Submitted by Hamed Nastaran, Bushehr, Iran
First you need to find an audio and its text. It can be a song and its lyrics, a movie with subtitle, or a book’s readings along with the audio track (The kind of reading with the target accent). Now depending on your English level; you may start from your desired step:
- Listen to the audio casually, don’t worry about the vague parts. At first it’s enough to just get the idea.
- Analyze it, look for details; check if you have any questions about it.
- Listen for the second time, and try to write what you hear. You may pause or rewind the audio.
- Revise what you wrote.
- Continue the cycle till you’re satisfied with the attempts.
- Check what you wrote with the original text.
- Correct you writing, then check with the audio.
- If you are a beginner, animations are more suitable for you since the voices are recorded in a studio.
- Try not to understand everything in the first attempt. Some times getting some distance is the key to understanding things better.
- Concerts are preferred to movies and songs since you can hear different pronunciations of a word in different circumstances.
- Try not to get used to using headphones; if you’re a beginner, you may get started with it to boost the process, but do not stick to it.
- Avoid using the original text instead of your draft in the last stage.