Do you miss body language when learning asynchronously online?
In a recent asynchronous course, there is only audio recordings or text. A friend asks if I miss body language when learning this way. I had not thought of it until now. With the help of a decades’ long journey to become a professional musician, it comes natural to me to focus first on sounds and their visual representations.
In a live situation, body language helps immensely. Interestingly, the amount of body language depends on a language’s speakers. For example, in my experience, Mandarin Chinese speakers use less body language compared to other language speakers. For such a difficult language, this makes me yearn for more visual input in certain Mandarin-speaking situations.
When I am learning online by myself, such as the case with this content from Russian Progress, I rely heavily on translation software (at least at the A1 level) and repetition. It is common for me to listen to a loop 20+ times before moving on. I will have broken down phrases and sentences into chunks that have a discernible melody and rhythm. Again I lean on my musical training for internalizing the sound shapes.