After my first 8 months in Japan, I told my students that I understood what they were saying in Japanese, but I couldn’t say anything back. The words wouldn’t come. One of my students laughed and said, “That means you’re like a baby!” I didn’t laugh at his joke. You can imagine how happy I was to hear that he thought I was like a baby. I was really trying!
Of course I understood what he meant. When we first learn a new language, listening is important. Like a child, we hear sounds repeated, and watch people making certain faces. So it makes sense that when you want to learn a new language, people always give the same advice, “Watch TV and movies!” I agree, listening and watching in a new language is super important!
Check out this awesome website I found. It shows movie trailers, and then gives listening exercises afterwards. With the exercises, this is even better than movies and TV. Don’t be a baby! Try doing a couple every week. 🙂