About me

Who's Cara Leopold? And what's Leo Listening?

When I was learning French at university in the UK, my approach to listening was:

– practice makes perfect (I mean, what else can you do right?)

I used to

  • rent out cassettes of French films (remember them?) from the library and watch them at home
  • watch them with subtitles
  • feel frustrated at needing the subtitles
  • want to give up

I solved my French listening problems by moving to France – I left the UK for France in 2007 and haven’t looked back. 

But you don’t need 10 years to understand what you watch in English without the subtitles.

Cara Leopold is a great teacher whose focus is to help students improve their listening skills by using authentic resources ( with “real” English, that is, materials that weren’t designed to be used in an EFL classroom)

Cecilia Nobre

English Teacher , Cecília Personal English

Before I met you, I felt guilty or even stupid when I watched movies. I really couldn’t imagine that I could improve my listening skills – until I tried your exercises. your course helped me change my mindset: I no longer beat myself up for not understanding.

Veronika Palovska

Copy writing and Branding Coach for Teachers , Do you Speak Freedom?

The problem is, the way we teach listening skills (and I include my past self here) is crap.

I’ve spent the last year and a half figuring out how to teach listening. So that you can understand the films and TV shows you want to watch, subtitle free.

Just listening (like I used to do) is not enough. Watching films without subtitles to try to improve is making you frustrated. Because you switch them back on and then feel bad about it. Or you spend so much time rewinding and re-listening to parts of films, you need 3 hours to watch one.

Your English is great. What you need are the right activities to improve your skills so you can finally break your subtitle habit.

You know lots of words in the written form. Because you read tons of blogs and novels in English. But you don’t know how they sound.

And even when you think you know how they sound, words are weird in fast, connected speech. They change in ways you might not expect.

Plus in movie and TV dialogue some actors are just mumbly. And some references are pretty damn obscure.

Time to stop beating yourself up and start understanding.

I began for the first time to better understand spoken “real” English


Medical Professional , Read Jaume's full story of how he dictated his listening success

It’s a new way of learning, but it’s new way of learning a new language. It’s a new world because it’s a world of the ears.

Martine Vigan

Dermatologist, current online student

Want to finally get subtitle free? Join my programme, Freedom from Subtitles. Work for 4 weeks with me so you can watch your favourite show without the subtitles.