James29 wrote:I think you are doing the right thing with your "transition." I was really into listening to audio books while following along with the text. I did several books that way. I thought that is what I would do for years and years. I bought several books and audio books for the future. Then I "transitioned" to just regular old reading without the audio. I had seen experienced language learners say that just reading would help me more than following along with the audio. I did not understand why. I get it now... it really is helpful to just read. Now, I have a bunch of audio books that I probably won't ever use.
I am enjoying your log as I am thinking of getting into French and would like to do it more or less the way you have done.
I'm not sure if I think one option is superior than the other, instead I think that both options help learners learn in slightly different ways. Just reading is extremely important because it gives the reader more time to figure out and comprehend the language on her/his own. Whereas with following along with the audio, a reader is more focused on sound/pronunciation and simply following at the pace of the speaker, which may not be at the pace that the learner can comprehend the text/language. What Rinv is doing seems like a great option: Just read the text once, then go through it again while listening to the audio. That way you get the best of both worlds. Obviously, that is all just my opinion.
Oh and thanks for the idea of slightly slowing down audio in audacity Rinv. I've never thought of that and it will definitely help me with a few things.