I came across this sentence while watching a video on YouTube.

They learn to read and write the formal English of textbooks, but get very little training listening to - and speaking - causal, conversational, spoken English.
Source: Get Fluent With 1 Trick - Become A Confident English Speaker With This Simple Practice Trick
(By EnglishAnyone on YouTube; emphasis added)

What puzzles me here is what sort of connection exists between "get very little training " and "listening". Is there a meaning as in " ...get very little training in listening to..."?


If you listen to the way he says it (and the emphasis he uses) it is saying that English learners don't get the experience of listening to spoken English. Personally, I wouldn't use training, rather experience because experience sounds like you are learning at your own pace, and training sounds like a routine.

I can see why you're confused, and you are correct: you can say get very little training in listening to...

  • So what he did in the sentence by not adding "in", should be considered as incorrect ,right? – Cihangir Çam Nov 30 '15 at 9:25
  • No. You can say both. – Riley Francisco Nov 30 '15 at 10:31

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