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    Tips for Listening to Sentences?

    While listening, words come at you in a serial manner, while you're trying to structure them into a cohesive whole, which doesn't always match the serial order.

    For example, say you hear:

    "Watching a movie"

    At this point, you don't know if that phrase will be used as the main subject noun phrase of the sentence as in (1) or used in a manner like (2), until you hear the parts of the sentence that come AFTER "watching a movie".

    (1) Watching a movie sounds fun.

    (2) Watching a movie, he cried.

    So you're forced to keep "watching a movie" in your head without knowing their function or meaning while listening to the next parts. And then you have to parse the next parts, and then hold those in your head. And then you parse "watching a movie".

    Granted, doing so for simple sentences like the above is not too difficult, but as sentences get more complex, it's mind boggling to me.

    Any tips?

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    Re: Tips for Listening to Sentences?

    Your native language is English and you have trouble with understanding longer spoken sentences?

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    Re: Tips for Listening to Sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Your native language is English and you have trouble with understanding longer spoken sentences?
    Hi, I don't have a problem when they're in written form. However, I may have to read the sentence multiple times to parse the structure and get the meaning.

    While listening, I have to keep the words that come first in my memory without knowing their structure, while trying to parse the words that come later. This boggles my mind sometimes and I have hard time following complicated audio books without losing my focus.

    I was hoping there are some pro tips for this.

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    Re: Tips for Listening to Sentences?

    Some books and sentences really aren't suitable for "audio book" format.

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    Re: Tips for Listening to Sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Some books and sentences really aren't suitable for "audio book" format.
    I agree. And I guess some sentences are structured better than others for comprehension.

    But I also think there is difference among listeners, where some listeners are better at comprehending even the "bad" sentences compared to other listeners?

    I guess I'm not worse off than your average listener, but I want to be pro at it.

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