Over the weekend I was studying Swedish.
In particular I was doing the listening exercises, which my Swedish mother-in-law kindly located on a recent visit to Stockholm.
For me, the listening comprehension exercises are the best bit!
The grammar, I can take or leave.
I’m lazy about learning vocabulary.
And my pronunciation is zero.
But I just LOVE being able to pick things out from a stream of fast speech and piece together the meaning as best I can.
Some of the exercises in my book have transcripts (great!)
Many don’t (shame!)
But they’re all useful practice.
Modern languages are, after all, primarily a SPOKEN means of communication.
You learn to listen and speak way before you learn to read and write, right?
So today, why don’t you try some more of our ‘old’ listenings, now upgraded with new tasks?
As always, I suggest you listen a few times, focusing on the task, WITHOUT the transcript.
Then listen again WITH the transcript.
As many times as you need to.
Use a dictionary to check unknown words, if you want.
Then finally, go back and listen one more time without the text support.
N.B. The above tasks are supposed to be A2 (pre-intermediate) level.
If you find them too easy, or too hard, you’ll find plenty of others here.
Don’t forget to order your copy of our latest ‘Ebook of the Classic Italian Movie’, Accattone.
Read it before (or after) tackling the movie, which is available on Youtube.
The reader will help you figure out who’s who.
It’s also another invaluable source of reading/listening practice!
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