“How do you fit hearing comprehension into your daily routine? I find myself daydreaming a lot during my hearing comprehension time.”What are you training, exactly?
Listening comprehension will aid you in understanding spoken language. For most independent language learners, listening comprehension is what starts bridging the gap between reading a textbook and moving on to confident and independent language use.
For Elisabeth as a French learner in particular, there’s a lot to unpack. French has a lot of silent letters, liaisons, weird silent bits that you cannot know from listening.The Speak & Spell Connection
It’s important to train the four core skills - all of them: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
About That Daydreaming Problem
Is it really a problem to be daydreaming during your listening sessions? There are different levels of listening.
What you don’t want to do is set yourself up for failure or disappointment, so before you switch that input on it’s worth focusing on whether you are here
If you’re too tired for study, don’t worry about that aspect and set your expectations differently.
Paying lots of attention, extracting 100% of meaning and nuance, listening in detail
Listening for the gist, being happy understanding most
Understanding very little, “immersion listening” at an early point
PAY ATTENTION to what you got wrong. In my experience, it’s easy to overestimate your skills.Where can you go to find good listening material?
During selection of materials, consider:
Remember: “A polyglot cannot survive on audio alone”. Combining with text, visual and even speaking is very crucial for a balanced approach.
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