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Listening to audiobooks in your target languages

Hey guys. I just wanted to remind you that doing this will help you a lot. Even if you are just a beginner, it will help you to get a clear idea of how the language sounds, cadence, sentence structure, etc... The goal is not to understand everything, but to let it all sink in while you do something else to get you used to the language. Don't pick a book you really want to read, because you may get furstrated. Even if you don't understand nothing at first, after some minutes you will get used to the accent and start to understand more and more words. I would pick a book with a story you are already familiar with, or even a book you've reread a thousand times.

Tip: Harry Potter is a very popular book and you're probably going to find it on youtube in a lot of languages ;)

Here's a link to Harry Potter in spanish. The narrator is very expressive and articulates the words really well, and the sound quality is very good too.

Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal: https://youtu.be/vnjmUlgWLGc

March 9, 2017



Yeah or watching Films in those languages


I like film better you can learn by picking up visual clues.


I quite like using audiobooks for practice, too, and it's become somewhat of a habit of mine to make Harry Potter 3 the first book I read in any language. On that subject, let me look through my bookmarks...

HP1 audiobook in Italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf8cDazuvpE

And in Portuguese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lVgfUE6Li4list=PLfQnj9ZH15xLAcgfVrxtV0vamRVnpOTLC

Hungarian (Book 2 on the same channel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut5r53Yit5E Book 3 (4-7 on the same channel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sOEjYxX_o8

And Book 2 in Danish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn0Cr19fpug

Book 3 in Russian (more on the same channel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIUNZGzt0g4

Book 5 in Swedish, but it seems some of the videos have been deleted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Y9b8AKzjUlist=PL75xCc8cyDD4QjLdxxAQy3cxDSV57jRC8index=13

Book 3 in German (the speaker, Rufus Beck, has become rather famous for these in Germany, btw): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3HEemDNFK4 Book 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RpGKIjggy4 Book 5 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIZn1OobzY8 Book 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxsfkE7I9k

Book 1 in French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6qHP4-OYrY Book 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2yz-1aEmhA Book 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIzoIO3EAbw Book 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II9fJQ1p2b8


Thank you so much!!! I know what I'm listening to this weekend! c:


Thanks, really useful!


Great post, thanks!




great reinder- you get a Lingot! I watched (listened to) Harry Potter Goblet of Fire yesterday while doing laundry.. if you already know the story ... most of my favorite dvds contain spanish audio, it makes it so easy.


Thanks for posting. I'm gonna try finding the first Harry Potter book in French this weekend ^-^


Just wanted to add that if you listen on a Kindle you can change the playback speed to slow it down.


Nice thread! "The Little Prince" is also something that's been translated into a ton of languages and is good to listen to on audiobook. It's also much, much easier than Harry Potter, which is nice.

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