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When I listen someone, I try to listen very carefully. I give him/her all my attention but (that's weird) I didn't understand something they said. I think I should improve my listening skills because giving a full attention is not enough.

So, how can I improve these skills?

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closed as not a real question by Tom Wijsman, Renan, Brian Carlton, Shiraz Bhaiji, Soner Gönül Sep 9 '11 at 21:34

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The question does not make clear where the problem in listening is. Is it that you drift off while trying to listen, that you have trouble with the language (structure/vocabulary), or with identifying sounds in the language? Please try to be more precise here. –  gzost Sep 8 '11 at 17:18
    
It sounds like the problem is not the actual listening but rather the actual understanding; gzost is a perfect example here, we read your questions but we don't actually understand what the problem is. Asking for clarification is one solution, being more aware of the subject is another; practicing listening exercises or even communication is yet another... –  Tom Wijsman Sep 8 '11 at 18:49
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ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_5_ways_to_listen_better.html would be my suggestion of a TED talk about listening. –  JB King Sep 16 '11 at 15:57
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I find the question very real. I think the person has problem while imagining the thing the other person says. Try to imagine things faster and go with the speaker and if your not able to imagine the things the other person says, stop him and ask "Excuse me! Your too fast. Can you repeat the last line?" –  Fahad Uddin Oct 30 '11 at 7:36

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The fact that you are giving your full attention when listening is good already. When you missed something, you just need to clarify them, ask questions and give comments. You can't be listening all the time, and you can not be noisy or the talker all the time.

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