About meWho's Cara Leopold? And what's Leo Listening?
What’s Leo Listening about?
Leo Listening is all about learning how to listen, making listening to fluent speakers less scary and getting you ready to listen in the real world. In conversations. That’s where the real listening is at.
If you want to stop smiling and nodding in conversations and start understanding. If you want to stop translating into your language while listening and find more effective strategies, then you’re in the right place.
You’ve probably learnt most of your English through the written word. Maybe you’re even a big literature fan and feel more comfortable reading in English than trying to understand fluent speakers in conversations. Or watch a film without subtitles. Or deal with all the different accents in the English-speaking world.
How can you learn to listen? Let me share a little bit about my experiences of listening to both myself and a foreign language first.
Listening to your inner voice
Have you ever learned to listen? Not just so you can understand another language. But to yourself? To what you really want?
I’ve done both. After university, I did just that and decided to follow my dreams and move to France.
9 years later, I’m still here and I’m so glad I made the move. Plus I can understand spoken French perfectly. It’s probably my strongest language skill!
What does that have to do with English teaching you say?
Learning Listening Together
So, what can you do to get started on your listening journey? I’d love to help guide you. A great starting place is with my free e-guide, Understand Conversational English. After you download it, I’ll add you to the Leo Listening list. You’ll join fellow Leo Listeners across the world who receive my bi-monthly listening tip articles and videos, plus my bi-monthly podcast episodes complete with the full transcript.