Understand fast-talking native English speakers, doing what you love
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“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher
Hi! I’m Cara. I help adventurous expats and intrepid travellers improve their English listening skills so they can better connect with native speakers.
Living and working in another language is great fun. I should know – I’m a Brit who’s been in France since 2007.
But if you can’t understand what fast-talking native English speakers are saying, then you’re going to have trouble fitting in.
The good thing is, when you can catch the expressions native speakers use when they talk fast, you can use them in your own speech to sound more natural. So you can fit in even better with the locals.
And what better way to do it than relaxing on the couch, re-watching your favourite movie for the 10th time. Or binge-watching the latest Netflix series.
I discovered your web site two days ago by chance, I tried your free course on Udemy and… in such a short time, thanks to your tips, I changed my approach in learning english.
As I don’t live in an English speaking country I tried to listen to movies in English to stay in touch with the language
But it wasn’t giving me any satisfaction as it is so difficult to get words from movies and it’s frustrating because you think it’s just your fault, because you don’t have “ears” for English maybe.
As soon as I tried your courses I understand that it is not me, but the way I was taught at school in Italy. No one taught me how the English speak in their daily life.
In these two days I tried both the free course and the mini guide and I changed my approach and I can say I “feel” it. I feel I’m doing something active for my ears, I’m working with listening.
Now I know that it is not necessary to pronounce a perfect a-n-d, but it’s fine to say “an” or ‘n because the native speakers actually do it.
Also now I know that it is useless to look for perfectly pronounced expressions like “going to” or “got you” in a speech, because probably they won’t be there, unless it’s a TED one.
It looks like a simple way of thinking, but it is not when you’re learning has always been based on grammar and artificial conversations.
I bought every material I found on your site and can’t wait to use it and also I am taking advantage of tips you put both in the Mini Movie Guide and the free course.
Native English speakers talk too fast?
Have you been watching movies and TV series in English with subtitles, hoping that one day your listening skills would improve? And that you’d catch everything without reading?
Words and expressions you already know can change dramatically when native speakers say them fast. That’s why just passively listening or trying to listen and read at the same time doesn’t work.
In Movies on the Run, my digital listening pack, you learn how to catch fast native speech though movie quotes in 2 weeks.
With each quote, you train your ears to catch features of connected speech that make it hard to understand native speakers when they speak in a fast, natural way.
Click here to find out more about the pack.
What happy Leo Listeners are saying about me
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.
What I really appreciate about your work is the link between spoken English and movies. This helps me master an important aspect of my English (understanding fast spoken English, but also speaking in a faster and less artificial way). And I can do it in the most fun way I know: while watching movies!
Now I really feel more confident with this specific TV show: every Saturday, at the end of the week, I felt more and more confident with actors’ voices and expressions and I feel like I’ve practiced my listening skill in a relaxing way!