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Martien
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 Message 1 of 35
15 June 2005 at 5:37am | IP Logged 
I saw the word "shadowing" in several topics and replies but it is not very clear from the context what it means. Could anybody give me an explanation (or a link to a place where it is explained :) )
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15 June 2005 at 5:59am | IP Logged 
Find the links to the topics on shadowing here
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Martien
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 Message 3 of 35
15 June 2005 at 6:50am | IP Logged 
Iola thank you for your answer but I am afraid it doesn't make it very clear for me yet because there are a lot of topics that discuss shadowing but I cannot find a description of wat they mean with it. Does just mean something like imitate conversations or learn dialogues from a language method by heart? I don't like asking questions when the answer can be found somewhere in a forum thread or on the web but a (short) explanation would be very welcome :)
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15 June 2005 at 7:21am | IP Logged 
Martien,

Shadowing is repeating either silently out loud parts of a dialogue as you listen to them.

I used to do this with my Linguaphone courses before I found out it had an "official" name.

Andy.

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 Message 5 of 35
15 June 2005 at 7:44am | IP Logged 
Shadowing is very good because it helps you to get the spound profile of lexical chunks - regardless of your level.
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15 June 2005 at 8:39am | IP Logged 
Thank you Andy it is perfectly clear now :)
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 Message 7 of 35
16 June 2005 at 6:43am | IP Logged 
Ardaschir wrote:
"Shadowing" means that you say what you hear instantaneously (rather than in a pause thereafter, as in the FSI methods), preferably while in motion, at least while pacing your room, but ideally while walking in the woods.


Ardaschir explained it in the first topic you could find at the end of the link I gave you. Are you sure you read them? Any way, I'm glad you got the answer now. It is a useful concept.
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 Message 8 of 35
17 June 2005 at 4:13am | IP Logged 
Iola, all the info I got - thanks to your link - was indeed very useful but somehow I didn't get a clue about the exact meaning of the term, so both your list with all the forum items and the short description by Ardaschir were very helpful. It turns out that I often do so when listening to language tapes. I cannot do it when walking in the woods because I don't possess a walkman or mp3 player but since I live alone I often shadow while washing dishes, cooking etc :) Thanks anyway

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