July 28, 2012, 12:48 p.m.
Trying to remember everything is not realistic : sometimes you will have an hard time to remember a word, but this should not slow down your studies.
July 28, 2012, 2:38 p.m.
Having said that, I strongly recommend not staying with one lesson until you feel you have mastered it, and can remember all the vocabulary. I find that some words will stick, and others won't no matter what you do. I find that some, if not most, new patterns in the langue are simply not possible for us to absorb until we have had lots of exposure. Trying to master these things is, in my opinion, very inefficient. It is far better to keep moving on, getting as much exposure as you can. I move on when I understand 70% and sometimes as little as 50%. I review my vocabulary a few times before and after a lesson, especially in the beginning, but I don't worry about the words that just wont stick. If you keep listening and reading, you will come across them again and eventually they will stick.
I think the desire to nail things down is what holds most people back in language learning. It is simply too difficult to do, and I believe contrary to how the brain learns. The result is that many learners get frustrated at what they cannot remember. I am driven more by the desire to cover more and more content, and by the desire to get to authentic content as soon as I can.
I think there is a balance to be struck between repetition, which the brain needs in order to form new neural connections, and novelty, which the brain needs in order to remain focused and motivated.
I believe that Krashen has even done research to show that deliberate instruction in grammar has little effect on learning. I don't necessarily agree, but feel that you need a lot of exposure, experience and familiarity with a language before the grammar explanations have much effect, beyond of course the most basic concepts.
July 28, 2012, 4:59 p.m.
July 28, 2012, 7:10 p.m.
My question non: Is it really enough to understand the sense without to know exactly every new vocabulary. Or should I try to be able to translate or retell the story in my own words? Somehow I know your answer, I can imagine that you will tell me *the more the better*?!?! But is it good to stick to one lesson soooo long? Wouldn`t it better to feed my brain with new lessons to get used to the english typesetting technology without to know exactly each word.
So when I do lessons here, I don't really focus on what word comes first or what ending does that verb have, but on actually building my vocabulary. You may want to consider Pimsleur or Michel Thomas as a supplement to this website. I recommend MT more as he offers really good explanations that are easy to remember.
Hope this helps.