zenmonkey's multilingual adventures of a traveller

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Postby zenmonkey » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:36 pm

This entire week has been busy, I somehow got stuck on Pimsleur Unit 25 did some intense Audacity stuff with it (more on that) and ... stopped studying anything! well, Brun Ugle and I did have our exchange, I did a little German talking and a few Anki crds but nothing like the last weeks. I'm busy starting another entrepreneur project and the team there needed a lot of work to get going.

So tonight, I thought I'd write a little about the Audacity work that I did because I found something interesting (for me), that I thought I might share.

First off, Pimsleur Unit 25 kicked my butt. And I wasn't going to take it - so I decided to do a echoing exercise as somewhat described by Kjellin. Here the objective is to repeat sentences for prosody, understanding and recognition a gazillion times. More or less.

In Audacity, I found that i could use the Sound Finder function to tag all of the individual sentences.

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A little fiddling around and the settings I found worked best are:

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The key being the minimum duration of silence between sounds (0.200). That created tags for all the content, I then went through the sound file and deleted all the English sentences. About 15 minutes to get close to 200 sound segments.

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Then multiple exports and a really nice set of sentences (with some repeats) that I can either work on standalone or enter into Anki.

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Now I just need to go study!
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Re: zenmonkey's multilingual adventures of a traveller

Postby cjareck » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:44 pm

That is exactly the way I prepare audio for my flashcards. It really helps to learn the correct pronunciation.
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