IWTYAL 160: 5 Tips For Finding Comprehensible Input

Jonathan asks: “How can I find comprehensible input for Hebrew?”

In this episode:

1. Find other people who are learning the same language, and ask what materials they like:

2. Go to specialist bookshops (in- and out of country). I found some great stuff in Hong Kong

3. Search for bloggers who write about your target language and email them

4. Find material you like and hire someone to transcribe it. Francesco did this with Estonian. I did this with Cantonese:


5. Make your own materials!

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  • Israel Lai

    Just FYI, Cantonese is actually one of the largest languages in terms of population 😉 it’s just less often considered an actual language…

    • Thanks for the correction! Nevertheless, the amount and quality of materials is shocking, and would make you think it’s already extinct!! Luckily we are working together to rectify that 😉

  • Andy R

    Another website people can check is fiverr. I haven’t used its services yet, but many people offer translation services, lessons, and so forth starting at $5. For example, I searched that site for Hebrew and found a lot of translators, one teacher, and even “I will add English or Hebrew subtitles to your video” for $5. I searched for the two words “Hebrew transcribe” (without quotes) and found, among other things, “I will transcribe Audio English AND Hebrew” for up to 10 minutes or 300 words with 2 speakers for $5.

  • Kento Sato

    Hi Olly,
    Thank you for another fantastic episode!
    Finding materials that provide comprehensible input is really hard even if it’s a “popular” language like French (which I’m learning).
    Like you said in the episode, once you hit some level, most of the materials turn out to be boring because it’s too easy or demotivating because it’s too difficult.
    I’ll try to find materials that match my level!
    Thank you! And l look forward to next episode.


    • Andy R

      Such material is hard to find but it’s definitely out there for French. For example, I’d never heard of French Today (selling an audiobook-style textbook series from beginning to intermediate level) or Francais Authentique (the YouTube videos go beyond textbook French but are slowly spoken and phrased in such a way that you can figure out what Johan is saying from context) until someone recommended them on Facebook a month or two ago. Maybe you’ve never heard of SmartFrench (unscripted dialogs but with helps for comprehension), Insider’s French (Michel Thomas’ new intermediate course) or Easy Languages (a YouTube channel consisting of street interviews with subtitles in English and French).

      What I did personally to master French listening was to subscribe to Lingq for a few months and then read a lot of graded readers with CD audiobooks. In both cases, I read first and then listened multiple times. Eventually, I was able to listen to new CD’s without reading their books first. Continental Book Company will show you what’s available–but they don’t keep much in stock, so I usually ended up buying the books from AbeBooks. Make sure to buy them new! Used copies might not include the CD’s. And start with the beginning/A1 books even if your French is at a higher level.

      I imagine there’s still a lot more out there that I just haven’t found yet. For example, there are no doubt intermediate materials created and sold in France (and Belgium, etc.) that people outside of French-speaking countries would be unaware of. Famous polyglot Richard Simcott prefers such materials but I don’t know how he finds them, except maybe by traveling or by asking friends or tutors from his target language countries.

    • Thanks Kento, and good luck! You can always ask in my Facebook group, there are tonnes of people learning French!

    • Andy R

      Hi, Kento. I also replied but I don’t know if you got a chance to see my reply because later Disqus’ spam filter mistakenly marked my response as spam. Please contact me if you’d like me to try to resend it privately somehow.

  • Luke Truman

    Hi Olly, what TV show did you transcribe and was it done in Characters or Jyutping? If you still have it I would be very interested to use it a few months down the line 🙂 Thanks for the podcast