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Hello friends,

After taking a foundational interpreting class last year, I found that I am more comfortable with interpreting from my native language (Chinese) to my second language (English) than the other way around. I found that the reason is I have a harder time understanding spoken English, so I decided to focus on improving my English listening skill.

Would the technique of "shadowing" help? Some online articles such as this: ( suggest that shadowing is en effective way to improve your listening skills, others confront that shadowing is not a preferred practice because you aren't making any effort in thinking about or understanding the spoken words.

I would appreciate if anyone could shed some lights on this. Thank you.

Regards, Ricky

asked 19 Mar '13, 01:22

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Ricky Yu

edited 19 Mar '13, 05:11

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Dear Ricky, The link you have posted does not seem to work - could you please check it again? Thank you Almute

(19 Mar '13, 05:01) AlmuteL

I have nearly the same condition as you do. I am very comfortable with Persin-English Interpreting and I find it easier than English-Persian Interpreting. As a student and practitioner, I think shadowing helps less than the other exercises like summarization and paraphrasing.I find the two techniques much more effective than shadowing. Shadowing gives me a sense of proficiency since it is easy to do but when I wanna transfer from shadowing to interpreting, I see the weaknesses of imitation. I also find sight translation more effective than shadowing although it has no listening element.

(20 Mar '13, 00:40) Mohamad Iman...

The question has been closed for the following reason "This is a duplicate question. You'll find the answer at" by Delete 19 Mar '13, 05:08

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