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Who loves the Audio Review files? How do you use them?

Posted by SF_Rachel July 25, 2012 in the Group General Discussion .

I don't live in China and I don't get a chance to speak much. My speaking ability is far, far, far behind my reading and listening comprehension. So I need the Audio Review and the shadowing particularly badly. But I feel like I've never figured out how to make use of the audio review. I don't want to sound like I'm just complaining: over my time as a subscriber I've seen plenty of comments from people who love it, so I figure it's time for me to try and understand why and if any of you have any tips that will work with my study style.

My main issue with it is really two different kinds of audio exercises at VERY different levels of difficulty / achievability.

The vocabulary part is not challenging, even for me and my poor speaking ability. Which can be fine for something you're going to do just once, but I'd never want to do it twice for any lesson. The pacing is easy, there's plenty of time to guess the word before Connie reads it back, and there's plenty of time after she reads it to repeat it after her to perfect your pronunciation.

The sentence part is crazy challenging! The pauses are not nearly enough time for me to say the sentence, and I fear if I tried real shadowing I'd be not really hearing the rhythm and overall sentence intonation, and thus not mimicing it properly when I repeat it. And that's what I really want to get out of the audio review: full-sentence intonation and rhythm. One word at a time, I think I've got nailed.

Considering how riduculously slow the vocab part is (even when Jenny says "Now, let's try that faster!" it's not fast at all, is it?), I'm just suprised they don't do each sentence two times or make the pauses about 40%-50% longer. Note that I'm not asking Connie to speak slower! :-) Obviously, her naturally-paced speech is the main benefit!

Doing the vocab part more than once is a big waste of time for me; but I need to do the sentences 3 or more times to feel like I get anything out of it. So overall, just listening to the Audio Review multiple times is not efficient and in fact deeply frustrating. 怎么办?





















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