Many virtual aviators are confused when it comes to understanding the language used by air traffic control and pilots. The three questions that are often queried are:
What to say ?
When to say it ?
How to say it ?
There are several on-line tutorials available to learn air traffic control and aviation language, however, often a far easier and more interesting method is to actually hear ATC talking to pilots and vice versa. This in conjunction with a little reading can get you up and flying quickly without making mistakes when flying on-line.
To listen to live ATC, go to Live ATC, select your airport code and frequency and sit back a listen. The frequencies are already on the website, so all you need is the ICAO or IATA code of your airport. Here is a link to find your airport code.
Live ATC can be be listened to either via the web or if your "on the move" and really cannot be without ATC, then your android or i-phone. ATC is a volunteer organization, so expect some adverts on their website.
I've also made a link in the navigation bar (right hand side column). Click the link to be directed to the ATC page.