How to do more with less thanks to one listening tool

Jan 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Welcome to the first blog post of 2017

I hope you had a merry Christmas if you were celebrating. And a happy new year of course.

How’s 2017 going so far?

I’m arriving at the end of my first week back at Leo Listening. So the toughest week of the year is almost over.

Speaking of 2017, do you have a motto for 2017? A focus for your year?

My listening motto, that I’ll hope you’ll adopt too is – less is more in listening.

I don’t believe in just practising listening to understand. I believe in teaching you how to understand fast, conversational English.

You don’t need hours and hours of mindless practice.

You need to learn to do more with less.

Because less is more.

Let me explain.

  • You see, it’s often better to listen to 1 audio multiple times than to listen to 10 different audios.
  • Or to listen to one extract 10 times in detail than to listen once superficially.
  • The same goes for resources. You don’t need 10 resources where one will do.

So in the spirit of less is more in 2017, let me show you one tool that can improve your listening in multiple ways.

A tool that lets you:

  • Find audio, including podcasts, audiobooks, music and more
  • Listen to audio
  • Download audio
  • Add comments to the audio – this is the coolest part
  • Upload your own recordings
  • Listen to and comment on my podcast
  • Share audio
  • And more

What is this magical tool you ask? Soundcloud. I use it every day.

I’m sharing two video tutorials in this post. Watch them and get started with Soundcloud in just a few minutes.

A guide to finding audio on Soundcloud

A guide to improving your listening skills on Soundcloud

Next steps and over to you

I hope you enjoyed these Soundcloud tutorials. If you want to know more about Soundcloud, you can also watch:

This video on how to create a Soundcloud account

This one on how to make recordings with Soundcloud

They also have a handy little app which is cool for listening to podcasts when you’re out and about.

Let me know in the comments: have you used Soundcloud before? Are you going to try it out? And if you have tried it, what did you think of it?

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