How to Boost Your Listening Skills with Interactive Video Transcripts
- You can click on any part of the transcript and then listen to that part of the video
- The words are highlighted as they are spoken
- You can use the ctrl + F function to find specific words or expressions and listen to them
To practise conversational English and prepare yourself for conversations in the real world, search for an interview with a TED speaker where they are speaking spontaneously. A really interesting exercise would be to compare the way the speaker pronounces words in a TED talk compared to an off the cuff interview. You could use the search function I mentioned above to find different examples.
ELLLO or English Listening Lesson Library Online offers a variety of audio and video material. You can choose to show or hide the transcript as you listen. As you know, I recommend listening without the transcript first and then using the transcript as a way to identify your difficulties. What I love about this site is the wide variety of accents, both native and non-native to listen to, plus the English is generally conversational: natural, fluid and spontaneous rather than planned.