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My grandmother (OBM) said she learned English by listening to baseball games on the radio. I've always taken her at her word, but I admit I'm stumped as to how that would work.

I could listen to some foreign-language radio station all day, and I doubt I'd pick up very much.

Well, she knew they were talking about a baseball game, and presumably already had an understanding of baseball so she knew what sort of things they were likely to say - and could substantially construct what was happening from changes in the pattern of what was being said and how it was being said.

Example: when the announcer says something in a very excited manner and draws it out very long, it's probably a home run. What sort of things an announcer says when the batter gets a home run probably isn't all that much different for an Italian-speaking announcer as compared to an English-speaking announcer.
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