Finally, I had listening material that excited me, transcripts to help me understand, and was learning new vocabulary and natural grammar faster than ever before
I spent every day listening, because I’d finally found something enjoyable, that worked!
I soon found myself enjoying my own conversations much more because I wasn’t struggling to listen anymore - I was able to cope with listening to fast speech.
I even felt happier and more positive in my life, as I was able to finally able to relax and appreciate the beauty and music of the language.
And it was all because of one simple principle: Comprehensible Input.
• Audio content that I loved
• At just the right level
• With transcripts and translations to read along
By this time I had a popular blog and podcast about language learning, and many people were starting to ask about the secrets of improving their listening skills, so they could progress towards more advanced levels in a language.
Of course, I would tell people what I'd learned.
I would explain the theory of Comprehensible Input, the importance of listening to natural language while reading the transcript, and the importance of finding compelling material that was exciting to study with.
I would tell people that...and then they would say: “That’s fantastic! I know what I have to do! Now, where can I get this material?”
And I had no answer for them.