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Is there an idiom for someone who nods and listens usefully?

I had a coworker who would occasionally say something like, "I can't solve this problem. Would you play Wooden Indian for me?" (referring to the carved figures that used to stand outside cigar stores) ...
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Why are movies so hard to understand (and what can you do about it)?

I have been learning English for many, many years now and think I have acquired quite some mastery. Yesterday I saw just another English (American) flick and thought it was a different language, but ...
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Meaning and acceptability of “One fifty” when speaking of dollars

I was watching Errol Morris' ‘11 Excellent Reasons Not to Vote?’. At some point, the dialog goes this way: ― If I could sell my vote, I probably would. ― How much? ― How much? Psssh... ...
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Problem listening to foreign accents

From the beginning I had some problems listening to foreign accents. Like when someone from my native country (India) speaks English I understand it at once, but if someone from a foreign country ...
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Films/Series that are extremely good to understand (and that are not…) [closed]

Some time ago I asked "Why are movies so hard to understand (and what can you do about it)?" To my surprise even many native speakers answered that they had difficulties understanding some movies and ...
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Speaking less-than-unit decimals [closed]

As far as I know, decimals smaller than unit can be read, for instance: "0.38" -> "Point 3, 8" But, in one of the IELTS sample listening tasks (around 1:30), they say something like "0.75" -> "...
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“IoT”: How well understood is this abbreviation, especially when heard, not read? [closed]

How well understood is the abbreviation “IoT” for “Internet of things”? A company has a product, let’s call it the “IoT Refrigerator.” At first glance, I personally had no idea what this “IoT” is. ...
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Steve Jobs’s Stanford speech: this is the closest I've ever **gotten** to a college graduation?

I'm watching Steve Jobs’s speech at Stanford: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html There is a sentence I'm not clear, which of following is correct? and this is the closest I'...
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Word's meaning in a particular (provided) context?

What does a girl say at 0:14 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i31s8F0fkCw ? 1.He's got extra ???? Bits? Pits? Either one, what does it mean? If I'm not mistaken bits can be a reference ...
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Is “Show off” here in an imperative mood or something else? [closed]

In this movie clip, there's this conversation between Monkey and Beetle, starting at 50 seconds into the clip: Monkey: What? Beetle: Well, fast learner. Did you know you could do that? ...
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What does this guy say in the video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs_Ej32IYgo&app=desktop Hi, I'm trying to teach myself by watching Youtube videos, but sometimes I do have problems understand exactly what they're saying in their ...
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Two words in a video [closed]

I have watched this video hundreds of times but there are two words I still can't figure out what they are. They have been bugging me and I would really appreciate if anyone could let me know what ...
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Listening English Skill [closed]

I can read and understand technical English, but I have difficulty understanding what I hear. What can I do to improve my listening skill? Please help!
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Which is more important either an adjective or article?

I have just finished a practice test for Ielts, and I looked at the key. There is a question in listening part asking about what the speaker said for a course requirement, the exam must be completed ...
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He had them listen/listening

"He had them listen attentively." "He had them listening attentively." Why grammatically speaking is the second one right? Also, then, why is "I had my brother wash the car" correct but not "I had ...
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Can I understand 95 percent of CNN and Talk Show, movies, anything just in 3 years? [closed]

Can I understand 95 percent of CNN , Talk Show, movies and anything? If I listen to English material (podcasts and videos, …) for three years and I also listen to English materials for 3 hours every ...
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Is it essential to use comma in a big number?

Is it necessary to use comma in a big number? For example, if anyone writes one million four hundred thousand and two as 1400002 instead of 1,400,002 on answer sheet of listening section of IELTS test,...
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Bubble wrapped the brickles? [closed]

What does the guy say in the blank here? It sounds like "brickles." "I packed up all the files and bubble wrapped the []."
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What is David Milch talking about?

There is an interview from David Milch - the creator of the TV series "Deadwood". At the final part, he said ( seems ):" All of those things for me remind me as I sort of lived into the story that the ...
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Which one is good for listening? [closed]

In order to improve my English listening/understanding ability, I listen several different documentaries at least 5 minutes per day. These documentaries are generally produced by BBC. They are in ...
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Can't understand “disava” word [closed]

I can't understand one word in this video, time 1:18: ... Number two, and this is hugely important, dis??? yourself immediately ... Can someone help me to identify the word?
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an unheared missing word [closed]

Somewhere, I have heard a sentence similar to: The main problem is the plagiarism exosinated by the Internet. Instead of the meaningless bold word, what English similar word will make sense?
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What is the name of the tree mentioned in this video? [closed]

Listening to this video for about 5 seconds (it should start playing at the right time): https://youtu.be/5tuJvei2Uw8?t=12m5s I can understand: He's ordered a magnificent piece of ____; the ideal ...
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Write up work means?

I have just finished a practice test for Ielts, and I looked at the key. There is a question in listening part asking about what the speaker said for a course requirement. The question number 27 is ...
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Is transcription OK here? If not please bust it

Thank you for your warm and kind support. This is the continue of the previous question, and I didn't know even the common word "match up" could be a jargon. This question is equivalent with the ...
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A word similar to listening or attentive [closed]

We are looking for a word that is similar to listening or attentive. For a use in describing the nature of our corporation's relationship with our employees and customers.
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Help me understand what the lady says in the video at 9:46 [closed]

Could you please help me understand what the lady says in the below video at 9:46 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k95ln3wfTFs Just one sentence that is not totally clear to me. Thank you.
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Word for problem listening/speaking and not reading/writing english

Suppose I have problems listening and understanding English esp. of non-Indian accent speaking English fluently How should I tell someone about it using very few words instead of typing a long ...
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“for notary”? “green hub”? Please help me dictate this video [closed]

I was trying to dictate this video, but there are some words I am not quite sure about, thanks for your help in advance. The video link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIoQs4QpecU There are 3 ...
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Why “Be quiet!” may sound as “Be quiets!” [closed]

I guess "(Everyone) Be quiet!" referring to a group of people is correct. But it may sound as "Be quiets!" when they yell. Is it correct?
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Would you help me understand this video?

I'm improving my listening skills so I listen to this video but there are some really difficult sentences that I can not recognize, Would you give me a hand, please? https://youtu.be/WjDV91ohIkE?t=1m ...
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I can't identify a word from one video [closed]

The text is: “I didn’t receive ... I found Kevin or any part of Kevin, so I have places like this to help me heal.” ... is the word I can't catch it. who can help me identify it? The video link, ...
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What does he say in video? What feelings? [closed]

Good afternoon! What does he say at 2:50? What feelings? I don't understand. Motivation
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What's the content of the conversation?

I practiced a TOEFL(simulation) test yesterday, and I came across this question (which is in the listening section) that says : https://www.mediafire.com/file/t9f0ev397vztmez/300.mp3 That's the link ...
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Missing word in VOA news:US Government Panel Says Consider Environment in Diet [closed]

I don't know whether it's suitable to ask this kind of question here. I just got some listening issues. I can't identify the word missing in the sentence No.1 in this metioned VOA and want to make ...