Listening actively in order to do “shadowing” is really different from just listening passively because you have to listen closely, imitate, and understand what you “shadow” at the same time. It forces your brain to be fully alert and think only in Korean. Shadowing is an excellent training method regardless of your level.
Try to “shadow” a news in your own language for fun sometime! You will notice that it’s very easy to “shadow” a language you’re good at. It’s a self-training method I did when I worked at a radio station as announcer (in Indonesian language). For 6 years.
As for shadowing Korean; it will improve your listening comprehension and speaking skills, and it will get easier as you have more practice and improve.
You’re actually doing something similar to it when you sing karaoke with K-pop songs. You read hangul lyrics, sing (speak Korean), and try to understand the lyrics at the same time. It’s really good to develop your Korean brain. And you’ll have fun because you love K-pop! Who doesn’t? 😉
Wait… Shadowing… Shadow? Isn’t that the title of a new song from BEAST?
I love it. I’m buying the album later when the Indonesia edition is out.
OK, then. Happy shadowing! (?) ###
- “Shadowing” Training Method (koreanvitamin.wordpress.com)