Thursday, April 9, 2009

Audio learning guides 10 ways

One advantage to the audio learning guides from Language Routes is the variety of formats in which they can be used. For example, you can read the booklet, listen to the CD, follow along with the booklet as you listen, put the tracks on your MP3 player, etc... But there's more.

Here are 10 ways to use the audio learning guides to maximize the time you spend improving your language skills. You could use any of the audio learning guides in these situations, but we have made recommendations that we found helpful based on our own experiences.

1) Behind the wheel
Practice your pronunciation and intonation while driving in the car. What better place to work on rolling your Rs than in a car by yourself?

Recommended listening:
The Good Pronunciation Guide, Bien-dire Essentials
Working in English, Go English Essentials
Los Nùmeros, Hispánica Esencial

2) In the kitchen
Making dinner just got interesting. Listen to an audio learning guide as you chop, stir and sample. Who knows? You may get inspired to make a French tarte Tatin or all-American chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Recommended listening:
Bon Appétit !, Bien-dire Essentials
Let's Eat!, Go English Essentials

3) Walking the dog
Put the leash on Fido and an audio learning guide on your MP3 player. Did you know that in french an MP3 player is called un baladeur, which comes from the verb se balader, meaning to take a walk.

4) In the waiting room

No one likes being sick. But there can be a silver lining around the cloud of waiting at the doctor's office. Take an audio learning guide with you and follow along with the booklet while you wait. And remember - being polite can go a long way with the nurses!

Recommended listening:
La Politesse, Bien-dire Essentials
Polite English, Go English Essentials

5) At the gym
Work out your body and your left inferior parietal cortex at the same time. Warm-up with what you already know and then learn new words and structures. Stretch yourself as you strengthen your skills.

6) On the plane

Buff and polish those language skills between take-off and landing. You'll be more confident speaking the local language and adapting to the culture when it's fresh in your mind.

Recommended listening:
Travelling in English, Go English Essentials, 2008 Bestseller
Authentically French, Bien-dire Essentials
Authentic English, Go English Essentials

7) One word: DMV

Okay, so it's actually one acronym. You get the idea.

Les Mots Croisés, Bien-dire Essentials

8) At home and in the garden
Multi-tasking multi-lingually. Listen to an audio learning guide as you clean the house or work in the garden. This is a good time to dig a little deeper and learn about the culture and understand the way of life and relationships in other parts of the world.

Recommended listening:
Las Conversaciones Sociales, Hispánica Esencial
French Expressions, Bien-dire Essentials
Idiomatic English, Go English Essentials

9) In your pocket
The flashcards are held together by a key ring and fit easily in your pocket. They are a great way to entertain the kids while in the car or waiting in line. And the bonus - you both get to work on your language skills at the same time!

*Free MP3s to accompany the flashcards are coming soon. Sign up for the Language Routes newsletter to find out when they are released.

10) On the commute
Take a mental escape from the world of mass-transit. You're no longer stuck in a crowded subway or bus, but you're enjoying an apéritif with friends on a terrace in France. Listen to an audio learning guide on your commute as a way to relax at the end of the day.

Recommended listening:
C'est la Vie...en France !, Bien-dire Essentials

Of course, this is just the starting point. How will you use your audio learning guides?

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