Core Study Sequences: Listening Comprehension

Welcome to a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day. You’ll literally get to watch over my shoulder as I show you step-by-step how I’m studying! In each article, I’m going to talk about how I’m using my Core Study Time – a 30-45 minute period […]

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How To Do More Listening – Zero Motivation Required!

http://www.icrt.com.tw/en/ext/rss/taiwantalk/140131TT_OLLE_LINGE.MP3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWe all have trouble finding the time to study. But what if getting exposure to your target language was automatic and you had to make the conscious choice not to study? This is a simple, effective hack for the motivationally-challenged, which I learnt from Olle Linge, over at the […]

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How To Use Dictation To Understand Native Speakers

In this post you’ll learn some great ways to improve your listening skills and understand native speakers in a foreign language using one of the oldest teaching methods of all – dictation! Dictation… seriously? You’re probably picturing a Victorian grammar school, with an old headmaster-type reading aloud lines from a Latin textbook, lines of students in caps […]

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Take your listening skills to the next level with the Smart Repeat app

I just came across an app for listening to foreign language audio which is so cool that I just had to share it.

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A Manifesto for Better Listening Skills In A Foreign Language

This post is an honest look at the often misunderstood skill of listening in a foreign language – what it is,  what it isn’t, how some get good at it and why others don’t. By understanding what listening really is you can work towards improving it and an easier time understanding native speakers. Frustrated, confused […]

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How to understand native speakers

In this post I describe a strategy that will help you understand native speakers better in conversation. Understanding native speakers is one of the biggest problems we face when we emerge from our books and take our new language out into the real world. Many of us learn languages in some degree of isolation, away from a […]

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