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

Slow Audio for learners

So I have been searching for slow audios to practice listening to french. So I found two wonderful resources.

1 - When I typed "dialogues en français" in youtube, I get hundreds of dialogues that I can listen all day.

At this point, I feel I'm a little more of an intermediate, so I tried to listen to livres audio, but I found that I'm not there yet. The audio is still too fast. While searching for a slower livre audio, I ran across a hypose book, and it hit me.

2 - I typed in "hypose" in youtube, and voila, a lot of audios where people speak slowly and steadily. Great, great resources for beginners.

What great about this is that it works in any languages. I typed "hipnosis" and got audios in Spanish. It's a little sleepy but the calming, soothing feeling is actually great to absorb the language. It teaches you to speak slowly yet naturally. The pronunciation is slow enough for you to repeat. So try to copy the pronunciation and intonation of the speakers.

January 11, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

I also ran across the same problem of fast audio and found the following resources:

To slow down any video: Video Speed Controller.

To slow down the audio on audiobooks from librivox while I follow along on the text they provide, I uploaded Music Speed Changer to BlueStacks on my computer.

I'm currently listening to fairy tales at low speed with the video speed changer app on my laptop inside of BlueStacks.

January 12, 2019

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

It works well for you? I find that slowing down a fast audio doesn't make the enunciation any clearer.

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

It's enjoyable to see all the different paths to reach the same destination.

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ohmygodwow777

I agree

January 12, 2019

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

Do you know this site? You might like it better. https://www.thefablecottage.com/french

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Yes, thanks, I enjoyed it when I was starting out.

January 12, 2019

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

So are you like B2 or C1 now?

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

I haven't taken a test. Because I know another romance language, Spanish, I can do very well reading and understanding videos (at slow speed). Writing and speaking are more difficult.

January 12, 2019

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

If you have to guess, what do you think your level is? My goal is to able to listen to audio books. I’m now able to listen to documentaries but audio books are still too fast for me.

January 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

No idea, I'm not concerned with level. Just improving day by day mostly by developing my French ear. The same way I learned English by developing my English ear. I never learned any conjugation tables.

January 13, 2019

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

audio books are still too fast for me.

Out of idle curiosity. If you watch them on YouTube and slow the audio down, does that help?

January 13, 2019

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

Hypnosis sessions are great for the slow talk!

Also great for hypnosis. I use them sometimes, although not in foreign languages. I'll have to try that.

January 11, 2019

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

The intonation and pronunciation are also great. They speak slow enough for us to repeat after them. It's really great.

January 11, 2019

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

I misread the title for this at first and thought it was "Audio for slow learners."

January 12, 2019

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

Well, this is my fourth year learning french, so I'm definitely a slow learner :-)

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hjh414399

Maybe not slow--maybe thorough!! :-))

January 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bri136137

For it's audio recording devices, Sony circulates freeware called sound organizer. It permits desktop replay, import and export. So if you download any audio files, you can import them into Sound Organizer. It comes with a dictation mode that allows you to slow down audio playback to facilitate dictation. Using this feature, you can set the speed to whatever works for you and then output that same file to your personal device to take on walks. If you download any audio content you can use this process to convert it all to your listening speed. You can also use the software to gradually speed up as your listening improves.

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ohmygodwow777

(off topic) how did you get 458 days streek? (I can't even get 30)

January 12, 2019

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

I'm going to make a video when I get to 1111.

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ohmygodwow777

Nice, and good luck

January 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bri136137

I set a goal of only thirty XP per day. Then I set a personal goal of two hundred XP per day and stay focused on that one. I have studied French several different times through my life so the bottom half of the tree is a refresher. Then I was very picky about clubs to join and found one with a good moderator and motivated members. I'm retired so I make time each day and set up reminders on my devices. My last name is actually LaFrance and I was born on July 14th. I'm putting all my effort into fluency after three years at this pace for which I will reward myself with a trip to France.

January 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hjh414399

you need to buy Streak Protection so that if you miss a day online you won't lose your streak! It costs 10XP for one protection so I'm sending you 20 so you can buy 2 days protection and by then you will have enough XP to continue buying for yourself! Also you can go to "Settings" under your Profile and change your daily goal to 10. Then every day you proise yourself to do 10XP--my guess is that once you are online you will be interested enough to do more than 10!! Good luck!

January 13, 2019

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

I have a love hate relationship with Streak protection. I think it should be like you can have a maximum of 5 or 10 streak protection for every 100 days. Some people have 1000 day streak but they use streak protection 2-3 times a week. That's pointless. Worse, these days if you lose your streak, you can buy it back.

January 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lafayette2076

Bonne suggestion!

January 13, 2019
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