【Language-Learning】The difference between Parallel-Reading and Shadowing I noticed

【Language-Learning】The difference between Parallel-Reading and Shadowing I noticed


【Transcript of Podcast Episode #102】

Hi everyone, this is MT. I`m a language learning advisor,

English coach as well as multi-language learner myself. 

Today, I`d like to talk about the difference I am noticing between shadowing and parallel-reading.

I mentioned several times here that I‘ve been doing parallel reading every day for quite some time.

You know, I`ve noticed that parallel reading, which requires to read aloud while reading and listening to the passage, and shadowing, which only requires listening, train different skills.

When I am doing parallel reading, I try to memorize pronunciation and intonation as looking at the written material, and when I am doing shadowing, I am not supposed to look at the writing, I just listen to the recording. It makes me concentrate more on the sound and noticed I was thinking about the content while  shadowing. 

You need to read and listen at the same time when doing parallel reading, so I think you don’t have or I don’t have time to pay attention to the content.

One thing I want you to keep in mind is that it is important to understand the content of the passage you are shadowing on that day. So, it is an inevitable step to understand the content properly.

Also, you should practice words and phrases that is hard for you to pronounce several times until you feel comfortable saying those words.

Once you are able to say those words and phrases easily, you are able to do parallel reading or shadowing without a problem.

I talked about my everyday parallel-reading routine in my episode #96 “What I think about parallel reading after doing it for 30 days”. If you are interested, please check it out.

I`ve decided to do this parallel-reading routine, every day for 25 minutes. So, I have one practice that I cannot include in my routine, but I am sure I will, because I am sure it will help language-learning.

My current routine ends with recording myself reading the passage but I know it is better to write down the passage you were working on at the end of your routine without looking at or listening to the it.

I am gonna try that 2, 3 times a week.

Actually, I am thinking to do it one day after the practice day.

In that way, you can tell how much you still remember and I think it is a great idea because you can remember the words or phrases more or longer if you try to recall them.

OK, so I am gonna try that, and If you haven’t done that, you can try that too, I guess.

All right, that`s all. Thank you so much for listening, and I hope to see you next time. Bye! 





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