I'm learning English via listening to audio materials, such as "A murder is announced" BBC
radio program recorded. However, I'm quite bad at remember the names. After 3 to 5 minutes,
I'm soon lost at a "who is who" status.
For this piece itself, I could "do the homework" get all the characters from wiki. But in
general, how could I improve my "name recognition"? In everyday life, I'm also quite bad at
Hello, athos. As this would appear to be only your second post in almost 11 years, it may have escaped your attention that a "replacement" language forum was launched in July, 2015. You might wish to consider registering on the new forum and posing your question there. Here is the LINK: A Language Learners' Forum
As to your questions concerning "how to catch names" and "name recognition", I would have to admit that this poses a rather unique problem in "vocabulary" acquisition. If you can obtain a transcript of the audio recordings, obviously, this would be the shortest route. However, acquiring a more general knowledge of names requires a great deal of exposure, either through literature or audio sources.
I have noticed that, occasionally, some older language courses provide lists of "given names" with their pronunciation. While I have not take the time to research the matter, I do know that lists of "popular" given names can be readily found on the internet. As "diminutives" exist for many given names (e.g., Richard = Rich, Ritchie, Rick, Ricky, Dick, Dickie), hopefully, the lists will also provide the diminutives. It is also possible that some of these lists might provide a pronunciation guide. One way or another, you're going to have to do a lot of digging!
Another aspect of "names" is that, in certain cultures and sub-cultures -- and as far as I understand, this includes the British -- it is not at all uncommon for people to adopt more-or-less unique "monikers" which their friends and colleagues may, or may not, use when addressing them. Obviously, complicates the problem of "name recognition."
Now then, how to retain names? I have worked alongside people for several years and, upon being requested to introduce them to someone else, have been incapable of doing so because my mind "draws a blank"; so then, I cannot offer any advice.
I look forward to seeing you on the new forum.
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