(Contributed by Michi)
In the previous blog posts we covered a variety of different supplemental English language learning methods. This post will focus specifically on using different types of audio-based media to your learning advantage.
6. Listen to podcasts and music
Music lovers can rejoice in the fact that there are dozens and dozens of English language songs ranging from a variety of different genres and eras – there’s something for everyone and it’s a great way to expand your vocabulary. If you prefer to hear conversational English, podcasts and radio are a fantastic option as there are hundreds of lectures, discussions, stand up comedy performances and news shows that will help expand your comprehension skills.
7. Put the captions on
If you watch a lot of television, remember to set captions on so you can read in one language while you listen in another. This is helpful because your native language is being incorporated into your language learning, which can help provide context for foreign language phrases that otherwise may be harder to grasp.
8. Repeat what you hear
If you come across an unfamiliar word or phrase, repeating it out loud a couple of times can cement it to your memory and help make it feel more natural. It also helps to record yourself speaking various words and phrases so you can listen back later to get a better sense of what your pronunciation is like and where you can improve.
Try all of these tips and see which ones work best for you. Good luck!