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Dictates in conversational Spanish

\Òconversational dictationsÓ

Do you remember any of the dictations of your classes language? 

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I'm sure you do! 

And I'm sure that have helped you to a greater or lesser extent, right?

I remember many dictation moments in my life: as a child in Spanish language classes, sitting at the desk, listening to the teacher over and over again; and those that I myself have dictated to my students in class (and still do!). 

That is why I am well aware of the advantages of dictation. There are also disadvantages, or rather, inadequate uses of this practice.

I suppose that when I say "dictation" you think of "teacher, dictate; student, copy literally and completely". This is the traditional dictationbut there are many types of dictation. In one of the last training courses we attended, Daniel Cassany gave us a number of great ideas of what they are called today".open dictation\", i.e., dictations in which the following questions arise countless variations:

  • Who dictates.
  • Who chooses the text.
  • How is the voice dictating (clear and slow, or at the speed of light 😀 ).
  • The listener writes all or part of it.
  • Who corrects the dictation.

 

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From the point of view of real informal conversations, dictations are a great tool for ear training. They are useful because you need to practice and control your comprehension, you need to understand what you are being told, you need to put into words what you hear, and you need LOTS of listening practice.

 

Conversational dictation

For all of the above reasons, today we present you with the following".conversational dictation\”.

Can you imagine what they can be like?

They could be in many ways, of course, but we have created two types of these in particular:

a) You listen to single sentences at two different speeds and write down everything you are able to understand. Afterwards, you can check your answers.

 b) You listen to a short excerpt of an RRC (at real speed) while you read the transcript and try to complete it. Afterwards, you check your answers. 

 

Ready or prepared for action? 😎 

 

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Real speed sentences

Listen to them 1 to 5 times and write down what you hear. 

Audio 1

Audio 2

Audio 3

Audio 4

Audio 5

Sentences at a slower speed

Do you understand the whole sentence better? Add or modify what you wrote above.

Audio 1

Audio 2

Audio 3

Audio 4

Audio 5

 

Transcription of the audios.

Does what you wrote correspond to what you read below? Check your answers. 

Audio 1

He told me that they go to the beach many times.

Audio 2

A group of parents who go to the beach gather there.

Audio 3

Maybe on Tuesdays tortilla de patatas con pan. 

Audio 4

Well, we are interested in meeting people like that.

Audio 5

Yes, if we are going to meet her.

 

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Fragment of an RRC at actual speed

Listen to it and fill in the blanks. 

Contextualization:

Two people, a woman and a man, talk about the term "computer science" (as a profession and studies) and "computer engineering". In Spain it is more common to hear the former than the latter, unlike in English; although, in practice, they mean the same thing. 

Audio:

Woman: Yes, I haven't heard anyone say just engineer [(computer)].

Man: [No] besides I don't think it's engineering /it's called that engineering because otherwise they would study it at the /________________________ /but→ I don't know↓.

MWhere do they study it?

H: _____________ have their Faculty of

M: Ah

Hcomputer science

Mof computer science

HMn / Besides, in Granada we did have a separate building / there.

M: With the geeks (laughs)

H: No no no / in one campus or another ______________________ / then there was the science one notice they were not even in the science one / _______________ / further away ↓

M: With the Teleco and so on, right?

H: Well, it can be / ____________ ↓

 

Full transcription of the fragment

Woman: Yes, I haven't heard anyone say just engineer [(computer)].

Man: [No] besides I don't think it's engineering / it's called engineering because otherwise they would study it at the /. in the engineering building /but→ I don't know↓

MWhere do they study it?

H: I believe that they have their faculty of

M: Ah

Hcomputer science

Mof computer science

H: Mm / Besides, in Granada we did have a building / there separately

M: With the geeks (laughs)

HNo no / on one campus or the other  is that there are several campuses / then there was the science one, look they weren't even in the science one / were in another / further ↓

M: With the Teleco and so on, right?

H: Well, it can be / what do I know ↓

 

Reflect...

Which words did you understand correctly the first time? Why do you think this was the case? 

What did you not understand despite hearing it several times? Why do you think this was the case? 

Have any words appeared that you didn't know? 

 

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