Do you ever get frustrated when you realize that the person you’ve been talking to was not really listening at all?
Do others ever complain that you don’t listen?
Don’t be too anxious if the answer to either or both questions is “yes”.
Although we may not be aware of it, many of us have poor listening skills, and strong listening skills are important for everyone, not only for second language learners. Good communication is essential to forming good relationships with people of all kinds, from family, friends and neighbours to co-workers, bosses and even government officials!