https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunsloth

Are your ears burning?

Language learning inevitably involves trying to eavesdrop on public transport. I feel like a real naff sort of spy when some Germans tourists board the train and they don't know that I know what they're saying. Real 007 stuff right there - I know all about which station they want to disembark at.

Spanish, on the other hand... today as I was spending my lunch break in a busy park, a woman comes and sits a few feet away and starts a phone call.

It seems like gossip about a friend, or an enemy, or maybe a partner. At a party. Or maybe at work. Or maybe it was a family thing. At any rate, for all my nosiness it sounded like this:

"she/he told me ... something something ... family ... blah blah blah ... opportunity ... blah ... exactamente... I think ... luchadora"

Great success, right??

How do you test your listening skills?

August 1, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

"something something...family...blah blah blah...opportunity...blah...exactamente...."

My Spanish listening in a nutshell. Very relatable.

So, since I live in America, I have access to a lot of Spanish channels. Those are fun. I watch the soccer games sometimes. I've also attempted to listen to the news.

I've found my Spanish is coming along a lot better than my French, but I don't hear French in daily life as much as Spanish. :(

Audiobooks are fun, too. Plus movies.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

My Spanish listening in a nutshell. Very relatable.

Exactly. I overhead a couple of women speaking Spanish in the train a while ago. I did not get much further than picking out a couple of words every now and then. It goes so fast.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunsloth

haha let alone picking up the preterito perfecto simple at that speed

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunsloth

I like the dubbed versions of shows, just cuz it's always an option of Netflix - and dubbing actors speak more clearly than original casts.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sasha01198

listening to the radio. I found a site once that had links to all sorts of local radio stations from all over europe. here's the link: http://listenlive.eu

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CoconutMermaid

I recently found the Mexican side of my family. (Mom is white and I grew up with her. Dad is Mexican and I only recently talked to him for the first time in my life.) I started back through my DuoLingo Spanish tree and brushing up on my skills, thinking I'd have a chance to practice with my aunts/uncles.....turns out not a single one of them are fluent. My grandparents are straight outta Mexico but my grandfather had the mentality of "We're Americans now. We speak English." So my aunts and uncles picked up a good deal, but not enough to be fluent... Huge bummer for me since I've been wanting someone to practice with for years now.

So I've gone back to eavesdropping too. Hahaha! A friend of mine used to go on a video-chat site and chat with people from Brazil while he was trying to learn Portuguese. He had a lot of success with that.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

Sunsloth, do you find that German listening is easier than Spanish listening? Do they speak slower/clearer? Or have you just had more experience with German?

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sunsloth

I'm fluent in German, I reached C1 two years ago :) Also in general, I find Germanic languages easier to understand than Romance ones - ever since school when I had to take German and French. French just sounded like... spoken squiggles

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

Apparently, Japanese (followed by Spanish) has the highest syllabic rate with German and Chinese on the other end of the spectrum.

However, the rate of information exchange is about equal.

Source: livinglanguage

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

That's a really interesting article. I have a friend learning Chinese and I remember her talking about how fast the language was spoken. Now I'm not so scared to listen to German anymore. :)

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Diamondkey414

anime and japanese tv with no subtitles

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GforGrand

"she/he told me ... something something ... family ... blah blah >blah ... opportunity ... blah ... exactamente... I think ... luchadora"

Great success, right??

Extremely relatable. After three years of learning Russian I spent about four months there. I thought my listening skills were pretty good. Not so. On the first tram ride into the city I stood listening to two old ladies chattering. I understood about five words. Man they talk fast. But then, after two months of speaking and hearing only Russian, I found I could not only understand them but was actually capable of having a conversation. Very rewarding! You just have to hang in there and not be afraid of making mistakes.

At home I try to listen to the radio and watch TV shows. Audiobooks help too. The more I expose myself to the language, the more I learn, so I try to combine reading, writing and listening as much as I can.

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/betsys2003

Haha yes! I was just in line in front of two French women today and I was trying to listen to their conversation in a way I wouldn't have actively tried to listen to two strangers speaking English. Didn't catch that much though!

I've also been watching a lot of Netflix shows in other languages (bonus, it's cool to see their cultures), which is less creepy. :)

August 3, 2018
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