Sunday, July 3, 2011

Starting off slow…

I’m the first to admit that my listening comprehension is somewhat lacking. I find myself catching some words here and there and pretty much understanding what’s being said, but there is certainly room for improvement.

For the past several months, I’ve been listening to News in Slow Spanish which I wrote about last year. It’s slow, that’s for sure. In fact, I thought perhaps it would slow me down, but I have discovered that it’s helped my comprehension when listening to Spanish at a “normal” speed.

I compare it to reading a book. When listening to the News in Slow Spanish podcast, I can savor each word, think about its meaning and still pretty much keep up with the podcast. I have found that my vocabulary has increased quite a bit as well as my comprehension when listening to other Spanish language podcasts.

Give it a try! I think you’ll understand after a few episodes.

Where to go:
http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/
Subscribe via iTunes

2 comments:

TE said...

Thanks for the link! I'm not actively studying Spanish right now, but I watch telenovelas occasionally with my grandmother. I think trying this site out will be really helpful in rebuilding my vocabulary. I've been studying another language so long that Spanish words have been completely replaced in my memory by their foreign equivalents.

Aaron's Spanish Lessons said...

Hello again! It's great to read up on authentic blogs. Truth is, many of us are lacking in one of the language fundamentals and at times it's tough to admit. As a past EFL instructor, one of the toughest areas of learning for students was listening comprehension.

Repetition is key and I think your ability to review your Spanish News in Slow Spanish is a great way for many of us to improve our listening skills. In essence, vocabulary is bound to improve. Thanks for your input and I will make sure to listen to some Podcasts for listening comprehension improvements.