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08 June 2016 at 10:04pm | IP Logged 
I am learning Spanish as a hobby. I am on lesson 80 from assimil Spanish with ease.

One thing that is a barrier to my learning is the rate of native speech. If it was slower I would understand more because it takes about a second for me to understand a sentence, but with most native speech it flys by.

As I am only doing this as a hobby I am thinking about learning French because to me the rate of speech is much slower and easier to understand. I have checked out youtube on different subjects and French speakers speak a lot slower.

Any tips for listening comprehension for fast Spanish speech?

Thanks, Mike.
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09 June 2016 at 1:17am | IP Logged 
Hey we have pretty much all moved over to after technical
problems here so you might want to try posting over

Edited for typos.

Edited by Rhian on 09 June 2016 at 1:18am

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10 February 2017 at 7:12pm | IP Logged 
Franch is slower when measured in syllables per
minute, but French also packs more information per
spoken syllable. Many factors, including one's
mother tongue, vocabulary load etc. may contribute
to perceived speed difficulty.
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12 February 2017 at 1:41pm | IP Logged 
From my own experience in translation I can say language speeds are not really that different, especially with Spanish and English -- so I would say it is more a matter of getting used than a real problem with listening comprehension.

Assuming no big problems with the language itself (large vocabulary gaps or other stuff that would interfere and/or compound with the speed issue), I would recommend playing with matching texts and audio, either in the form of transcripts for show audios, book reading recordings, or anything similar.

If you have no problems with the written text, you only need to get familiar with it in its spoken form with the proper speed, intonation, etc. For that, a number of exercises can be done, but all I could mention off the top of my head are just variations of 'read, predict how it will sound, check with the recording' and 'listen, guess at the text, read, and repeat' in appropriately shorter or longer chunks to make some ongoing progress.

Edited by mrwarper on 12 February 2017 at 1:43pm

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