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Tim

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2020.05.22 17:22
So you really want to improve your listening in English or another language? Here is an intensive method you can use to improve quickly. Don’t do it for more than 20-30 minutes at a time without taking a break.

Intensive listening practice
-Find a some sources of audio where the exact words that are spoken are available. For example some podcasts and Ted talks have accurate transcripts. Movie subtitles are not accurate enough, they usually have a lot of mistakes or changes.
-Use a short portion of audio (a couple minutes or less, especially in the beginning) at a time and try to listen and write the words that you hear exactly correctly. Make an effort to do it as accurately as possible.
-Check what you’ve written against the transcript. Then repeat the process by listening again and writing every word. Repeat until you can hear them all.
-If it has been less than 20 minutes, try another short piece of audio.

Please share any links you find to podcasts or Ted talks with transcripts. I’ll also try posting some more moments along with the written version.

Good luck!
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Comments

  • Leucocito 2020.05.22 17:25

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    Good advice
  • Jordi Fernández 2020.05.22 18:51

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    Thanks Tim! I'll try it!
  • Desert rose 2020.06.21 07:52

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    👍👍
  • Belen 2020.06.26 03:32

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    Thanks tim!! I’ll try
  • maribel 2020.08.04 22:56

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    I do this, but I often use Netflix. There are some podcast that have transcript as well. One is “This American Life” and another is oldpodcast.com (Optimal Living podcast) that have short episodes where he reads some articles or posts from internet... No conozco si hay alguno que sea en español y tenga la transcripción
  • Tim 2020.08.04 23:01

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    @maribel el problema con Netflix es los subtítulos a menudo no son correctos. Ahora uso momentos aquí o en mis grupos personas ponen ejercicios así. Debo hacerlo más pero me gusta más simplemente hablar con gente interesante.

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