owlTHE WISE OWL    http://www.englishclub.com/listening/


A wise old owl
Sat in an oak.
The more he saw,
The less he spoke.

The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can’t we be like
That wise old bird?

What Is Listening?

Listening” is receiving language through the ears. Listening involves identifying the sounds of speech and processing them into words and sentences. When we listen, we use our ears to receive individual sounds (letters, stress, rhythm and pauses) and we use our brain to convert these into messages that mean something to us.

Listening in any language requires focus and attention. It is a skill that some people need to work at harder than others. People who have difficulty concentrating are typically poor listeners. Listening in a second language requires even greater focus.

Like babies, we learn this skill by listening to people who already know how to speak the language. This may or may not include native speakers. For practice, you can listen to live or recorded voices. The most important thing is to listen to a variety of voices as often as you can.


Do you want to improve your English listening skills? What about your spelling, writing, and typing skills? Dictations can help in many ways. They even help you learn new vocabulary in context.

The English Club dictations come in three different levels. Try the short dictations first and work your way up. The directions are only there to guide you. You can listen to the dictations as many times as you need to.

Short Dictations


Very brief recordings of one or two lines for beginners.




2 Numbers and Letters


3 People


4.Places and Weather