My next tip is learn speech patterns.
Okay, I want you to research into how natives speak. English is not a phonetic language and we don't always follow our own pronunciation rules. So, what research can you do?
Well, you can look at homophones.
For example: These are words which have the exact same pronunciation but different spellings and different meanings. An example of a homophone would be “bear” and “bare” the same, but different spelling and meaning.
You can also look at minimal pairs.
Minimal pairs are words that have the exact same pronunciation apart from a single vowel sound. An example of a minimal pair would be “ship” and “sheep”.
...ship...sheep... So that... and... of the same but the vowel sound is different.
It's also important that you understand weak forms.
So we have strong forms of words and we also have weak forms. For example: The word “at”, on its own I say 'at，but sometimes if I'm using it in a sentence or in conversation and I'm speaking very quickly I will say at with the schwa sound. I won't say 'at three o'clock, I will say at three o'clock. It's important that you recognize that the schwa sound can represent many vowels.
我们的单词有重读式也有弱读式。例如：单词“at”，按音标标准发音'at，但是有时如果我在说一个句子或者谈话时语速非常快，我就会用非重读央元音声说at。我不会说'at three o'clock，我会说at three o'clock。所以认识到非重读央元音可以代替很多元音的发音很重到。
You also need to look at reductions.
I've got a video all about the reductions ‘wanna’ and ‘gonna’ which is also in the deion box, that will really help you out especially if you want to use those，
I know a lot of you do。
It's a really quick way of making yourself sound more native, and also contractions: I am = I'm; I will =I'll; she would =she'd.
Important that you learn those. I'm also making a video on contractions. So when that's uploaded I will also put that in the deion box.
我有一节课专门讲的缩读‘wanna’ 和 ‘gonna’，在描述框里可以找到，如果你想使用这样的词，那节课可以给你特别的帮助，我知道你们大多数人都想使用。
这是帮助你说英语更像母语者的一个快速的方法，还有就是缩略形式：I am = I'm; I will =I'll; she would =she'd. 学会这些词很重要，我也正在做一个关于缩略形式的课程录像，所以当我上传后也会放在描述框里。
So that's it for my lesson on: How to improve your listening skills?