Saturday Listening Lesson


On YouTube




(1) Subtitles: The words so you can read what people are saying in a video

Foreign movies have subtitles so you can understand.

(2) Transcript: A written version of a video.

I didn’t see the show, but I read the transcript. It was really interesting.

(3) Steps: An ordered list of things to do.

To make a cake, there are 20 steps. First, get some sugar…



1. What’s the first step of watching a video?

a. Get a dictionary.

b. Just watch it.

c. Read the translation.

2. What does “juhwanna” mean?

a. Do you want to

b. Nothing

c. A spice for eating

3. Why should you copy the way people speak?

a. It’ll help your speaking

b. It’ll help your listening

c. It’ll help your speaking and listening.


Saturday Listening Lesson



By Jeremy Schaar

Today is Saturday and on Saturdays I’m going to present you with a listening lesson. Usually I’ll choose a TED video or another video from YouTube. Today, however, I’d like to take a few minutes and talk about how to watch a video.

Here are the steps to watching a TED video:

  1. Watch the video
  2. Watch it again
  3. Watch it again with English subtitles
  4. If possible, read the transcript of the video
  5. If possible, read the translation of the video
  6. Watch the video again
  7. Start looking up words in a dictionary
  8. Post comments below the video

The great thing about is that you can often find subtitles and a translation of the video. It’s a great study tool.

Notice that before you get out a dictionary, you should have watched the video several times. If you want to improve your listening, you need to do it this way. Otherwise it’s just a reading exercise.

After you’ve done all these things, return to the same video in the future. Watch it once a week or so until it gets easy.

My other suggestion is to try and notice how speaking is different than writing. For example, when someone says “Do you want to get something to eat?”, they’ll often say “juhwanna git sumpen tuh eat?” “juhwanna git sumpen tuh eat?”

When listening, try to notice differences between the written words and the spoken words. Then, try and copy those differences when you speak. It’ll really help your listening.

OK. That’s it for today. Next time, we’ll be talking about Nilofer Merchant’s video: Got a meeting? Take a walk.

As always, if you have any questions or want more practice, comment on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

Thanks for using Stuart Mill English. Have a great day.


Answers To Today’s Questions

B, A, C


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