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Dear Ted Nesbitt,

I'm glad about your quick response, and i would like to say i'm thank for your attention.
Now I'm using English as ESL, it's true that my english skills is not good enough so that i am not confident to apply job in international environment especially listening.
And i'm try to practice listening skill my best and i want to speed up the process. So i hope u can remind some points which i should note to achieve my purpose.

Sincerely.
hitisi
p/s: i have search you on google and find you with your facebook. Nice to make friend with you.

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Dear Hitisi:

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Ted Nesbitt

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Although I could refer you to many sites for help in English grammar and writing, it is difficult to find sites that offer AUDIO presentations.  You need to LISTEN to the speech patterns of other people.  

For your purposes, having the written text available, WHILE you are listening to the speaker, is very important.  Unfortunately, I do not know of one special internet site that contains both the audio words and the printed words.

However, there are some excellent dictionaries that give you the definitions of words
AND how to pronounce these words.

I recommend these two:

http://www.merriam-webster.com

http://yourdictionary.com

*** I am trying to learn how to read and speak Portuguese.  I chat with Brazilian students who assist me with Portuguese, while I am helping them with English.  If you could find an English-speaking "partner," having conversations with that person would be of great help to you.

NOTE:  This is very important:  I do not believe that you can learn to LISTEN and to SPEAK another language by reading a book.  Many libraries have tapes or audio discs intended to help a person to follow the text, while a native-speaking person reads the text.  Have you checked your libraries to see if they have such material?

Another suggestion is to search the internet using such terms as "spoken words" or "oral history."  I have found two very good sites that provide the audio versions of stories or speeches.  They are listed below.  I do not know if you will be able to access them in Vietnam, but it is worth a try.  You can also search the audio collections at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.  Explore this site:  http://www.loc.gov

Here are the two sites I tried:

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=17191

http://www.ted.com/talks/lemon_andersen_performs_please_don_t_take_my_air_jordan

Incidentally, this site [www.ted.com] has many speeches and readings.  Unfortunately, the printed texts of the audio material are not always available.  You will have to do some
searching of the TED site.

Good luck to you.  Let me know how are you progressing.

Ted

P. S.  I added you as a friend at Facebook.  As I was doing so, I got the message that we have TWO friends in common.  However, I was not able to find those two people.  I do assist several Vietnamese students.  

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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