The entries below track my attempts to develop fluent listening (not speaking) comprehension of a foreign language, using mostly an “osmosis” type of approach.
Now we all know someone who has picked up a language or two by osmosis, but in most cases they were living in the country in which it was spoken. After a time, they just found themselves fluent, without ever really having to study.
Our brains are, after all, built to recognize patterns that they are repeatedly exposed to.
I’m attempting a similar approach, with one important difference being that I am not surrounded by native speakers. Instead I’m keeping my fingers crossed that internet audio can serve as a sort of substitute.
So for about an hour a day, I’m listening to news and interviews in Tibetan. In truth I am supplementing my learning with a few other tricks I’ve discovered along the way, but 95% of my time is spent just listening.
I’m hoping to never have to break down and start learning grammar or memorizing vocabulary lists. But we’ll see…
Day #001: Introducing the Tibetan by Osmosis Experiment
Day #002: Ukay Uke Üke
Day #003: Hello Listeners!
Day #004: Self-Entitlement Radio!
Day #005: Los Los… Ray Ray
Day #013: Tibetan Crosswords
Day #026: My Cheatin’ Heart
Day #046: First Sentence!
Day #068: Tibetan Language TV!
Day #089: Professional Help
Day #134: Turn the Page