Listening is one of the 4 basic skills of learning English language and here are 5 audio lessons for English listening practice which will help you understand 5 different situations and conversations of our daily life. Through listening these conversations among different people based on the context, you can learn natural expressions, tones, and pitches of different words and phrases.
Without listening conversations in English, you will be never able to improve both your English spoken and listening skills.
ইংরেজি ভাষার প্রধান ৪ টি দক্ষতার মধ্যে Listening বা শোনার দক্ষতা হচ্ছে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ একটি অংশ ভাষা শিক্ষার্থীদের জন্য। এটি হচ্ছে এমন একটি দক্ষতা যা কোন বইপত্র পড়ে কখনো অর্জন করা যাইনা। এটির জন্য প্রয়োজন বাস্তবমুখী যোগাযোগ এবং ইংরেজি ভাষায় বিভিন্ন কথোপকথন শোনা।
নিয়মিত শোনার চর্চা ছাড়া একজন শিক্ষার্থী কখনো এই Listening অংশে দক্ষতা অর্জন করতে পারবেনা। এই অধ্যায়টিতে আমি ৫ টি Audio Lesson প্রকাশ করেছি এমপিথ্রি ফাইল রূপে Listening অংশে শিক্ষার্থীদের দক্ষতা অর্জনে সহায়তা করার লক্ষ্যে।
English Listening Practice: 5 Audio Lessons
These 5 listening audio lessons are based on different contexts and situations of our daily life such as relationship, children, families, birth order, personality, excursion, and adventure. Try to listen each word and phrases attentively and notice their pronunciation.
For your better understanding each audio lesson is transcripted below in textual form. You can easily download these audio lessons, save on your phone or pc, and practise each lesson following the given transcription.
এই ৫ টি listening audio tracks আমাদের প্রতিদিনের জীবনের বিভিন্ন ঘটনার বিভিন্ন বিষয়ের উপর কথোপকথনের উপর নির্ভর করে। তুমি এখানে প্রতিটি শব্দের সঠিক উচ্চারণ শিখতে পারবে। এটি তোমাকে একইসাথে কথা বলার ধরন এবং ইংরেজি শব্দের সঠিক উচ্চারণ শিখতে সহায়তা করবে।
এখন এই ৫ টি Listening Audio lessons এই কথোপকথনের উপর নির্ভর করে ডাউনলোড করে নাও নিম্নে। তোমরা এখন Listening Audio lessons গুলো সরাসরি ডাউনলোড করে নিতে পারো তোমাদের ফোনে অথবা কম্পিউটার এ। প্রতিটি Audio lesson এর নিচে সেই কথোপকথন উল্লেখ করে দেওয়া আছে যার সাথে মিলিয়ে তোমরা প্রতিটি কথোপকথন সহজেই বুঝতে পারো।
Audio Lesson 1: Various Relationship
Transcription – Lesson 1
I’ve learned a lot from so many people, but I suppose the person that stands out is my colleague Lin. When I started working at the firm, my employer didn’t give me a lot of formal training so I had to learn on the job. I was given the desk next to Lin and she explained everything to me. She was incredibly efficient. She knew the job so well, and she made it look so easy.
The person I admire the most is probably my boss. She really knows what she wants to achieve with the organization, but at the same time she is so flexible and open to new ideas. She really takes an interest not only in her clients but also in her employees. She really listens to what they have to say.
I suppose the relationship I’ve found most difficult – but ultimately most rewarding – has been my relationship with my younger brother. He’s different from me in almost every way you can imagine. I’m the kind of person who likes to get things done, but he is a real dreamer – so idealistic. It used to drive me crazy, but over the years, I’ve come to really admire him for following his dreams.
Audio Lesson 2: Children and Families
Transcription – Lesson 2
I’m going to begin this section of my talk by saying something about only children, that is children without siblings. Historically, only children were relatively uncommon. However, these days, as families are becoming smaller, being an only child has become relatively more common. There are many reasons for this trend – social, economic, and political, which I won’t go into at this point. However, I will say that having an only child generally means that parental resources can be concentrated on the one child. And I would add that, by parental resources I mean not just money but also care and attention.
Only children have frequently been seen as different from children with siblings and subjected to negative stereotype. They are often considered to be less tolerant of others – i.e. less able to accept differences, to allow those with different points of view to say and do as they like. Not surprisingly, they are sometimes said to be less co-operative than other children – in other words, less able to work effectively with others. On the other hand, only children are often highly regarded for their autonomy, that is to say, their ability to make their own decisions without being unduly influenced by others. In short, the picture that’s emerging is of children who are rather unconventional, that is not quite ‘normal’ in social terms.
I think it’s important to say here that many of these views have been challenged. In fact more recent research has found that only children are in fact very similar to children with siblings…
Audio Lesson 3: Relationship between Birth order and Personality
Transcription – Lesson 3
The subject of my talk today is the relationship between birth order and personality. By birth order I mean whether an individual is the firstborn child in the family, a middle child, an only child, and so on.
