Posts from the 'Listening' Category

Amelia on January 29 2012 0

How to Get the Most from Your Listening Material

When you’re learning a foreign language, improving your listening skills takes lots of listening. Even if listening material for your target language is plentiful, it’s easy to find yourself without enough good material if you don’t make the most of what you have. By listening to something just once or twice, working through any accompanying […]

Amelia on July 14 2010 0

Three Ways to Improve Your Ability to Listen for Detail

At some point, your listening comprehension skills will become good enough that you can pick out the general topic of a conversation even without a context. Sure, sometimes you’ll get it wrong. Sometimes, you’ll think you heard one thing, but the speaker actually said something completely different. That’s perfectly normal. Needless to say, though, you […]

Amelia on April 26 2010 5

Using Songs to Learn a Foreign Language: Get More From Your Pop Music

Some people discount using songs to learn a foreign language because most genres of songs use only basic vocabulary and simple grammar. The argument is the text of pop music and other common genres isn’t varied or complex enough to provide enriching exposure to the language. No, it isn’t and that’s exactly why songs […]

Amelia on April 18 2010 0

Compartmentalizing, Mixing Languages and Switching Languages: How Good Do You Have to Be?

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will. You’re minding your own business thinking in one language and someone comes up and says something to you in another language. Maybe you understand, but can’t find the words to reply or maybe you don’t understand a word even if they spoke your native language. Understandable […]

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