News in Spanish
For those learning Spanish (like me) and looking for a bit of a challenge, here are some ideas that may be useful - Learning to hear and understand what is said is a continual battle for most learners of a new language. Generally the news as seen on TV is extremely fast, and (unless I am the exception), difficult to follow because of its speed. What is useful, is to be able to read Spanish and hear it.
News in Slow Spanish is one way of getting your head around this:
Check it out!
This gives a slow version of the news article (and text to follow it, plus hints on difficult words or phrases), as well as a fast (normal speed) version to test yourself on afterwards.
Also try BBC Mundo, an all-Spanish site of the BBC, which has written articles in Spanish to be read, but under 'Lo más visto' has some news clips, also backed by some written background.
Me encanta News in Slow Spanish! También hay PodClub, una página alemán con podcasts en español, inglés, francés, e italiano.
I agree, the "real" newscasts are insanely fast and hard to follow. I can listen to a 1.5 minute video about three times and get the gist of it, but then I'm worn out :-/
I read about it today, here on Duolingo. I wish I could remember who posted it. But I listened to about half of one podcast and it's very similar to News in Slow Spanish as far as difficulty goes. It doesn't have all the extra stuff, like grammar, and flashcards, but it's free.
There may be an analogy with one method learning Morse code. The trick this approach uses is to send a letter very fast, but then leave a large break before the next word.
One technique I use with Duo Lingo is to NOT look at the screen after clicking "Continue", to increase the amount of hearing without first seeing the written text.