Dictation is listening to someone speaking and then trying to write what you hear.
Practicing dictation can help improve your:
English listening skills
Writing and Punctuation
Speaking and pronunciation (if you speak the words you hear – out loud – while you’re writing it)
The EnglishClub website has a good collection of dictation exercises, at 3 different levels of difficulty. Here’s an example:
1. Listen to the dictation at normal speed (just listen; don’t try to write it).
2. Listen again at slow speed and try to write/type what your hear (with a smartphone, you need to use paper).
Include capitalization and punctuation.
3. Listen again at slow speed if you need to.
4. Listen at normal speed for a last check.
5. When you’re ready, click/press Show Answer and compare the answer to your writing. (The mailbox is just behind the big water fountain.)
With cold nights and warmer days, late February is the beginning of maple sugaring season in Massachusetts. Maple Syrup is made in many sugar houses in and near MetroWest. You can visit a sugar house and get a tour explaining how maple syrup is made – and usually taste/buy some fresh maple syrup or other maple products.