What you are doing

  • Listening to an audio - a monolog that has 2 parts
  • In the first part, the text is recorded at a normal speed for conversational speech (fast!). In the second part, the same text is recorded at a slow speed.

Your goal

  • To understand as much as you can.
  • To recognize familiar words and grammar patterns by ear, to try to guess the words you don't know from the context, and to catch the gist of  the content of the text from the elements that you understood.

How to do it

  • Sit comfortably, remove  external stimuli (close Facebook, put on your headphones)
  • Listen to the first part of the audio (at normal speed) and try to understand as much as you can. 
  • Focus on recognizing words in the flow of speech, including in different forms (with moving accents, with a reduction of vowels, with changing and alternating consonants), to catch the meaning of the phrase using  words that you already know.
  • Check your understanding. Who is talking and what are they talking about? What details did you understand?
  • Listen to the second part of the audio (at slow speed) and try to understand a few more details. What else did  you understand? 

How does this help you?

  • You are developing your listening comprehension skills. 
  • You hear real/ authentic and natural speech patterns. You are getting accustomed to its logic and sound.