Shadowing

  • This is a new technique that I have learnt that helps to address what is usually lacking in your language studies if your an introvert like me and really dislike talking to people.
    1. You need to get hold of some clear audio (an audiobook) that is at your current level.
      You also next to get hold of the corresponding text (e and physical is the most beneficial but you choose which is the best for you).
      Next you need a recording device, there is one on your phone.
  • When choosing your text make sure that the subject matter is interesting to you otherwise it will not be as useful to you and you will be wasting your time.

      Have the text in front of you and listen to the audio at the same time.
  • If you are someone like me this is quite difficult because I absorb information at light speed. I’m not really reading but seem to pick up the gist as quickly as a sponge sucks up water. (Most of the time)

    1. In this example though we are going for pronunciation practice here. So we’re trying to assimilate as much of the sound in terms of its physical qualities. By that I mean it’s intonation, spacing, pitch, rhythm, accent, emotion etc as possible. All of the different components are important here to get an authentic sound which is what we are aiming for.This is so that we can repeat it into the recorder as accurately as possible. This round is on a phrase by phrase basis.
      Then we try to repeat as much of it as possible listening to the audio recording from the beginning again. This is so that we can get a flow to the whole piece rather than isolating each sentence.
      Next we are going to compare our recorded speech with that of the prerecorded speech to check for differences.
      Finally we repeat the process until we cannot distinguish our own speech from that of the recording. (This maybe optimism as you may get bored if this doesn’t happen quickly).

    Again if you are like me, your reluctant to listen to your own voice recordings because what you hear doesn’t sound anything like you think you sound. It’s sounds pretty awful as it’s weak, pathetic and indistinct a bit like a newborn mewling kitten.

    This is the link if you wish to learn Russian from Max its creator Shadowing.

    If you have been following my blog you will know that this approach is next to impossible to apply in Greek. I have recently found audio books on YouTube but I have had to separately purchase the e and physical books from Amazon. It took quite some time to arrive as even though they were on Amazon UK, it had to be shipped from Germany.

    I have started to follow a lady on WordPress un petite bibliophile (this platform unless your reading this on my fb page) who reviews Greek children’s books in Greek. However, without access to the texts themselves; they are of limited use to me for this particular technique. They are simple children’s books but they can still teach valuable concepts. I like to use them for grammar and reading practice. It helps my comprehension and understanding having her texts there to consult.

    Best wishes

    Angela

    Comments

    4 comments on “Shadowing”
    1. Russian with Max is brilliant, his way of teaching could be applied to any language.

      RE shadowing , my experience has been with verbs, the point Max was making in his earlier tutorial on verbs; doing the actions help you (especially for persons of verbs; e.g. I/we, you/y’all/he,she,it/they). When you get that hacked, chuck in some vocab (remember to mark stems of verbs)

      RE Greek, why would it be next to impossible? Greek grammar doesn’t strike me as bad, fewer cases, aspect is expressed by the ‘stem’ rather than two separate verbs . In Greek there’s the ‘aorist’ stem for aorist (perfective past (preterite in Spanish or past perfective of Russian) & present or imperfective stem for present & past imperfect. The present indicative and subjunctive use the same set of endings. The past tenses use another. The future tenses are ‘compound’ usin ‘tha’ or ‘na’.

      It would be great if there was a Greek with Max or a Spanish with Max equivalent.

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      1. Yes it would be the best thing since sliced bread if there was a Spanish or Greek with max. Sadly there isn’t but I do someone who has copied max with his grocery or cellphone vocabulary videos.
        The reason it’s so difficult with Greek is that the only things that I have found in e book, audio and physical form are the Bible and the little prince.

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    2. So, you can do speed reading – a feat I have been trying to achieve !

      I find speed “thinking” can pose an incompatibility, when brain has gone too far in the thought alley while its physical coordination like writing is lagging behind, or vice versa. A result can be swapping of two consecutive letters in words or two words in sentences – actually brain skips one to go to next fast, but later realizing its skip returns to previous.

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      1. I was just kinda born with it I guess. It’s different if you learn it I think. Yes reading, thinking, writing are all different skills which the brain sometimes confuses. Depends on your strengths and weaknesses.

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