Podcast#11: Spanish Study Woes
Before you listen
I’ve already told you a lot of the story but…
…brainstorm some words and expressions you expect to hear during the episode. Write them down in a list. Listen and tick these words as you hear them (if you hear them).
Once you’ve done that, you can listen out for the new vocabulary below.
A few words and expressions to help you out
Listen out for them as I speak
tough = if something is tough, then it’s difficult
have a (big) handicap = have a (big) disadvantage
marking = the way that students’ work is graded or marked
to be used to doing something = to have the habit of doing something, to be familiar with doing something
a complete breakthrough = you have a breakthrough, or even a complete breakthrough when you finally become successful at something
the moral of the story = the lesson you learn from a story
significant achievement = a very important success
As usual, I’ve picked out some sections for you to transcribe. Listen to them several times and write down what you hear. The answers are underneath. Good luck!
Here are the transcribed sections of each dictation. Which words or expressions did you find difficult to catch? Let me know in the comments.
Dictation 1: everybody had to do English, so that was kinda cool. And then you had to pick another language.
Dictation 2: And after a while, I just kind of… This was in the class, I kind of [chuckle] had enough
Dictation 3: And that was somebody who had been studying Spanish for much longer and who had, you know… Who was used to doing these kinds of umm translation tests.
Over to you
Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode. I’d love to hear from you in the comments – what struggles or difficulties have you experienced in your language learning? What did you do to overcome them?