The idea as I understand it is to force yourself to listen closely, to overcome your automatic 'tuning out' of non-English sounds.jackb wrote:Dictation/transcribing, and shadowing are supposed to be good for this.
These techniques don't address the problem if you can't parse the words.
Finding the ou in this video is the problem I'm working on. Shadowing this sentence doesn't work because I can't shadow a word that I don't 'hear'. In this case, it's more a realization that it's stuck to the end of planifié.
I've been doing something similar with some French Voices podcasts (not videos) and free transcripts. The host speaks kind of slow sometimes, but her guests are from all over the world and speak like regular people.
It's a tedious process, but very helpful.
Drawing on the right side of the brain presents a similar technique for drawing, you concentrate on the details rather than the whole.