A good way to improve your English is to read English books, but sometimes you don’t have the time to sit and read. It can be really tiring to read so much in another language even though its fun. Listening to audio books can be a great alternative.
Audio books are books that have been read aloud for you, so its the perfect opportunity to listen to native speech while listening to a great story. The best part is that if you don’t understand, you can always rewind and repeat it as many times as you want! So it’s a great way to improve your listening. It’s especially great for your morning commute because it can be boring just to sit on the skytrain without listening to anything.
It can also be helpful to listen to books you already know the story of. If you’ve read it in your native language, you will already know the story and that makes it easier to understand! It’s also a good idea to read Teen or Children’s books, because the language is easier. Check out our reading recommendations!
Rather than going and buying audio books, you can always borrow them from a local library! Libraries have more than just books, so you can find a good selection of audio books and other things, including DVDs.
Burnaby Public Library and Surrey Libraries will also give out library cards, but for a fee as well. If you are staying in either place, I suggest going and checking a library out for more information! Be sure to bring ID to get a library card.
If you can’t access free audio books, podcasts are also a great way to listen to English speakers, but they will be more difficult because there is often no writing to go along with it.
Why not try something fun and new to improve your English? Listen to audio books!