Transform your listening skills with this free app.

Sorry, Could you say that again?

‘Sorry’, you say. ‘I didn’t catch that, could you say it again?’

You are trying to buy a train ticket but you don’t have a clue what the guy behind the counter just said.

You are not at the panic stage yet because it’s only the first time you’ve asked.

He repeats the sentence but it seems even faster and more confusing than the first time.

You get that familiar, sinking feeling as you realise that you still don’t have any idea what he’s saying. A queue of impatient commuters has formed behind you and a bead of sweat trickles down your back. You try to get a grip but you feel really stressed now which is not helping your ability to understand.

It’s now the third time you’ve asked him to repeat himself but he has a really weird accent and you are at a loss.

Out of desperation he scribbles the information on a piece of paper and shoves it in your direction. You scurry away with your tail between your legs feeling defeated.

Improve your listening skills with UMANO – it’s free.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where your listening skills have let you down then you need UMANO.

It’s a beautifully simple app where you can listen to audio articles and read along on your phone at the same time. There are tonnes of fascinating articles divided into categories so it’s easy to search for something that appeals to you.

The great thing about UMANO is that the articles are recorded by readers with a really wide range of accents.

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 A daily habit.

Because UMANO is such a simple convenient app, it’s easy to make it a daily habit and slowly but surely improve your listening skills.

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Do you use any great apps to help with listening skills?