Do you prefer listening to monologues or dialogues?

Do you prefer listening to monologues or dialogues as part of your language learning?

Personally, I prefer dialogues because I like the rhythm of conversations and the richer language that they tend to produce.

Here is the blog post I just wrote about this topic:

I’m interested in hearing what other people think!

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I’d say it depends. If my level is still low, monologues might be a better choice because they are generally easier to follow. Or maybe I’ll want to watch a speech someone is giving, news being reported, or something like that. These are examples of monologues, and I see no reason to avoid them just because of that fact.

But dialogues are probably more common, and although they can be harder to understand, they may be a more useful form of native input. When I’m out walking around, it’s pretty rare that I hear someone giving a monologue. And I generally prefer dramas over the news and political speech. So I wouldn’t want to avoid dialogues either.


I think you’re right in that a combination of the two is probably the best approach. I just prefer dialogues myself, and I actually find them easier to understand because of the back-and-forth nature.

“When I’m out walking around, it’s pretty rare that I hear someone giving a monologue.” Hilarious!

Monologues are easier to understand, but I find that dialogues are more interesting as my language learning increases. With monologues I catch more of the vocabulary. But dialogues have more colloquial expressions, and the relationships involved in dialogues make them more engaging. I tend to like a lot of variety in my listening and will intersperse each with the other.