I think listening is probably the most important skill of all. It’s a gateway to all other skills. Reading is also important, but listening even more so, because whereas it’s difficult for most people to fill their days with reading, it’s fairly easy to fill our lives with Chinese audio. The better our listening ability gets, the more we get out of listening. We can extract vocabulary from what we hear, we can learn how words are used in context and we can polish our understanding of Chinese pronunciation.
I have written a lot about listening ability, but some articles are more important than others. To begin with, I’ve written a series of articles about listening ability, containing the following articles.
Deliberate practice i+2 and
Social and motivational aspects (not yet published)
Indirect ways of improving listening ability (not yet published)
Audio resources (not yet published)
Apart from these articles, there are also others that focus directly on specific aspects of listening ability.
Articles directly related to listening ability
Listening ability, a matter of practice?
Make sure listening isn’t a practical problem
Listening to the listener
How to find more time to practise listening
Triggering quantum leaps in listening ability
Articles indirectly related to listening ability
The importance of knowing many words
Pros and cons with travelling to learn a language
Diversified learning is smart learning
Benchmarking progress to stay motivated
Reading manga for more than just pleasure
Mapping the terra incognita of vocabulary
Can you become fluent in Chinese in three months?
The 10,000 hour rule – Blood, sweat and tears
A complete list of all articles about listening ability (scroll down to see all of them in a text-only list):