(1) Subtitles: The words so you can read what people are saying in a video
Foreign movies have subtitles so you can understand.
(2) Transcript: A written version of a video.
I didn’t see the show, but I read the transcript. It was really interesting.
(3) Steps: An ordered list of things to do.
To make a cake, there are 20 steps. First, get some sugar…
1. What’s the first step of watching a video?
a. Get a dictionary.
b. Just watch it.
c. Read the translation.
2. What does “juhwanna” mean?
a. Do you want to
c. A spice for eating
3. Why should you copy the way people speak?
a. It’ll help your speaking
b. It’ll help your listening
c. It’ll help your speaking and listening.
By Jeremy Schaar
Today is Saturday and on Saturdays I’m going to present you with a listening lesson. Usually I’ll choose a TED video or another video from YouTube. Today, however, I’d like to take a few minutes and talk about how to watch a video.
Here are the steps to watching a TED video:
The great thing about TED.com is that you can often find subtitles and a translation of the video. It’s a great study tool.
Notice that before you get out a dictionary, you should have watched the video several times. If you want to improve your listening, you need to do it this way. Otherwise it’s just a reading exercise.
After you’ve done all these things, return to the same video in the future. Watch it once a week or so until it gets easy.
My other suggestion is to try and notice how speaking is different than writing. For example, when someone says “Do you want to get something to eat?”, they’ll often say “juhwanna git sumpen tuh eat?” “juhwanna git sumpen tuh eat?”
When listening, try to notice differences between the written words and the spoken words. Then, try and copy those differences when you speak. It’ll really help your listening.
OK. That’s it for today. Next time, we’ll be talking about Nilofer Merchant’s video: Got a meeting? Take a walk.
Thanks for using Stuart Mill English. Have a great day.