make sure you listen again once you’ve understood the word. Continuing to listen, even though you’ve not understood everything - that’s a really good habit that prepares you for managing real-life English conversation, without panicking!

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3. Don’t ignore your interests

If you wouldn’t listen to a podcast on a particular topic in your own language, then don’t listen to it in English! Find something instead that intrigues you - that’s INTRIGUES - means you find it really interesting and a topic that you find yourself wanting to know more about. At Adept English, we vary the content. We don’t expect you to listen to every single podcast - but instead you can ‘cherry pick’ - that means choose to focus on the ones that really appeal to you, the podcasts that look interesting to you. That’s called ‘cherrypicking’. And if a podcast is not on a topic that interests you, then move on! There’s always another.

4. Make full use of those Transcripts and Subtitles!

Many audio and video materials come with transcripts or subtitles and they can be incredibly helpful when you're learning English. You can start by watching a podcast or listening to audio with the transcript or subtitles in front of you. Then you can try listening without them. Knowing how a new word is spelt can help you remember it - it will ‘anchor it more firmly’ in your mind. And you’re more likely to use that word yourself, if you’re fully confident about its meaning, how to pronounce it, but also how you would write it down. So make full use of transcripts and subtitles and it means that you can understand a slightly higher level. It does make it easier, so you can understand more challenging material that way.

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5. Shadowing

SHADOWING - so that comes from a verb, the name of this technique ‘to shadow’. If you walk along the street and the sun is out, then your ‘shadow’, SHADOW is what follows you! It’s the picture of you, on the ground as you walk! That’s your ‘shadow’. And ‘shadowing’ in language learning is surprisingly effective. It involves listening to a piece of English audio and then trying to repeat exactly what you hear - as though you’re its shadow. You try to match not only the words but the rhythm, intonation, and pronunciation of the speaker. ‘Shadowing’ can improve your listening and speaking skills at the same time. Try it! It’s one of those techniques which may really surprise you, just how effective it is! It’s good practice also for moving towards speaking English as well as understanding.

6. Listen to a Variety of Accents

That’s ACCENTS. English is spoken in many different accents worldwide. Familiarising yourself with different English accents for native speakers, such as American, British, Australian, South African - it can significantly improve your listening skills. And you'll be better equipped to understand English no matter who is speaking. Strangely, most people learning English actually find it easier to understand another non-native speaker of English, than they do an English native. So speaking with people who’re also learning English is actually very helpful. They’ll have an accent, of course but non-native speakers speak more slowly, especially when they’re learning and use more obvious vocabulary. So it’s great to practise with other people who are learning English and who will have their own particular accent. That’s using English as a ‘lingua franca’ - LINGUA FRANCA. That means ‘a language to communicate in, that isn’t first language for either speaker’. And that can be a really rewarding experience.

7. Listen to English that’s just above your level

One of the difficulties is finding English listening material that’s at the right level. Ideally you want to listen to material that’s just above where you are. That means that you can understand 70-80% on first listen, but you’re still learning something new. If it’s below 70%, it just means that it’s quite hard work and you might be less likely to stick at it. Adept English podcasts give you a little help with the more challenging words - which helps you understand a slightly higher level of English. Remember, improving your listening skills will take time and practice, but with dedication and patience, you will see results.

How about some ‘bonus material’?


Listening comprehension can indeed be influenced by various factors. Think about these tips and considerations.

Your listening environment:

When you first start learning a language, ensure that your listening environment is quiet and you can hear every word clearly. Background noise can limit your understanding. You may even want to find noise-canceling headphones. But once your English is improving, you can challenge perhaps yourself by listening with background noise. Can you still understand the language, when you’re not hearing every syllable? This can be a good test - and again it’s more like ‘real life’ - not perfect conditions.


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Type of Listening Equipment

Get good quality headphones that enhance the clarity of the audio. Ideally you’ll have bluetooth. This makes it much easier to do Rule 3 of the Seven Rules of Adept English - ‘using your dead time’, using the time when you’re doing other things to do your language learning. If you’ve got bluetooth, you’re less likely to get tangled up in wires!

Frequency of Listening:

Consistency is hugely important when you’re learning a language - you need to work your learning into your schedule. Find a time when you can regularly do your English listening. Try to do it daily. Regular exposure to English will help you become more familiar with the sounds and rhythms of the language and will help you retain new words and phrases. Make it like brushing your teeth, learning English as part of your normal schedule.

Listening Duration

‘Duration’, DURATION means ‘how long’, a noun meaning ‘how long’. Instead of trying to listen to English for hours at a stretch, but not doing it every day, it’s more effective to break your practice into 15-30 minute sessions. Perhaps twice a day, 30 minute session perhaps once a day. This helps maintain your focus and your consistency and it doesn’t give you ‘a mountain to climb’.

Take Advantage of Spaced Repetition

Just like any other form of learning, taking breaks is important when you’re learning English. Doing a bit of listening every day means that you’ve got the opportunity to do what’s called ‘Spaced Repetition’. It means you learn something and then just as you’re about to forget that new piece of learning, you listen to something again and you’re reminded of it again.

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This has the effect of more firmly fixing the new learning in your mind. You can do it several times - if you listen to the same podcast on subsequent days - it means that you’re hearing the same material again, just as you were about to forget it. The beneficial effects of ‘spaced repetition’ may not be something you’re consciously aware of, but your clever brain will be benefiting enormously from this technique.

Adjusting Speed

If you're listening to content online, you may have the option to adjust the speed of the audio or video. Slowing down the pace can be helpful when you're just starting to learn and speeding up the audio can be a good challenge for advanced learners.


And remember, everyone's learning style is unique, so do experiment and find what works best for you!

Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

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