I am a native Chinese speaker, and I have lived in Toronto for 8 years since the time I was 18 years old. But my English listening skills are pretty poor. I cannot understand the movies in the theater without subtitles. So I really want to improve my English listening skills.

  • Welcome to Language Learning Stack Exchange. What do you mean by "I have been to Toronto since for 8 years"? Have you been there several times in the last 8 years? Have you lived there for 8 years now (i.e. you sill live there)? Or did you live there for eight years in the past? – Christophe Strobbe Jan 4 at 17:47
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    This post should help: languagelearning.stackexchange.com/q/382/4939 – AML Jan 5 at 1:00

The more you talk to native speakers the better your listening skills (and not only listening). There are also a lot of different options (listen to the radio, visit speaking clubs), but when you are trying to understand what a person you are listening to means - it's the best listening practice.

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    Welcome to Language Learning Stack Exchange and thank you for your contribution. Since the person who posted the question has lived in Toronto for 8 years, don't you think that they need more specific advice instead of the very general advice you gave? – Christophe Strobbe Jan 11 at 14:58
  • Thanks a lot for your note. Ray Z asked about the most efficient way, and I believe that way I've mentioned is that one. BTW after 8 years of living there he still "cannot understand the movies in the theater without subtitles", so probably as a Chinese native speaker he mostly communicate with Chinese-speaking people. So I advised to talk more to English native speakers. – Alex Kuchin Jan 11 at 15:50

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