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ESL English: Understand Real English Conversation, Beginning

Popular ESL listening course helps you understand English speakers--from the author of twenty English textbooks! ESL/EFL

4.48 / 5.0
13112 students1 hours 12 minutes

Created by Nina Weinstein, offered on Udemy

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This course currently has a bestcourses score of 8.9/10, which makes it a great course to learn from. On our entire platform, only 15% of courses achieve this rating!


If you can't understand what someone says to you in English, you can't have a conversation because you won't know what to say.  This listening class is a must. 

Some may feel that listening comprehension isn't important. It's actually the most important English skill because it's the foundation of your English language ability. It's where excellent English skills begin.

"ESL English" is the "magic sauce" of English listening. In each lesson, you'll enjoy many practice exercises written by Nina Weinstein, the author of twenty English textbooks for major New York publishers, including her bestselling listening book, "Whaddaya Say". "ESL English" is for people who want to have the best English skills. Both the beginning level,"ESL English", and her intermediate listening course, "More ESL English", are in the Udemy for Business program.

Nina Weinstein teaches English to employees of some of the biggest companies in the world; Toyota, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, and others. "ESL English" has many of the lessons that she gives for those companies. Nina has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and she taught her listening program at Harvard University as a teaching fellow. "ESL English", "MORE ESL English", and "(How to get) Your Best English" are Steps 1, 2 and 3 of her popular English listening skills program.

"Easy, natural way to listen to native English speakers. I would absolutely recommend it. Before taking this English course, I went through many English courses, but none of them were as comprehensive as 'ESL English'. It takes you by the hand and teaches you the real secrets to understanding native English speakers. Easy to follow and entertaining. I would absolutely recommend it."  Salvatore Scaniglia

"Exactly what I wanted to learn! I couldn't recognize those English sounds before going through these lessons." Vadim Dzyuban

"This English course helps you a lot on your listening, 5-star recommended."  Sant Cheung

Your teacher will teach changes at the sentence level --sentence blending rules, and  you'll learn how to be more comfortable with the "rhythm" of natural English. You'll learn that there are two kinds of English -- written and spoken. You'll learn what real spoken English is and how to understand it.

After this course, you'll be able to understand English spoken at a natural speed much better. When you can understand the real spoken English around you, you can also improve your English conversation, grammar, vocabulary, and even pronunciation. If you can hear English words more correctly, you can say them correctly. Very important -- You'll get lots of practice exercises with many different English speakers from the real world in each lesson. This practice will help you to test and improve your hearing and understanding of real English speakers in real situations. 

Note:  There are three courses. "ESL English" is the beginning listening course. "MORE ESL English" and            "(How to get) Your Best English" are the intermediate and advanced levels. Please choose the right level for you. For the best results, take the whole listening program, but Nina suggests taking "ESL English" first.

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İngilizce, английский, Inglés, Inglês, Ingles, Anglais, Englisch, Inglese, Inggris, angleščina, Anh


What you will learn

  • Learn that there are two kinds of English -- written and spoken -- and learn how to understand spoken English
  • Understand English conversation much better!
  • Practice the most important "rules" of spoken English in recorded conversations with many native English speakers!
  • Improve your own English conversation. Conversation is 50% listening. When your listening improves, your conversation can also improve.
  • Learn to understand how words in sentences "blend" when English is spoken at a natural speed. Learn the "music" of English and how it helps you to understand more!
  • Get better scores on the listening sections of tests like the TOEFL and the TOEIC!
  • Become more comfortable with common English accents!


  • High beginning English level or higher
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  • Price: $29.99
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 1 hours 12 minutes
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bestcourses score: 8.9/10

This course is better than many others in its category.