Listen many times to the same episode. At one point, read the script carefully to make sure you understand what the characters are saying. Also look up any unknown words or phrases that you do not know.
Create a vocabulary list for unknown words. Read through each script and find the words or expressions that you do not know and then make a vocabulary notebook that you review periodically.
3-a. Reading & listening. Read the script while you listen to the audio recording. Notice how words are pronounced or said quickly. Notice how the words are joined together and how some sounds are changed or not said.
3-b. Reading, listening and speaking. While listening and reading the script, stop the audio recording periodically, and then repeat what you just listened to. You can stop the audio after one sentence, or after a longer period. Try to imitate the intonation, rhythm and stress patterns of the recording.
3-c. Reading, listening and speaking. This is the same as ‘b.’ above, but instead of stopping the audio recording, you ‘shadow’ while you are listening. This means that you don’t have to stop the recording. Try to imitate the intonation, rhythm and stress patterns of the recording.
Reading the script out loud. Read the script out loud to yourself and put feeling into the reading. If you have a friend who is listening to the Kaiten Sensei program also, read the scripts with your friend.
Keep a grammar notebook. If you notice any grammar points that you don't know, or are not so familiar with, write sentences in a notebook. Write your own example, and study these periodically.
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