Whys & Wherefores
No wonder it-'s such a chore! Interact with more people. If you want to get good at listening, you have to ask questions. And this way you have...
Sir, how can one improve one's listening skill? --Ms.Archana, Asst. Professor (English), JPN College of Engineering, Mahabubnagar Listening is an important language skill. Try to know why it is difficult. If your listening skill is not up to the mark, don't worry. It seems like the easiest skill, but it can be very taxing. The way you're taught English in most of the educational institutions is practically the opposite of how native speakers actually speak.
No wonder it's such a chore! Interact with more people. If you want to get good at listening, you have to ask questions. And this way you have control of the conversation! Watch TV, movies, podcasts, and everything in between. So while talking and listening proactively is best, passive learning is good, too.
Have an English exchange. If you have a friend who speaks English that is trying to learn a language you speak, start an English exchange! Half the time you speak your language and the other half you speak English. And you get to spend time drinking coffee and relaxing, too! Listen to English music.
Even just learning a song a day can widen your vocabulary extensively. And it's fun and energizing, too. You can grow your musical repertoire, learn new words, and expand your knowledge without even realizing it. And then you can go hit the karaoke bar!