In one of my recent live lessons, there was a really cool exercise where the tutor read train station announcements, and the student had to respond in the chat with the train number, the time of departure/arrival, and the track number.
The exercise was great, but I bombed I’m just really, really slow at processing numbers in “real time”. My tutor was super patient and kind, but I was quite upset with myself for being so slow! I realized that getting a lot more listening and testing experience was the only way I was going to get better.
So today I hacked up a little web page that generates various train announcements in a somewhat realistic voice, and present you with a quiz. You can replay the audio as many times as you like; when you get the right number of the train and the platform, you’ll hear the lovely little SNCF chime and be able to advance to another quiz. I figure if I do 20 of these a day, maybe I’ll have a shot of understanding them for real.
You can try it here: https://nombre.games/
It needs some serious design love (sorry), but I thought I’d share it early in case it’s useful for others. Time of departure is also missing in the quiz; I was just tired of fighting css tonight
(PS to folks at Chatterbug corp: I hope this doesn’t run afoul of any community rules. If it does, let me know and I’ll delete this post asap. I understand the sensitivity around self-promotion. This isn’t a business or anything; just sharing a study tool, and I’m happy to share any technical details if it’s at all useful.)