Day: October 8, 2018

Focus of the week: listening exercise

Why I find it so hard to improve my listening I am used to roughly dividing listening practice into two different activities: Passive immersion: just let an audio run in your target language, you don’t have to pay special attention to it or try to understand what it says. Active study: work on a short audio adapted to your level. You can either look up words, write down what you hear or repeat after the speaker, etc. Being the lazy person that I am, I have always wanted to believe that doing the first activity would be enough to improve my listening. As language learners, we certainly all have heard stories of, or know people who have learned a language by watching films or listening to their favourite music band. Every time I hear such a story, it revives my faith in passive learning and I feel motivated to immerse myself in a Japanese environment. The thing is that it never really worked for me. Listening passively to Japanese never seemed to have helped me …