After I read very interesting posts about shadowing (or chorusing ) on how-to-learn-any-language forum, I realized I had shadowed in some way or another without knowing about shadowing. I do find shadowing useful and enjoyable, especially when I choose to listen to something familiar, but what I wouldn’t mind listening to again. To the contrary, if am I listening to something difficult, or for the first time, especially if I would not choose to listen to it again - I feel no desire to (and actually cannot) shadow it.
I also feel that the form of shadowing discussed on the how-to-learn-any language –echoing nearly mechanically along the flow of the speech –is in a way imposed by the technical limitations. The limitations are in that you cannot pause the recording 1000 times exactly where you’d like to. So – shadowing –i.e. mumbling along with the flow of the recording.
However, it would be good to pause every now and then, at least to have time to digest some phrases you have listened to or shadowed along. Ardaschir, or Prof. Arguelles, from on How-to-learn-any-language, suggests to insert pauses into the recordings manually. It is extremely time consuming, however. Moreover, when you are listening or shadowing for the first time, you may want longer pauses (or you may want to have longer pauses if you prefer to read out loud a fragment after the narrator finishes the fragment), but later you’d prefer having shorter pauses or getting rid of them altogether.
As Steve noted above, in the previous Linguist system you could click a written phrase and repeat or shadow the voice (of Mark) as many times as you wanted. I used to like it.
As I have reported to Steve, I have a system ready that automatically insert pauses into audio books. These pauses are inserted between short natural phrases found by the automatic speech recognition methods. You may change duration of those pauses at your will during the listening, or you may cancel the pauses altogether, or you may set each pause just as long as to have time to repeat every phrase after the narrator. I found it convenient to listen to and shadow along with such system. The definition and applicability of shadowing, IMHO, greatly expands.
The system is augmented with something like it was in the Linguist (but more than it was in the Linguist). You can click the text of each phrase and you’ll hear that phrase, or you may start listening to the whole audio starting from the clicked phrase, - with or without pauses between the phrases. And if you want to read along with the audio, the text will automatically scroll along with the audio. You also can save the sound or the text (or both the sound and the text) of each phrase with a single click. Just what you have asked about, Ana-Paula, in another post. Only you save or hear with a single click not words but short phrases, like the already edited phrases from the LingQ widget. Only they are original fragments of the sound from the recording, rather than the mechanical text-to-speech utterings.