One of the most difficult skills to improve through real-life situations is listening.
But have no fear, you can target your learning to make it a breeze!
Here are four ways to make this happen.
If you know you're going into a situation where English is spoken, you can prepare yourself by brushing up on the likely words which could be used.
For example, if you're going to the airport, you're most likely to hear things about your flight, destination, visa and luggage.
Before you go to the airport, you can review the vocabulary related to these topics.
Don't forget, if you don't catch everything the first time, it's okay to ask them to repeat it for you, which is also good practice.
You can also practise by listening for specific information.
If we go back to the airport example, you could listen out for your destination or flight number.
This will keep the learning focused and practical for you.