The belief that birth order has a lasting impact on personality is widespread and frequently referred to in popular psychology literature. Alfred Adler, an Austrian psychotherapist, was one of the first to suggest that there was a connection between birth order and personality. He noticed that firstborn children experienced a loss of status with the birth of siblings. According to Adler, this made eldest children more likely to be anxious than other children. However, on the positive side, they also tend to be conscientious and achievement-oriented, perhaps because they want to regain a position of primacy within the family.
Since Adler, there have been many attempts to establish links between birth order and a range of personality traits. Some studies have found that last-born children tend to be more extrovert and agreeable, that is, they not only seek out the company of others but also tend to get along well with other people. Middle children, on the other hand, are more likely to be rebellious, perhaps in an attempt to define themselves as special’ in relation to their more conscientious elder siblings and agreeable younger siblings. Some studies, for example, have found that middle children are more likely to choose unconventional careers and hobbies.
However, whilst these views are widely held among the public, scholars have more recently cast doubt on their validity. Many studies have been found to employ a flawed methodology, for instance failing to adequately consider variables such as the family’s socio-economic status. Large-scale meta-analyses of studies have proved inconclusive with no single trait consistently associated with a given position within the family. Nevertheless, most people are intuitively drawn to the idea that birth order has an effect on the sort of people we become.
Audio Lesson 04: Excursion and Adventure
Transcription – Lesson 4
Speaker 1: We had booked an excursion to the beach but chose to venture into the hills instead, hoping to see some of the local wildlife.
Speaker 2: Many young people in their twenties seek adventure; that’s why they come to places like Thailand and Jamaica.
Speaker 3: We looked all over the town and eventually found a local guide to accompany us to the nearest village.
Speaker 4: We won’t be back until the end of August. Because of the disturbances, we had to reschedule our journey for the following week.
Speaker 5: I think you’ll find your trip down the Amazon quite an adventure. You can expect to encounter some pretty strange insects in the rainforest.
Speaker 6: While backpacking around Thailand, I had to learn to overcome difficulties by myself. I can’t count the number of times I got lost!
Audio Lesson 05: Memories of most amazing Adventure
Transcription – Lesson 5
I had the most amazing adventure last year. I spent an afternoon exploring the caves near my village with a group of friends. None of us had ever been caving before, so we went with my friend’s brother, who’s been doing it for ages. He supplied all the equipment and showed us what to do and how to stay safe.
The route down into the earth was really narrow in places. It was quite an intense experience. At one point, I was completely wedged in between two sheets of rock. It was a struggle to stay calm. Eventually I was able to work my way free and continue the journey. After what seemed like ages the tunnel opened up into this huge space underground. It was damp and pitch black – full of echoes and other strange noises. I could hear something flapping but I couldn’t see what it was.
We had to tread carefully and hang onto each other as the ground was very uneven and there were pools of water all over the place, goodness knows how deep. We slowly worked our way around and back out the way we came in. I suppose I chose to go on this adventure because I needed a challenge. I tend to get nervous in small spaces, so this was an opportunity to try to overcome my fears. Also, this was the last summer we were going to be together before heading off to university, so it was good to do something special, something memorable.
I felt really proud of myself at the end of it. It was a valuable experience. I learned that it’s really liberating to face your fears. It also confirmed something that I suppose I’ve always known: friendship is priceless! There’s no way I could have done it on my own.
These audio files are collected from the world famous publication “HarperCollins”. We are greatly indebted to them for these learning resources and materials. These files are published here only for educational purposes so that the language learners throughout the world can easily improve their listening skill in the process of learning English language.
এই অডিও ফাইল গুলো বিশ্ববিখ্যাত প্রকাশনী কলিন্স (“Collins”) এর প্রকাশনা হতে সংগ্রহ করা হয়েছে। আমরা আন্তরিক ভাবে তাদের কাছে ঋণী এই অডিও ফাইল গুলোর জন্য। তবে এই অডিও ফাইল গুলো এখানে প্রকাশ করা হয়েছে শুধুমাত্র শিক্ষামূলক উদ্দেশ্যে যাতে সারা পৃথিবী জুড়ে ভাষা শিক্ষার্থীরা ইংরেজি ভাষা খুব সহজে এবং সঠিক রূপে আয়ত্ত করতে পারে।
মনে রেখ, তুমি কখনো তোমার listening দক্ষতা উন্নত করতে পারবেনা কোন বই পড়ে, তোমাকে অবশ্যয় নিয়মিত বিভিন্ন কথোপকথন শুনতে হবে। আমি আশা করছি এই audio lessons গুলো তোমার সেই চাহিদা পূরণে সক্ষম হবে।
Besides, if you notice carefully, you will see that most of the audio conversations given here are structured based on the rules of present indefinite tense, present continuous tense, present perfect tense, and past Indefinite tense in English grammar. So, if you have complete knowledge of the structures and classification of tenses in English, you can better understand the contexts of these listening audio lessons.
Last of all, remember always that you have to listen different English conversations on daily basis in order to improve your listening efficiency. For this, you can use similar audio lessons, English drama series or movies, and online news.
Try to build up a habit of listening English conversation daily at least for an hour and gradually, you will notice an improvement in your listening capability. Hope these audio lessons will help you a lot in the journey of your English listening practice and exercise.