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Week 1

Watch "How Rhythm works in Language, Music & Rapping" (9min
Watch "Why language-learners can't comprehend fast native speech" (6min)
Watch "How to Fix Your Hearing" (8min)
Watch (Practice Tutorial) "How to sync your mind and body with syllable rhythm" (13min)
Practice
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Select a native speaker audio, then progress your way up to syncing your mind, lips and fingers with the syllables. Once you are in full sync, record a loom video of your performing a level 4 activity, then share the recording link to the #practice channel. If you can't achieve level 4 (lips and fingers), then submit for level 2 (lips only) or level 3 (fingers only).

Progression
Level 1: Sync your mind
  1. Prep: Ready a "continuous" audio, take a deep belly breath to relax your mind, then press play.
  2. With eyes closed, filter your attention to ONLY the rhythm of the syllables (ignoring phonemes, words or meaning), and allow the syllable rhythm to imprint your mind.
  3. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed and continue looping the audio in your mind for at least 8 repetitions.
  4. When you feel the audio has imprinted, use the gapped version to practice looping during the gaps.
Level 2: Sync your lips
  1. Once your mind is in sync, go back to the "continuous" audio.
  2. Close your eyes, then take a deep breath from the belly to relax your mind.
  3. Open your eyes to press play, then immediately close them again.
  4. Repeat the syllable "ba" in perfect sync with the syllables of the audio.
  5. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed, and continue to repeat the rhythm out loud for at least 8 more repetitions.
  6. If you feel your lips haven't synced yet, repeat steps 2-5. If you feel it has, move onto the next step
  7. Select the "gapped" version of the audio
  8. Close your eyes, then take a deep breath from the belly to relax your mind.
  9. Open your eyes to press play, then immediately close them again.
  10. Repeat the syllable "ba" in perfect sync with the syllables of the audio.
  11. During the gap, keep the rhythm going with your "ba" syllables.
  12. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed, and continue repeating the "ba" for at least 8 more repetitions.
  13. Repeat steps 7-12 until you are confident your lips are perfectly in sync with the syllable rhythm.
Level 3: Sync your fingers
  1. Once your mind and lips are in sync, go back to the "continuous" audio.
  2. Close your eyes, then take a deep breath from the belly to relax your mind.
  3. Open your eyes to press play, then immediately close them again.
  4. Tap your fingers against your chest in perfect sync with the syllables of the audio.
  5. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed, and continue to tap the rhythm out loud for at least 8 more repetitions.
  6. If you feel your fingers haven't synced yet, repeat steps 2-5. If you feel they have, move onto the next step.
  7. Select the "gapped" version of the audio.
  8. Close your eyes, then take a deep breath from the belly to relax your mind.
  9. Open your eyes to press play, then immediately close them again.
  10. Tap your fingers against your chest in perfect sync with the syllables of the audio.
  11. During the gap, keep the rhythm going with your finger taps.
  12. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed, and continue tapping for at least 8 more repetitions.
  13. Repeat steps 7-12 until you are confident your fingers are perfectly in sync with the syllable rhythm.
Level 4: Sync your lips AND fingers
  1. Once your mind and lips are in sync, go back to the "continuous" audio.
  2. Close your eyes, then take a deep breath from the belly to relax your mind.
  3. Open your eyes to press play, then immediately close them again.
  4. Articulate "ba" AND tap your fingers against your chest in perfect sync with the syllables of the audio.
  5. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed, and continue to repeat "ba" while tapping the rhythm out loud for at least 8 more repetitions.
  6. If you feel your lips and fingers haven't synced yet, repeat steps 2-5. If you feel they have, move onto the next step.
  7. Select the "gapped" version of the audio.
  8. Close your eyes, then take a deep breath from the belly to relax your mind.
  9. Open your eyes to press play, then immediately close them again.
  10. Say "ba" and tap your fingers against your chest in perfect sync with the syllables of the audio.
  11. During the gap, keep the rhythm going with your "ba"s and finger taps.
  12. When the audio stops, keep your eyes closed, and continue for at least 8 more repetitions.
  13. Repeat steps 7-12 until you are confident your fingers and lips are perfectly in sync with the syllable rhythm.
Sample Loom Submission
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Recordings tips: - Be sure to use the "Gapped Audio" so we can hear you solo - Don't use headphones - let the speakers play so your mic can capture both the native speaker audio and you. - Don't forget to repeat 4 more times after the audio ends. - You can submit for either lips, fingers, or lips AND fingers - but you can only choose one version for points on that particular audio.

Practice Audio
πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Spanish
Enunciated
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Continuous
slow
Gapped
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Natural
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Slow
Continuous
Gapped
Fast
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Gapped
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Continuous
Gapped
Fast
Continuous
Gapped
4
Slow
Continuos
Gapped
Fast
Continuous
Gapped
5
Slow
Continuous
Gapped
Fast
Continuous
Gapped

Bonus (Fast Argentinian!πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·)
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50%
75%
100%
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75%
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3
50%
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4
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75%
100%

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· French
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Slow
Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
Fast
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
2
Slow
Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
Fast
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
3
Slow
Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
4
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Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
5
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Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
6
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Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
7
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Slow Continuous
Slow Gapped
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Fast Gapped
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πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ German
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή Portuguese (Eu)
Natural Phrases
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50%
75%
100%
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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50%
75%
100%
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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50%
75%

100%
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
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50%
Continuous
Gapped
75%

100%
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
5
50%
75%
100%
Fast Continuous
Fast Gapped
πŸ‡§πŸ‡· Portuguese (Br)
Natural Phrases
1
50%
Continuous
Gapped

75%
Continuous
Gapped
100%
Continuous
Gapped
2
50%
Continuous
Gapped
75%
100%
Continuous
Gapped
3
50%
Continuous
Gapped
75%
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Gapped

100%
Continuous
Gapped
4
50%
Continuous
75%
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100%
Continuous
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5
50%
Continuous
Gapped
75%
Continuous
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100%
Continuous
Gapped
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10 points for every Loom recording posted to #practice

Watch (Apply Tutorial) "How to Listen ONLY for syllables in natural speech" (10min)
Shadowing with Syllable timing
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Find a youtube video of people speaking and practice listening ONLY to the syllables. Set a timer for 5 minutes for a single "Focus Session". When the Focus Session ends, send a report to #apply. Note: Be sure to spend some time in the #practice activity before you attempt this, in order to feel what it's like to listen only for syllables.

  1. Find a youtube video of people speaking your target language for longer than 5 minutes (I recommend "Easy Languages")
  2. Select a playback speed (.50, .75, 1, or even higher speed)
  3. Set a timer for 5 minutes.
  4. Press play, and close your eyes.
  5. Do NOT try to listen for words or meaning. Instead, focus on "catching" or "grasping" all the syllables with your mind.
  6. When the timer goes off, report the following to the apply channel:
  • Link to video,
  • Playback speed
  • Estimated percentage of syllables "caught"
  • Mental Effort rating (1-effortless, 10-extremely effortful)
  • Any other reflections or noticings.
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5 points for each Focus Session (5 minutes) reported in #apply