An English radio station and TV talk shows are suitable channels that can help one learn the English language. They give a listener good exposure to the way native speakers use the language. They also familiarize one with the slang and other colloquialisms. This helps the listener to tune his or her English to high levels so that they can not only know how to read and write in English, but how to pronounce the word as well.
When learners interact with the different dialects of the English language, they are able to learn the permanent features of English language. This also enables them to detect when an English language user exhibits idiosyncratic features that are not part of Standard English but rather regional dialectical differences. A learner is therefore, able to avoid the effect of his own features in his spoken English.
A learner achieves competence in English language when he or she is able to reproduce the rules on language construction that have never been heard before. Before he can achieve this, the learner needs a base upon which he can build up the rules. This could be any channel where English is spoken as the case in radio conversations where the rules ape applied in a number of different contexts.
English sounds have very thin boundaries in terms of pronunciation therefore, a slight drift from the exact sound overlaps on another sound. Sound will also assume different pronunciations when they occur in different environments in a word. The variations can not be exhausted through a curriculum leaving listening to endless conversations as the only means of learning as many variations as there are environments.
English language is a structural language consisting of several structures and patterns that organize the different elements in it. Through listening, the learner can decipher the patterns in which sound are organized to form words and later reproduce the pattern in his or her own speech. Further, he is able to hear the structure governing the combination of word to form a sentence which is the most used structure of English language.
It is impossible to exhaust all the English vocabularies that there is thus, one can only improve his or her scope of English vocabulary. The person on radio will be discussing diverse topics using a rich combination of vocabularies which a listener if constantly exposed to will become a part of his or her vocabulary. The unrestricted variety helps to widen the vocabulary of the listener and help them grasp the language better.
Listening to spoken English over a period of time makes one accustomed to the sound of spoken English. This is very important as it enables the listener improve his or her fluency in English language. The use of pauses and other punctuation in spoken English becomes engraved in the mind of the listener so that he or she is able to apply them in his or her own speech unconsciously.
The more exposure you get on spoken in its different contexts, the more you improve your spoken English. Listen to English radio station while undertaking other chores. Though you may not be keen to understand what is being said, the play and replay of the sounds in your ears is very beneficial to your English language skills.
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