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Colloquial English listening comprehension [closed]

I'm trying to improve my listening comprehension especially with those colloquial/slang style every day English, please lend me a ear on these tricky parts. And so, it's a CustomerModel and we'll ...
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Suggestions to follow while tutoring online a French student who wants to improve his speaking listening skills in English? [closed]

I'll be tutoring online a french student who I think has at least an advanced intermediate level in all parts of English, and wants to improve his speaking and listening skills, specially following ...
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I can't distinguish words while listening to someone

I can't know that how can I explain. When listening to English speaking people I cannot understand some words. It's like they roll in their mouths. There are times when I cannot understand a sentence ...
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How to ask people to speak slowly so they really speak slowly?

I'm learning English for many years, and I use English at work. Some clients I cannot understand. I ask them to speak slowly. They do, but then they speak quickly again. My bigger problem is talking ...
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Please help me with my dictation. He's British

very short, only voice, British I'm hearing... A: doing that blah blah 45? B: that's plenty of time I'm watching a British cooking show program Situation is, there's three people in a team and one ...
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Buoyancy Control Device. Is it about depth or distance?

Had a kind of tricky listening task with multiple choice. Here it is: A buoyancy control device helps the diver to … 1) control distance and depth. 2) fight decompression sickness. 3) regulate the air ...
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How to improve English listening at high level?

I am an international student in UK, and I did get a quite high mark on IELTS listening, about 8 to 9. And I can easily understand what the professors say in the lecture, partly because I have a quite ...
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I'm doing dictation I want to know what they are saying

Birds of Prey interview in this video at 0:21, what is he saying? To me, it sounds like "It's so _______ awful" and at 2:15 Is she saying "she will? would? just bash it"? and I really don't know ...
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What is said exactly in the video?

I watched a funny video Mufasa x Hypeman spreading good vibes around the world- Bag Raiders- Shooting Stars but I couldn't understand what exactly was said in the 3-rd sentence (2-d second of the ...
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Listening comprehension at proficient levels of English

Trying to improve my English from C1 to C2, I came across this Stanford's lecture (link). The matter is, I understand circa 80% of the professor's speech. Is such percentage OK for an Advanced user? ...
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It sounds like “are” is eaten in “you're”, is this a common accent or my mis listening?

I am not a native English speaker, so I have some difficulties on catching some pronunciation in spoken English. This guy is lecturing (https://youtu.be/_nRtCVJIToA?t=251) You had an idea, you had ...
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Is “leap forward” correct here

I try to listen to the video here, but I can't figure out some phrases: 0:50-0:51 leap forward? 1:04-1:05 I xx stoping, what is xx? https://www.zaobao.com.sg/znews/singapore/story20200201-1025296
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How to find out what people say when you cannot make out the words?

Are there some online resources to help with understanding the audio when transcript is not available? For example, here the host replies: 'Yeah, you might get caught ...... people', and I cannot ...
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Listening: Though today I have to live OR leave

Here's the music video on YouTube: Dan Byrd - Sayonara Means Goodbye, specifically at :33. And here's the lyrics I found on LyricsFreak: Sayonara means goodbye Sayonara one more cry Though ...
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help to listen what he is saying “of the order of n” or “on the order of n”?

i am confused about the discussion on this hot post. it seems that most people believe that the professor is saying "on the order of n". the title of the question had been forced to that though, ...
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Please help me to clarify a sentence on Ted talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4Yvq-g7_Y At 14:04, he said that: "There are so great features on phone let us lemonade eliminate a lot of time" Can anyone help me to declare what's his mean? "...
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Confusing between “As” and “Is”

I came across that sentence while watching martin mystery --link of the episode below-- " if you think I am so naive is to be fooled by another one of your tricks!" At first I was going to ask about ...
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What is this woman saying? [closed]

I cannot get what she says in the audio track: http://s9.picofile.com/d/8351599092/2f362c97-d44d-4aa7-acfb-f1503cbb7d9c/Untitled_01.m4a How can I understand such a quick speaking, in general?
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What is she saying?

I cannot get what she is saying in the middle part of her talk. Here is the link to the audio file: http://s8.picofile.com/d/8351258634/321d06a3-70a1-45d6-833c-79c5a9efcdcc/clip.m4a
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What is he saying in this video 1:25-1:35

I am watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZjzFC0jzU he is saying " I bought all of my friendship Oli last night and I still have money in the bank" when I check definition of Oli Oli is a sweet ...
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What he said in this video (2:30-3:00)

BBC Radio Liam Gallagher: Liam - Another thing that toss me annoying, when people go, comes out for a beer, no no no I am trying to be good and they say - just come for one. What is the point ...
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What did he say in this video ( 1:45- 1:55)

He said " It's perfect, we have so many people wanna to get on rage with you. In a play of you two if you just put your headphones." I am not 100% he is saying the last words IN a play of you too ? ...
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What is he saying in this video ( time frame 18-22 sec)?

