Hello, I am using みんなの日本語 for 2 years now.
(Minna no nihongo > Japanese book for beginner’s learners with some lessons and exercices > it’s a good book but only if you have a teacher, it’s not for self-studying)
I finished the first book, and I have nearly finished the second one.
For all listening exercises, I get the habits to have my teacher reading all dialogues and questions. The two teachers that I listen are native Japanese speakers, and they speak at their normal speed when speaking in Japanese.
But, with the second one, He managed to get the audio part from the book itself, and we are now listening to the CD. While I was totally able to follow what my teacher was saying (minus one or two new vocabs), and understood quite easilly what he was saying, while using the CD I am TOTALLY lost.
The speakers on the CD are quite fast for me, and speak really faster than my two teachers.
If I want to understand the dialog, I need to listen back 4 or 5 times…
Is anyone have also trouble to follow audio part in みんなの日本語 ? What have you done to improve yourself ? It is normal japanese speaker speed ? Why when I listen to my teachers or youtube video I am able to follow but not in this CD ? Is JLPT exams are at the same speed ?