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Joints to improve your conversational comprehension

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Today's entry is special. Why?

Because, in addition to three audios of real conversations y exercises super useful to practice the jointsis incorporated something new that we believe will help you improve your overall listening comprehension:

 

an audio in which you can listen to the text of this entry.

 

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In the previous entry we were telling you about the real conversations that take place in the linguistic exchanges and why they are not a guarantee of success in understanding real spontaneous conversations.

Today we would like to share with you two audios with fragments of those conversations and another audio of a CRR (real stolen conversation).

And, in addition to listening, we encourage you to improve your understanding of conversational Spanish with some exercises to practice WORD JOININGS.

We want you to work on the connections because it is one of the most difficult aspects to really understand.

The 95% of the people who have made the Conversational test had problems in understanding due to word unions. The theory may seem easy but it takes a LOT of practice for the unions to help you understand conversational Spanish.

We recommend the following exercisesYou don't have to do them all, choose the one(s) you like the most:

  1. Decide which audio corresponds to:
    • Skype conversation of a language exchange with a beginner level student.
    • Skype conversation of a language exchange with an advanced level student.
    • Actual conversation stolen (CRR 😎 😎 ) from a telephone conversation.
  2. What aspects have helped you decide to do so?
  3. Listen again to the audio of the phone call and choose two moments where word joins occur.
  4. Listen again to the audios of the exchanges, and choose a time when people put words together, and a time when people do not.
  5. Read the transcripts while listening to the audios, and look at the word unionsWhich vowels lose strength?
  6. Choose a phrase that has more than two joins. Use the program Natural Reader that we recommended in this entry and listen to the phrase at different speeds, faster or slower than what you hear here. Do this with several sentences and try repeating them at different speeds. * You may also find it very helpful to do this with phrases from the text of this post 😉. 

 

AUDIO 1:  

 

AUDIO 2

 

AUDIO 3

If you want the transcripts and solutions to the exercises leave a comment below.

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