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Shadowing Technique

yui_2000yui_2000 Posts: 37 ✭✭
Have you known this technique before?
I've tried shadowing technique for a month. I want to create a thread to discuss this technique and share the materials to practice.
For me, I use "Listening Practice Through Dictation" textbook to practice. I usually record 3 times like 3 steps in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T91p6pTPpSY
And do you think this technique is good or not?


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,349 mod
    I don't but I think @Frank might @yui_2000 at least in a psychological context.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,536 mod
    edited August 2017
    This is very interesting @yui_2000 @mheredge. I haven't seen this video before, but actually I use the underlying technique a lot. For example I play the podcasts of BBC's Six Minute English (http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/persian/features/6-minute-english) in my car whilst driving and shadow the words like it's explained in the video. This works very good for your pronunciation.
  • yui_2000yui_2000 Posts: 37 ✭✭
    edited August 2017
    @Frank Yeah, right. I knew that many people on the forum had used this technique.
    Do you feel it effectively? Thanks for sharing the source. I'll try out.
  • ZenZen Posts: 17 ✭✭
    edited August 2017
    Yes, The shadowing technique is good.
    I tried it some times. First time i tried when i was going for an interview.. I really like it. It's really fun when i see some one which doing this thing and also it makes fun when i use this technique. Usually when i did seriously conversation with my self in the front of the mirror. :D :D :D
  • yui_2000yui_2000 Posts: 37 ✭✭
    @zubair So did you mimic any audios? And did you record yourself?
  • ZenZen Posts: 17 ✭✭
    Yes @yui_2000, I did mimic but i haven't record it yet.
  • AndrewSotnikovAndrewSotnikov Posts: 55 ✭✭
    Yes, mainly this is good idea. In linguistics university, students investigate the text of EMINEM songs and try to repeat after him. I also practieced this technique many years ago but that was so difficult for me.
    I think every text what you want to repeat should be contrast, with containing more different words.
  • BellBell Posts: 47 ✭✭
    edited October 2017
    Very interesting video. Thanks for sharing. I usually shadow new individual words but I've never tried shadowing a whole video even if it's short. I will consider using this technique as I need to work more on my pronunciation as everything else. :)
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