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When I close my eyes to hear the words they become clearer

E.T.s_Son
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I've been on Duolingo for awhile now and my method for learning French has been consistent. I usually go through a lesson and write down the words in my French Notebook and Index cards. I would then review what I've learned to engrain the new found knowledge into my brain so that I don't forget it.

However, I've still found it a little difficult to understand the words for what they are when the automated voice robot says a sentence; including when I replay the sentence in turtle speed.

Oddly enough, when I close my eyes it seems like I can hear the words better. I don't know why that is but it just works for me. I'm not saying whenever I go to France that when I have conversations with people that I'm going to close my eyes to reenactment sleeping to understand the natives word for word. LoL

Moreover, this method for me learning will help engrain the French words better so that later on down the line I will be able to hear the words for what they really are instead of what I think I'm hearing.

I remember watching this show either on the science channel or YouTube where this scientist was talking about how humans sometimes hear words wrong because they try to connect what the person is saying and how they are moving their mouth.

He did an experiment where a woman was repeating this "bah" sound where you could see her lips moving to the sound she was making. He then overlapped the video with her repeating another sound "vah" where your visual would interpret her lips as saying "vah" but in reality she's really pronouncing "bah". I know there's a term for it but I can't recall what it is.

Found the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbNbE4egj_A

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/cadilhac

Interesting; I do have to close my eyes too. FWIW, you are referring to the McGurk effect (e.g., http://youtu.be/G-lN8vWm3m0 ).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
E.T.s_Son
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Thank you for looking for the term. Now that I know the term I remember the original video off the show "brain games" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbNbE4egj_A

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FKrasniqi
FKrasniqi
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It's also sometimes useful to mouth the words that are spoken, I've found

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chopinfan

Interesting, I'll have to try that...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Coherency
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It's true that you can hear better with your eyes closed. While it may not seem this way to everyone, when you deprive yourself of one sense, the others naturally are boosted to make up for it. This is why people who are medically blind have stronger hearing and otherwise sentences, while people who are deaf tend to be able to use their sight and other senses better. Yeah, though, once you get to talking to French-speakers, it probably won't be the best thing to do to close your eyes while they're speaking.. Lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/curlyeric
curlyeric
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This is also why I like watching movies without subtitles. It's good to know the movie, but with subtitle I find myself spending too much time reading rather than challenging myself to understand the spoken dialog.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
E.T.s_Son
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Exactly! Its painful to sit through the whole movie without subtitles but I know I need to pick up the pronunciation of the words so I have to challenge myself

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jddar

Is there a way to turn off the subtitles while streaming Netflix films?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/curlyeric
curlyeric
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Sometimes, check the audio and subtitles options on the film, if no subtitle are listed it means they have been "burnt-in" to the video and can not be removed.

Many of the foreign films I have found on NetFlix have the english subtitles permanently on. I have better luck ripping DVD's from the library, the majority of DVD's I have found the subtitles are optional.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jddar

Thanks, I seem to always forget about the library. I'll go to see what they have in my small town library. I'm guessing there won't be much. Maybe/hopefully – I'll be wrong.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
E.T.s_Son
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This reminds me that I have a book due today at the library LoL

4 years ago