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Close Your Eyes For Better Listening — 9 Comments

  1. I often do this without thinking when trying to recall information but have also started doing it recently while listening to podcasts on the train to work.

    Has worked wonders for my concentration.

    I always thought, in the case of listening, that it helped because you’re cutting out a lot of visual stimuli and information, freeing up some processing power for your brain. If my eye lands on an interesting poster my brain is probably more engaged in reading kanji than processing the audio.

  2. Thanks for the advice! I have a pile of manga waiting for me. Can wait to get home and try reading with my eyes closed.

  3. This is a great idea that I will try to implement when listening to any podcast/audio-based Japanese media. Do you have any recommendations for Japanese podcasts? (besides Japanesepodcast101.. which is a great resource. I’m thinking more along the lines of itunes)

    • These are great starter listening practice! They are a reasonable length and clear speech with no background noise. The listening practice I have tried doing with anime audio has had difficult background noise or music almost all of the time. I have never had very good listening skills, it took me a long time to get my English listening skills up as well, so easy resources are very welcomed here. Thanks!

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