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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A new project for 2015: 52 audio books by the end of the year

Audio books are a great tool while learning a new language or improving a foreign language one already knows. 

When I started to learn German, about five years ago, I heard the same audio book over and over again. 
It was, of course, The little Prince. At the beginning I was not able to understand a single word, but since I knew the story by heart, I was confident that very soon I would have been able to understand some words, and then even more words, and then whole sentences, etc.
I was right. I heard the audio book at least fifty times, for weeks. And in the end I was able to understand half of the story. A big improvement, in just some weeks. I was incredibly happy, and proud of what I did.

Audio books are also perfect for learning other stuff, for getting focused on self-improvement, for optimizing the commuting time, for listening to something interesting and inspiring while taking a walk, using the public transportation or working out at the gym.

This year I decided to hear a new audio book each week, so it makes 52 audio books by the end of the year. I will share my progress with you. And I would love to discover which audio book is your favourite one, so please feel free to let me know in the comments.

[Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jonathan Tucker in
Veronika Decides to Die (2009) by Emily Young]

Title - Veronika beschließt zu sterben
Language - German 
Read by - Ursula Illert

Original title - Veronika decide morrer
English title - Veronika Decides to Die
Author - Paulo Coelho

Tags: Audio books, Learning a foreign language, Self-improvement

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