How should I improve my Spanish listening?
I am planning to take DELE B1 exam in the coming November. I have been practicing with cronometro but i cannot catch up with the listening ex. I have been doing this for some time but so farno improvement.How can i improve listening skills strategically? Please give me some advice,thx a lot.
Well, I can find no better way in improving your listening skills than watching various material in the language you are studying, in this case spanish.
There are loads of videos on YouTube (documentaries, interviews, shows, series) as well as movies (add a spanish subtitle too, if that makes you feel better ;-) ) and there you go.
That's what I myself am doing, at least - and it works like a charm!
Next thing you could do is try Verbling (https://www.verbling.com/community), join a Hangout and start speaking. There's always at least one Spanish-oriented room... ;-)
I don't know how high your level is but maybe watch films with Spanish audio, watch Spanish TV shows, listen to Spanish music, find a Spanish friend to Skype with, etc.
Here at Duolingo, every time something is recited in Spanish by the bot listen first at least once, try to understand what was said, and then check yourself w/ the text. (I probably wouldn't do this for timed practice, however.) After a week or two it should really help.
Also, try the Spanish material at www.bliubliu.com . The bot there is not so good as the one here at Duo, but if you follow the same procedure there--listen first and then check what you heard against the text--you should fairly soon notice improvement.
The main thing is to listen lots to material that is not way beyond your current abilities.
¡ De nada ! The nice thing about listening is that often it gets better a lot all of a sudden. It isn't so much a gradual thing, but instead goes in "jumps," you might say So just keep on working at it every day, and you ought to make plenty of progress by November.
I signed up for Camino Del Éxito, from studyspanish.com (by signed up, mean $$ paid...). But it's a CD/MP3 based learning program, so it's all listening and imitating. A good complement to the more reading/writing implementation of DuoLingo.
I also listen to a lot of spanish music, and watch UniVision! It all helps, but understanding a native speaker talking fast is pretty hard!
If you have Netflix they have lots of movies and TV shows with Spanish audio and Spanish subtitles. I know of the series Arrested Development, Lilo & Stitch, and Pocahontas (I watched that one yesterday :D). I'm sure there are lots more if you have the patience to look for them :)
I have Netflix but I have not been able to find any shows/movies in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles. How can I search for movies that are in Spanish and does anyone have any suggestions?
I don't know how to search for them :/ sometimes I just come across a movie that has Spanish audio/subtitle capability.
Netflix is great but unfortunately it is not available in my country. I live in Hong Kong. :( pero muchas gracias.
I listen to Spanish radio stations on my way to work. All the speakers in the ads and the talk show hosts enunciate very clearly. Also, just like most pop music, the songs are very repetitive, so the music helps too. I found my first station accidentally, and I Googled my city and state with "Spanish radio" to find my second station.
Listening to native speakers is the last thing (I don't mean not at all, I mean, do this last) you should do if you can help it. Most native speakers talk more colorfully and don't really stick to traditional spanish. I agree with everyone here, but don't forget the news, soap operas and commercials (TV/radio), because those people are paid to enunciate clearly, evenly and in standard spanish. HBO Latino and MTV tr3s are helpful because they often go back and forth with and without subtitles, allowing you to listen and look at the subtitles to see if you are correct.
I started using www.Notesinspanish.com yesterday to help my listening. Many many podcasts where this couple from Madrid do conversations with eachother. I started from beginner and am able to understand fully while learning new things because they go over the special vocabulary they'll be using in english before they start conversing. I also listen to any spanish music i find on youtube. First listen to it while looking at the lyrics (maybe just the first verse and chorus) then 2. compare the english to the spanish lyrics then 3. listen to it again just looking at the english lyrics then 4. look at the spanish lyrics and associate those foreign words with the pictures and ideas in your head as you listen without thinking of any english. So instead seeing somingthing like corro and thinking of the words "i run" and then imagining the idea of running, immediately go from the foreign word to it's associated idea without relying on the translation of the word to trigger the idea.