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Another use for Librivox recordings

Posted: January 5th, 2006, 7:26 pm
by raouf
As I was listening to the recent installments of the German readings of "Maerchen von den Gebrueder Grim", it occured to me there is yet one more good use for these recording:
Most learners of foreign languages are familiar with the multiple trip to the media lab to listen to recordings by native speakers.
Labs were busy, headphones were unreliable, tape got entangled, etc...
Now this can be done easily using librivox recording off your iPod while following the hard copy of the text.
Or you could use a laptop for both reading and listening,
how easy is that?

Posted: January 5th, 2006, 7:51 pm
by hugh
you bet!

Posted: January 5th, 2006, 8:44 pm
by LibraryLady
Absolutely. I've gotten some feedback from listeners to my Pride and Prejudice podcast who say they are learning English and they appreciate a clear reading of a well known text to read along with. Definitely another useful use!

Posted: January 5th, 2006, 8:54 pm
by kayray
Yup, when I have time I plan to listen and read along with Rainer's Communist Manifesto in german -- should improve my vocabulary and pronunciation!

Posted: January 6th, 2006, 7:13 am
by hugh
and your political purity, comrade!

Posted: January 6th, 2006, 8:08 am
by vee
My wife is originally from Korea and has already latched on to a couple of favorite readers. (Apparently I'm not one of them :) ) She's using them to improve her accent and pronunciation. It had been getting worse lately because a lot of her coworkers have asian accents as well.

Posted: February 19th, 2006, 8:58 am
by Fox in the Stars
Necroposting and perhaps pointing out the obvious...

But the recordings may be helpful not just for learning a second language but for learning a first. When I was small, I had some of those "read-along" storybooks that came with a record or cassette, and I could recite my favorites. In hindsight, I don't think I knew where imitating the recording ended and reading the book began, but I think it definitely helped me learn to read.

Posted: February 19th, 2006, 9:13 am
by ChipDoc
It's often a good to bring these old threads back from the dead, Fox. I love listening to these things and have downloaded most of them. I keep shuffling them around because my Zen Micro holds only 5 gigs.

Reading along would be a wonderful way to modify an accent; particularly here since there are SO many different accents!

Posted: February 19th, 2006, 12:52 pm
by LibraryLady
This ties in perfectly with a book I just read for one of my classes. Here's a link to it on Amazon: Reading Magic, by Mem Fox - but I highly recommend checking out her website for more about her and her brilliant research in literacy and how children learn to read. Website is here:

Posted: February 19th, 2006, 2:02 pm
by pberinstein
This is interesting. I had a listener from Taiwan say he was using the transcripts from my podcast on writing to help him learn English. He wanted me to transcribe the New Year's show featuring Hugh, Kara, Kristen, and Chris G. (That's a lotta work, but I still plan to do it.) I found that really amazing.

Posted: February 19th, 2006, 2:04 pm
by hugh

Posted: February 19th, 2006, 2:10 pm
by kri
hugh wrote:revoxer! see:
Bah that reminds me. I said I'd create a better design for that page. I'm woefully behind.