Seeing the mouth, teeth and tongue when listening?
I find it quite difficult sometimes to replicate the consonant sounds in Gaelic. It struck me just now that it'd be cool to be able to see a gaelic speaker's mouth/tongue movements when learning the words. I've been watching BBC Alba to try and get that effect but I'm not fluent enough to follow much of what they say yet. Just some thoughts :)
It's a funny thing, but if I can't make out what's being said I often look away from the screen and then the words seem clearer somehow. I do sometimes listen, then speak along with the audio file a few times to try to copy it. I only do that with the clearer speakers though.
I don't know why that is. I don't even need to close my eyes, just looking away from the screen and not focussing my eyes does it too. Maybe it frees up more brain for the auditory process? But I thought the auditory cortex was separate from the optical processing system.
I remember once arguing with my godson about whether or not a particular actress was saying a line. The face could be seen, but she was so disguised as to be unrecognisable. He said, don't look at her face, look away. I did, and at that point my brain supplied the clear information that this was indeed the voice of the actress in question. Maybe a neurologist knows how that works.