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Lesson Focus

Catching the Topic

A topic is the idea you are talking about.

For example,

I like talking about science. Science is an interesting topic.

English is a new language for you. When you’re listening to people speaking English, you don’t understand every word. Sometimes, people speak too quickly. Sometimes, people use too many big words. Sometimes, noise stops you from understanding people. That’s okay! Don’t worry. Don’t stop listening! You don’t have to understand everything. Relax!

Continue listening. Do you hear one word many times? Do you hear several words that are about the same idea? For example, imagine hearing this:

“Bla bla bla bla dress bla bla bla shoes bla bla bla blue bla bla bla bla bla bla dress bla bla bla bla shirt bla bla bla bla dress bla bla bla bla.”

You didn’t understand everything, but you did understand some of the words. You heard the word dress many times. You also heard other words that are related to clothes: shoes, blue, and shirt. So, you know that the topic is clothes. Catching the topic is an important skill. When you catch the topic, your English improves quickly.