TED

個人很推薦TED來練聽力,訓練聽力最好的方式我覺得不是看電影,而是一直不斷的聽一個人講話,就像是與外國人對談的感覺,因為對談中會不斷的講話與聆聽,選擇演講類型的影片或者介紹類型的影片來做訓練聽力其實效果都會是很不錯的。

TED有多國語言,且其內容也具有知識性,一方面可以吸引你的興趣(去聆聽他講的主題),另一方面可以增加額外的知識or議題,影片時間也不長,但卻有多種類型(多領域)的影片任你挑選,挑自己有興趣的影片來做練習可以降低對於”專門訓練聽力”這一件事情的乏味度。

以下是我自己紀錄的幾部,個人挑選會從咬字、講話速度做一個塞選。其次就是口音(這就要看個人習慣或者目標要哪一種口音訓練為主囉)。

(我會持續新增)

Let us put birth control back on the agenda

Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world’s social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk at TEDxChange, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade.

Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

How we are teaching computers to understand pictures

When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: “cat,” “book,” “chair.” Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What’s next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art – including the database of 15 million photos her team built to “teach” a computer to understand pictures – and the key insights yet to come.

A funny look at the unintended consequences of technology

Technology should work for us, but what happens when it doesn’t? Comedian Chuck Nice explores the unintended consequences of technological advancement and human interaction – with hilarious results.