Which is better: Shadowing or Repeating?

In this video and the next few, I’m going to talk about the “Shadowing” technique.

Niloufar asks:

Hi Julian.

Shadowing is a really good method. But I have an idea. Don’t you think it’s better not to copy the voice of speaker simultaneously? I feel it’s better to copy it after the speaker in order to hear our own voice.

What do think?

First off, Shadowing isn’t a method. It’s an exercise. So what you’re asking is kind of like saying asking whether push-ups or bench presses are better. Or to use another example, whether plum tomatoes are better than cherry tomatoes in a salad.

The answer is…

It depends on what you want to do.

This video explains everything:

Shadowing is an extremely effective exercise. But it has to be part of a complete system. Just like you wouldn’t JUST do bench presses and expect to improve all areas of your fitness, you can’t JUST do shadowing and expect it to work.


Julian Northbrook
The Langauge Punk

P.S. If you’re not sure how to integrate shadowing into your overall English-learning routine, grab yourself a copy of my book, Master English FAST. I walk you through the English-mastery process, step by simple step. Click here to download the first chapter for free.

Meet the Author

Julian Northbrook

Julian Northbrook is an unconventional punk of the business English learning world. A leading expert in English education and direct response marketing, he’s fully equipped to drag you kicking and screaming from English-mediocracy to speaking at an outstanding level. After being turned down for his dream job in the art industry, Julian suffered three long years as a crap Japanese speaker. He understands exactly what it’s like to feel like a total idiot every time you speak. But Julian overcame his language problems, mastered the language, and went on to work first as a freelance translator, then as an executive member of a Japanese company. But he soon grew sick of the corporate world and left it to pursue something infinitely more satisfying — running his own business helping small business owners and entrepreneurs get so good at English that they forget that it’s not their first language. He writes the infamous Doing English Daily Newsletter which you can (and should) subscribe to.