The Anticipation Technique

This listening tip is called the ‘Anticipation Technique’. Once you understand this technique, it will make sense WHY I ask you to read before you listen.

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To start, I am going to show you an activity that is going to help you review the new vocabulary you learned yesterday AND help you to understand more of the conversation by using the ‘Anticipation Technique’

Activities that do 2 things at once are awesome because you learn much faster than focusing on just one activity or skill. You will notice that many of our lessons are designed like this to help you learn faster. 

#1 – Review Vocabulary by Listening to Audio Instead of Studying a List of Words

In the last lesson, I asked you to read and study the text for a conversation about hot springs. Now you are familiar with the story that is being told in the conversation.

The Anticipation Technique uses the fact that you already know the story to help you remember the new words that you recently learned. It’s like your brain is expecting to hear the new or unfamiliar word in a certain part of the story.

In other words, you are anticipating the moment that you will hear the word you are trying to learn.



#2 Improving Your Listening Comprehension with this Technique

When you listen to the audio for the first time, your brain is trying to understand what it is hearing. You can understand some parts, but some parts are unclear because of unknown vocabulary or problems hearing certain words.

After studying the transcription with a lot of detail, your mind knows the story very well. This means that you will be able to hear parts of the conversation that you couldn’t hear the first time you listened to it.

This also makes it very obvious when you cannot hear something perfectly. Your brain knows what you should be hearing and comprehending… but it can’t 🙁

In the Next Activity

As you listen to the conversation lesson again, you will be trying to do 2 things:

  • Recognizing the new vocabulary you found in the last lesson
  • Recognizing the parts of the conversation that are not still not 100% clear

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