Improving My Listening Skills

One of my biggest problems with German is being able to understand spoken German.  I seem to struggle more with listening exercises than the rest of my class do.  Therefore, this is one area I really need to spend more time working on.  Speaking German with my colleges is helping but they talk at a much faster speed than I am used to and at a much higher level, naturally, than my measly mid-A1 level.

However, I have found a free podcast by Deutsche Welle called Radio D which so far I’m enjoying. It is aimed at A1 learners and uses a mixture of English and German with the German audio played once through, then broken down and explained in English and then played through again which I find really helpful.  Each episode is only 15 minutes long and can be downloaded onto your iPod or listened to on your computer.  There are also PDFs of worksheets that accompany the episode if you want to combine listening with reading and writing skills.

I admit that the premise of the Radio D podcast series is a little cheesy but nowhere near as bad as other ones I have encountered. It is aimed more at junior high school (12-14 year olds) learners than adult ones.  However, since it is free, I’m not going to complain.

I’ve worked my way through 5 of the 26 episodes they have at A1 level (they then have 26 more episodes aimed at A2). I’ll let you know if I see any improvement in my ability to understand spoken German after completing the whole series.

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About Meg

A thirty something queer Aussie geek girl who now lives in Germany.
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4 Responses to Improving My Listening Skills

  1. Fiona says:

    Great idea :)

    (plus I wouldn’t be surprised if you had some degree of central auditory processing difficulties given your Asperger’s)

    • Riayn says:

      You got it. Yes, I do have an auditory processing disorder, so that does make things a little tougher but not impossible. I just need to work a little harder at my listening skills.

  2. shoegirl says:

    Oh man, I hear that! I find I can speak better than I can comprehend, which I’m sure has something to do with that hearing test I failed when I was in my early teens. Yay for even more hurdles to learning an already crazy-difficult language! Thanks so much for the link – I know I could really use this extra help!

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