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Practicing Tip

When I practice, I find that it is useful to listen to quiet, background music that is quite peaceful. Recent studies have even shown that listening to music can be beneficial! Here are some tips about listening to music while studying.

  • Make sure that the music is quiet/soft. Loud music is too distracting.
  • The music should be soothing. Listen to classical music rather than hard rock. Any music without words/lyrics are good.
  • Don't pay too much attention to the music. The music is there to sooth you, not to distract you from learning. Should you do this correctly, it will only benefit you.

And here are some reasons why I particularly like listening to music while studying.

  • It doesn't feel so grindy. I don't feel like I'm just sitting here trying to make all of my skills gold, but rather I am pursuing a hobby and having fun.
  • I don't get too caught up in my failures. I spend less time going gah I can't believe I lost my last heart on the last question and more time just enjoying the education.
  • It's relaxing. Ever had a bad day? Ya, this will help.

It might not seem beneficial, but give it a try and odds say that you will like it. If you have any questions leave them below!

  • P.S. Don't have a collection of classical music in your back pocket? Don't worry, I don't either. If you need free music, use Pandora (a radio website). It is 100% legal and free to use. Some great stations to listen to while practicing are Classical Radio and Film Scores Radio (instrumental music from movies).
4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/NotGoodAtFrench

To add to this, I listen to French radio or audiobooks, which you can find in the public domain free of charge on websites like Youtube. I'm not at the stage where I understand it so it doesn't distract me, but I find it helps to attune my ear to the sound and cadence of the language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b.gomez555

Does anybody else use a similar method?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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only in my dreams. I have distractions all through the day and so try to take your advice in the early morning or late at night... But great advice. Everybody should read your post for it is a gem.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessieKaye

Yes, I often turn on some relaxation music while practicing my french, I have recently started to read French books for my 'Practice'. Also, Try to be in a room where there is no mess or clutter, you might be distracted by it. ☺

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarolJean1

NIce idea! I often listen to music when reading, but I haven't tried it while I'm practing French because I'm listening to pronounciations. I only do new lessons first thing in the morning when I have peace and quiet. A little music just might help. I'll give it a try.Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarunka
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I have the same good experience with music as well. For the purpuse of learning something (I study at a University), I have many playlists on Grooveshark.com (Also free! I gladly recommend!). I listen to soundtracks of my favourite films, classical music, music from my favourite computer games.. And then I got the impression that I am not learning, I am actually having fun.. :)))

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gggggg3
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oh yes i have tried this in the past.it really helps.most of the time i'm using the android app so i have tunein radio running in the backround.i find lounge music to have the same soothing effect as classical music.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Lovely idea. I shall try it. But just being pedantic, your article should have been titled "practising tip" with an 's'. Practise is a verb. Practice is a noun. e.g. a doctor, lawyer or accountant practises in a practice.

or 'I practise the piano' BUT 'I do piano practice."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b.gomez555

I had never heard of such a thing so I had to google it. It turns out that in North America (where I live), people use practice both as a verb and a noun. People outside of America use practise,

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

We live and learn! I would never question American English v. English (UK), which I prefer to refer to as English ! lol.

But, one thing I know to be true; there are many words in English today that went over to America, were 'incubated' into something slightly different, returned to England (UK) where they are still used, whilst falling out of use in the US. (I don't think 'practise' is one of them.) There are many words in English today, which we as native speakers don't even realise are American. I think we should all be proud of our rather marvellous little language. I hope you don't mind but I'd like to add you as a friend.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b.gomez555

Don't mind at all :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ejieme

Interesting idea. I think I might try this and see how it works for me

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

Thanks for the post :)

4 years ago