So far in my beginner stages of lesson learning, the biggest issue I have been running into is the ability to listen. Being able to read is not a problem for me even though I don’t know what is being said; I’m still able to read. But I struggle with listening skills. Like….struggle.
In my last study session, there was a dialogue at the end of the lesson. I read it to myself both silently and out loud. Then afterward, I listened to the audio of the dialogue. Let me tell you, you’re girl was completely LOST! I could not follow along what.so.ever. The speakers went through the dialogue so fast I thought it was on double speed, and I’m being so serious when I say that.
I replayed the dialogue about 4 times before giving up trying to follow along altogether. I couldn’t help but feel frustrated because I was truly trying, but the speed of speech for a beginner was just entirely too fast. I could not tell where one word ended and the next one began. Absolutely everything was slurred together to where it sounded like mush. When I was still trying to decipher the first word, the dialogue was already on the second line and the next person was speaking. I know this happens in every language but it’s so frustrating and if I’m being honest, very discouraging.
How will I ever improve my listening skills if I have no idea what I’m even hearing? Written words sound nothing like how they are spelled (in my opinion). At school, I try to pay attention to the way people move their mouths when they speak but it actually varies for each person. I’ve noticed quite a few people purse their mouths when they speak so that their lips look like they are puckering for the majority of the time they are talking. Then I see other people and their mouths move freely and wide. So what is the correct way? Is there even such a thing as the correct way?
*sigh* Frustrations, frustrations. I think improving my listening skill is going to be the toughest part of the journey.