This post has just a modicum of truth, and you probably shouldn’t take me too seriously.
A few days ago, I took a simple hearing test and found that I had worse hearing than my other friends. And I blame that on excessive blasting of GET YOUR CRAYON~~~ WHY SO SERIOUS and all that WOW FANTASTIC BABY.
I blame my hearing, or the lack of, on language learning.
I realized that I used to rely on speakers more often when I was young and I don’t always listen to something when I’m on the comp. And I’m not always on the comp.
I’m always listening to something when I’m on the comp. And I’m always on the comp. Kinda?
In language learning, input is so important. Lacking the natural environment of living in Korea, many of us resort to creating our own immersion environment. That means dramas, music, films, podcasts, videos etc etc. Whatever we can find.
I’m always listening to something Korean. (resting my ears now). I’d play a podcast while surfing the web and put on my big bang playlist when I’m working on my thesis.
Another reason why language learners may go deaf?
We tend to turn on the volume louder -.- Not sure if everyone does it, but when I first started learning Korean, I had the tendency to turn the volume on louder, under the illusion(?) that I’ll be able to understand better and catch more phrases.
Kinda psychological effect? I feel more at ease when the volume is louder.
And we love to put things on repeat. Well, I do.
I listen to conversations / dialogues on repeat, trying to get used to the intonation, catch the phrases and practice.
Repeat. And repeat.
Instead of speakers, earphones / earbuds are preferred. Again, the illusion of loudness and clarity and listening proficiency.
Did I just come to the conclusion that language learning is hazardous to the health? 😛
Something must have went wrong in the argument. XD
What are your language listening habits?