While you’re shadowing, remember that the ultimate way for this to work is by walking –
preferably outside – while you’re repeating the language. Don’t overlook this seemingly
inconspicuous aspect of this exercise. Why is this so important? According to some, and
you probably have experienced this yourself, it’s actually quite difficult to have your
brain focus on learning a language while your body is trying to walk.
Think back to when you were learning how to drive. If you were like most of us, the first
several times you were behind the wheel of a car you didn’t talk much. You probably
turned the radio or CD player down or even off as well. Once you conquered the act of
driving, though, you felt much more comfortable listening to music or talking to your
There’s a very good reason for this. It’s difficult for the human mind to speak a language
you’re unfamiliar with and perform another activity. While at first you’ll find this next to impossible (but don’t give up on it) as you continue, you’ll see improvement.
Shadowing while you’re walking is challenging your brain. It’s forcing your mind to
understand new language skills and eventually train your body to accept speaking this
language as an automated process. That in the end is exactly what you want:
to speak English without giving it a second thought.