Gerund and its meaning in the sentence, being positioned at the end of the sentence

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I came across this sentence while watching a video on YouTube.

They learn to read and write the formal English of textbooks, but get very little training listening to - and speaking - causal, conversational, spoken English.
Source: Get Fluent With 1 Trick - Become A Confident English Speaker With This Simple Practice Trick
(By EnglishAnyone on YouTube; emphasis added)

What puzzles me here is what sort of connection exists between "get very little training " and "listening". Is there a meaning as in " ...get very little training in listening to..."?

Cihangir Çam

Posted 2015-11-29T17:15:15.867

Reputation: 710

Can you provide a link to the video and the approximate time in the video that the statement occurs? – None – 2015-11-29T17:52:35.673

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l96V7dQtq9E 1:58 – Cihangir Çam – 2015-11-29T18:05:54.607

Answers

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If you listen to the way he says it (and the emphasis he uses) it is saying that English learners don't get the experience of listening to spoken English. Personally, I wouldn't use training, rather experience because experience sounds like you are learning at your own pace, and training sounds like a routine.

I can see why you're confused, and you are correct: you can say get very little training in listening to...

Riley Francisco

Posted 2015-11-29T17:15:15.867

Reputation: 480

So what he did in the sentence by not adding "in", should be considered as incorrect ,right? – Cihangir Çam – 2015-11-30T09:25:08.007

No. You can say both. – Riley Francisco – 2015-11-30T10:31:44.633