丹尼尓 Posted May 29, 2016 at 03:16 PM Report Share Posted May 29, 2016 at 03:16 PM Hey guys, Basically, I have three different ways in mind for improving my listening this summer. The problem is, I have no idea which one is more effective (if any), and experimentation would probably take up the whole summer. So, here's what I think: 1. Originally, I planned on watching episodes from 愛情公寓 (iPartment). I've watched this show before, and it's hard to understand (modern, colloquial, slang, based in Shanghai). The approach I had in mind was to bookmark key words here and there on Pleco as I watched the episode (I use Chinese subtitles), and also focus attentively on what they were saying. Then, I'd watch it a second time, and maybe more times after that, and, hopefully, after collecting and memorizing many key words, and hearing/reading the dialogue many times over, I would be able to understand significantly more than I had originally. Here's my question: Apart from this specific episode, would this be an improvement on my listening overall, and help me understand other Chinese listening material? 2. Another thing I had in mind was using the podcasts from Popup Chinese, and specifically hone in on the way native speakers sound, how they slur their words together, etc., and make sure I master each podcast (each podcast is pretty short, like under a minute or so). Additionally, I would try to mimic them, and repeat the dialogue the way they said it. This is to train my ears to look for certain sounds in native, colloquial speech and to adjust to them. It's less content, but more quality listening and analysis on these snippets of content. 3. And finally, I was thinking of "binging." By binging, I mean listening to a massive s***load of Chinese listening material and keeping up the momentum. If I don't understand a big chunk of one episode in 愛情公寓, then I would ignore it. Then, tune in to random radio stations and just actively listen to it. Basically, the premise here is that listening to a lot of fast-speaking native material will train my ears to adapt to listen and understand and that speed (I already have a huge vocabulary). So there you go, that was a lot to write. #2 and #3 are complete opposites, and I guess you call #1 a hybrid of the two. What are your guys' opinions? Which ones have you had more success with, or which one seems to make more sense? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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