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It sounds Weird But Is Listening To Spanish Without Understanding Can Help Me Learn it ?

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I've done that for the past six months, and I have to say it really works! I listen to Spanish radio most days, I watch a Spanish learning video on youtube every morning, and I do tree lessons in Spanish daily. When I watch the youtube videos I will often keep Google Translate handy, pause the video at key points and look up new words/phrases often.

You have to keep learning things in a somewhat formal way, but just the passive act of hearing Spanish sentences formed on a regular basis will go a long way toward comprehension. In fact, I would say it is not only necessary, but essential to the immersion process.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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well , guess there is still hope :p & if u can suggest any tv series or movies that can help it'll be very nice of u , Overall I really appreciate your advice, thanks a lot :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I'm going out tonight, but I'll post a few links for you tomorrow morning. I'm sure you will find something you like :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Okey no problem :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2
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I don't know how much it will help if you literally understand nothing, but I can definitely say that it will be helpful once you can pick out even a little bit.

You'll hear words that you have only encountered in lessons, and hearing them in a real world context will help them stick into your mind. You will also become better able to hear the structures of words, rather than just a stream of undifferentiated sound. Also, you'll be exposed to more different accents and voice types.

So, I'd suggest that you should definitely listen when you can. It will help your listening comprehension, which is often a difficult skill.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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That was interetsting , I am trying to watch my fav series in Spanish , I even watch The Simpsons ( Los Simpsons ) xD , Not understanding everything but I hope it'll get better , thank u for sharing you advice :) .

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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If you are interested in listening to music to help you learn, a really fun site is Lyrics Training. You can search for a song you like and your level of difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) and as you listen to the song, you will see the lyrics on the screen. Depending on your level, some words will be left out, and you will have to fill them in.
It's a fun way to train your ear to hear the different words in the song.

On another note, I've heard that listening to music in your target language (if you understand nothing), won't really help your understanding, but can help you develop your ear for the language and the rhythm of it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brian_as_himself

Cool site : )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Nice site , and concerning the process of learning , for me I understand enough spanish to cope with a song if u know what I mean .. I am not saying that I understand everything , but I really get the general meaning , it's just a matter of practicing . & thanks a lot for the advice :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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In this case, I'd say listening to music can be very helpful :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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btw do u know any good tv series that can be helpful too ? :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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The much mentioned Extr@ series is pretty good for an advanced beginner. It's on youtube, so that's always nice. It's made for learners, so they speak clearly and slowly. I linked the Spanish version, but they have a few different languages available.. you just have to search for them.
A (Spanish) show that I like to watch is 100 Latinos Dijeron. It is the Spanish version of Family Feud. What I like about it is, they repeat the question multiple times (they repeat the question to each person), and if I still don't understand the question right away, as people make guesses, I can usually figure it out. I get it on my antenna (not even cable), but I'm sure there are other sources for it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Yeah I started to watch 'Extra' earlier and I really liked it it seems helpful , & for ur second suggestion I will take a look and keep u up with the news , thanks again :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/deepseasavage

In addition to all the great mentions ^^ national news programs are also a great way to immerse yourself. They usually speak in the neutral, universal way of the language and you also get to learn about the country the news program is from! Radio stations or television shows are excellent, although I am a bit partial to television shows due to the moving pictures.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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That's a good option too , thanks a lot :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/waffles38

I guess you already got the answers from above ^ but I thought you might like some classic Charlie Brown episodes in Spanish :) The first episode is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MCGcy5q2Yg&list=PLE15B9428AA76282A

There's a caption thingy along with every episode but DON'T TURN THEM ON. They're all baloney, rubbish, nonsense lol.

A month ago, I had no idea what the characters were saying but after 28 days of Duolingo, I could actually pick up some words and even partially understand what they're saying!

Good luck and have fun! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Oh thank you , & yes Duolingo helps a loooot

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https://www.duolingo.com/Niagy
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Perhaps to some extent. Some words might sound familiar to you, so you might be able to fill in the blanks. I do know that listening to things that you already know well, like your favorite song, in Spanish will help. Try listening to some songs you like on youtube in Spanish. It will help you connect English words to Spanish ones.

Also, one thing that has helped me is changing the language of apps that I know really well and use often to the language I am learning. you might try that also. Hope this helps some.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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I'm already listening to some songs and I'm totaly in love with them , & it's even better for me when I find an English translation of them in Youtube , like u said I find myself getting familiar with some words and experssions and it's getting better , now I'm focusing on watching spanish tv sries or even The Simpson without any translation . Concerning your idea I find it very smart , I will try it asap , Thank u so much :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Niagy
Niagy
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You're welcome. I hope it goes well for you.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MatiaSnow
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I think is useful listen spanish, maybe the radio, or a tv program, i am learning english and i do the same. i listen the bbc or another radio on my way to work. maybe you dont understand what it is saying but little by little you will able to sharpen your ear.

Sorry for my english

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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I got your point , that's what I am trying to do these days :) , and concerning your English Learning , the best way that worked for me is watching Tv Series & movies and listening to music with their lyrics , you'll notice the improvement in no time ! Thank u a lot for passing and Good Luck :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/brittanylee740

It helps to an extent. Try watching extra en español, it really helped me with understanding spoken Spanish. Also, mi vida loca which is an outdated bbc program that was helpful when i was just starting out. There's also language transfer for spanish, here's the first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OZbL91GXGI ¡Buena suerte!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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I will definitely try to watch them , thanks a lot for helping :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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I did that for a long time and I never understood a darn thing now that I am learning the language I understand things better than I did without learning the language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Hahahahaha well good for u :p , guess I will just enjoy my limited understanding & hope for the best :D , thanks for passing :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
Rozzie
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I just read an article on my favorite singer and understood 90% of what was written so keep working at the tree. It will all come together.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Oh Great ! Hope I get there soon , thanks ^^

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https://www.duolingo.com/EmanuelMunoz21

Not really because you would know how it is spelled to know the exact way to say it

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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I'm afraid I didn't get your point

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https://www.duolingo.com/EmanuelMunoz21

sorry i am new to this. I am doing spanish so i can secretly communicate to friends at school

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https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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You'd better be careful, you never know who else is going to understand the language :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/EmanuelMunoz21

And sorry for disturbing you

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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no problem , & good luck ^^ !

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https://www.duolingo.com/EmanuelMunoz21

gracias

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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De nada :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Synesthete24

Simple answer: Yes.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I think it's useful. Even if you don't understand you will hear the rhythm of the language, and eventually will be able to pick out individual words. Songs and ads are really good for this. Depending on where you are, the ads on Spanish language TV are pretty much the same as the ones on English language TV, so they make a good place to start.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Afaafe
Afaafe
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Okey , thanks a lot :)

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