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    I'm currently studying German and my weakest spot is the Listening bit. Anyone can share advice on improving this area?

    Familiarise yourself with the exam procedure – do the exam specimen from the AQA website – it has audio files, question papers and mark schemes:
    Generally, it's WHAT to do/can be done, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, WHO that you need to gather from the spoken text. Perhaps you can also ask if someone here in TSR wants to look over the result of your test...

    To practice and test with independent material on the Web, look for CEFR level-A2 material – this is the level of the GCSE German course. You'll find A2-level audio+video material with subtitles and supplementary materials at the Deutsche Welle's German learning website.
    If you want to try out and stretch your listening comprehension a bit, try the level B1 and B2 videos.

    • DW Deutschlandlabor (Germany lab): http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/...dlabor/s-32379
    It's a series of videos with interviews etc. on CEFR level A2 – all episodes have a test part where you can tick answers, and also the text (manuscript) of the episode. I think the topics are pretty much like in GCSE German courses.

    On the fun side:
    • The band "Einshoch6", especially the song "Deutschlehrerinnen"
    • The "Harry – gefangen in der Zeit" series/course: http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/harry/s-13232

    You can also try listening to news in simple German spoken slowly: http://www.nachrichtenleicht.de

    Generally, it's important to understand where exactly your difficulty in listening comprehension lies. It can simply be lack of sufficient exposure - perhaps with gaps in your own pronunciation. Speaking (pronunciation and expression) is usually the hardest thing for all beginners in a foreign language. There can also be gaps in vocabulary, and/or you might not instantly recognize sentence structures, tenses, use of auxiliaries and modal verbs...

    Use past paper practice listenings. If you do manage to answer all the questions see what other information you can understand from the person.
    Also listening to short clips(news or otherwise) in German may help. You could use YouTube to search for a channel which may upload things in German. Then just try and write down everything you understans from it.
    Sometimes listening to stuff which is faster than the exam material helps(not too much faster), as then the exam material seems slower
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    Thanks a bunch guys, appreciated.
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