audio lessons for the treadmill?
Being new to Duolingo, i'm going to ask something that's probably already been covered. I'm looking to put something on my ipod, that will compliment Duolingo. any suggestions? What about Pimsleur conversational cds?
I use Pimsleur in my car on the way home from work, and I find it a perfect compliment because the focus is on speaking and listening where as duoLingo focuses on vocab and grammer (at least at my stage of duoLingo... could be heavier focus on listening/speaking later). If you are walking on the treadmill you will find it a great program, but if you are running then it's probably not a good choice since you can't practice speaking and will have a harder time hearing the subtitles in pronunciations.
I also just saw an article on the forums discussing "Language Transfer - the Thinking Method". I haven't looked into this yet, but it looks like this may be an option when I'm working out or can't practice out loud (can't say for sure since I haven't listened to it yet).
Thanks. i'll order them tonight. it'll kill two birds. I find the treadmill very boring. maybe, now i'll have a reason to stay on it.
I ripped Winnie the Pooh movie, Wreck it Ralph, the Wire, Thomas the Tank Engine film, la Biblia, Batman animated, ParaNorman, Will Ferrell's Casa de Mi Padre and a number of audiobooks en español. Currently I'm really getting a kick out of an abridged dramatized version of Dracula. I plan on ripping the audio for the Sopranos and Juan de Los Muertos.
Check out these random phone conversations This site contains over 300 casual phone conversations in non-standard dialect . . . I found this extremely helpful. It goes beyond the usual "John is a green cat" "Where is the bathroom" stuff that you get from instructional CD/DVDs.
Go for it! I'm a huge fan of Pimsleur! I think it's a great idea. I used to do just that; I used to follow along one or two Pimsleur lessons on the treadmill as a cool-down after a workout. I think it's especially effective because I seem to be better focused on the material (and better able to recall the information later) if I process it while walking briskly. It also gave me a reason to stay on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes! I hate cardio, so without Pimsleur, I wouldn't last 5 minutes on the treadmill.
i did 40 min today reviewing the material that i transcribed into a notebook. so when i get my cds, an hour should be no problem. i hate cardio also, but at 60, have to use it or lose it.
they are basically just two people going back and forth in that language having a conversation with the occasional lesson. I don't think because I am very visual but if you learn by hearing then it it probably great.
i think understanding the spoken will be most challenging, but most practical for me.