I am watching Liam Gallagher and I am trying to translate all he's sayinng but I am not too sure what is he saying in the 18-22second I think he is saying " Should I tell you what get on my thinkings?...
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I'm fluent in English, but I can't understand names of people and places

Ok, this is a tough one to put into words, so bear with me for a moment please. It is actually the first time I'm writing this down, and it is very difficult to explain. Long story short, I've been ...
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Can you hear the difference between “immeasurable” and “measurable”?

sound track There are several "man is immeasurable" and "man is measurable" in this sound track. But I can only hear out "man is measurable". I want to know it is an ear problem or it is a listening ...
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Listening comprehension

What is he saying here? (1:10) In a sense in self-clarification Or innocence of self-clarification?
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How to improve listening/speaking if learned mostly by reading/writing? [closed]

My first language is Spanish and I learned English mostly by reading/writing in academics and professional context but few listening and speaking practice. I got a job abroad and after 2 months I ...
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“In a fact“ or ”In the fact"?

sound track I'm practicing this listening stuff. It seems to be "in a fact" or "in the fact" at the beginning of the sentence. I'm not sure. I searched both. They're all not so common.
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listening comprehension - I didn't think what?

I'm doing some listening practice. I hear the sentence to be "I didn't think quill could ...", and I don't understand. Could you help me listen to it? https://soundcloud.com/xi-zhang-819295156/i-...
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What does Conan O'Brien say at 1:28 in this clip of the Conan show

At 1:28 in this clip of the Conan show, Conan O'Brien says something I can't understand. I believe listening comprehension is a crucial part of learning the English language, but I'm just not picking ...
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Is this a trick? Or too difficult?

I am now practicing a TOEFL listening section with a textbook. Now, given such a kind of information like below, Well, I'm a member of the drama club and we are going to on tour two weeks from now....
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“stray shower” mean

I heard this on a radio forecast: ....could see a stray shower. If I heard it correctly, what does a stray shower truly mean? Appreciate if someone can describe what a stray shower or ...
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Could you help me listen to what this guy is saying?

I linked the video starts at 30secs I've found the script of this episode. The script says "It's amazing. I mean, I really, really, seriously appreciate that." That's what Louis says to Mike. ...
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Do American people pronounce “mutter” like “mudder”?

I heard "muttering" when I was practicing my listening. I couldn't figure it out even I knew the meaning in the sentence. It sounded like "muddering". I searched "muder" in search engine, it gave me "...
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Do native speakers pronounce “found the remark” without the “the”?

Haley found the remark disrespectful and felt she couldn't keep quiet, the sources said. I heard someone read this, and I can hardly hear "the" between "found" and "remark".
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What Did The Actor Say Here?

At 2:57 into the movie clip, the actor says this line: You want me to ________________________ see if I got a hacky sack for you to throw and do absolutely nothing with? I can't figure out what he ...
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What is the reporter saying at 5:42?

At 5:42 of the following video http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/rambunctious-devoted-meet-philadelphia-eagles-fans-52810084 What is the reporter saying? Is she saying like "do you think cold-...
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Word sounding like “you-know-a-theme” and meaning something like “prudence”

This is probably best suited to the dedicated chatroom, but unfortunately I don’t have enough rep to enter it. There’s a word that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The word ...
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How to distinguish liaisons correctly?

1) …, so he tried to find a qualified pilot to guide him. The "d" sound in "tried" is dropped so if there was no context provided, It might be perceived to be, He try to find a qualified pilot ...
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Word pronounced “fund-ries” in Australian English

This is probably best suited to the dedicated chatroom, but unfortunately I don’t have enough rep to enter it. There’s a word that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The word ...
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Words pronounced “subtle or gemene messed-up” in Australian English

There’s a short passage that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The passage starts at 6:30, and the URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJX123tIwA#t=6m25s Here is my ...
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A burglar or two?

In this audio file, at 1:20, shouldn't it be two burglars? Source: The ILI English Series, Intermediate 1, Student's Book, page 45 The reporter starts with: This is a story about a burglar who ...
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Learn to comprehend distorted voices

My English is something LinkedIn calls "Professional Working Proficiency". I was able to read and understand about any book I've came across, I write English daily and I usually have no issues talking ...
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What is this word? Why is it difficult for me to identify?

I couldn't identify the last word "... it can be very_____", the guy says in this audio file? Here's the link. From the OP's comment: They are talking about Food Testers and here it goes "the thing ...
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Listening problem : Help me identify the the exact words in this youtube video at time 1:24 [closed]

Help me recognize what is being said in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RVGdA9AhrY At time 1:24 of the video, I can't quite figure out the exact words that are being said......
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What do you doing?

Recently, I've listened to a simple conversation for kids. In the tapescripts, it's what are you doing?, but i've heard that the boy said what do you doing? .Although I've adjusted the speed, I still ...
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Listening comprehension: a fighter anime [closed]

& Hello, friends! (Not "fiends," mind you.) I'm struggling to understand the first 30 seconds of this anime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGBVXLfmm8&t=10s Could anyone please listen to ...
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Please, Help me understand one phrase he says

I'm watching Tony Robbins video and there's a phrase I can't understand in the whole video. Can anyone help me out? Here's the link https://youtu.be/kVKZSatIEng?t=35m55s He says "If you gonna master ...
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What does “deadly” mean in the phrase “deadly secrets”?

In this audio file, at 0:55, what does deadly mean? Causing or likely to cause death Complete The textbook says 1, but I think 2 is correct. Source: The ILI English Series, Intermediate 1, Student'...
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Does the professor say “under the six” or anything else?

At 31:50 in the video, the professor said "It is under the six. It is absolutely impractical." And later at 31:54 he told a joke where he also mentioned "under the six". But I have searched the google ...