2020-03-28 Update on LInqQ day #48
Today I hit 40,000 known words and reach nearly 14,000 links (almost all manual and mostly phrases I want to acquire.)
Words come less frequently now that my vocabulary has grown but I reading more so that accounts for some it.
Glossika is at "Lesson 66" today. Rosetta Stone is approaching Level 3 Unit 1 completion (3 Units and then 2 more levels to do.)
Reading & listending primarily to Deuil Interdit (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly but also some from "Sapien: Une brève histoire de l'humanité" (Yuval Noah Harari). Typically this means listening then reading, then listening again (sometimes listening many more times.)
Sapien is the single best book anyone could read, if you could only ever read one book and one has any interest in the subject at all) if the text and audio book are available in both a fluent and the target language. (If you can find a better one then let me know.
I now have "Homo Deus: Une brève histoire de l'avenir" (also by Sapien author Harari) and the audio for both as well and dipped into that just a bit out of curiosity.
In addition to "La Carte et le Territoire" (Oue:lbecq) Found a new interest for a "hard" book.
Adopting some audio/vocal "verb drills" too but haven't worked out the exact details -- this is in lieu of studying grammar.
Anki 5000 deck is at almost 99% mature, and I am still dawdling about dumping it and finding new material
to replace the SRS flashcard work. Trying to decide if $130 for BrainScape lifetime is worth the expense of time and money.
I still need a good "computerized" methof of voice analysis for accept improvement -- something that would give more feedback with more flexibility than Rosetta Stone (which is good but leaves me wanting more.
The keys to learning a physical skill are immediate feedback and high intensity practice on the difficult parts (Deep Learning as per Coyle in "The Talent Code") so having a program that just told us where we were mising a pronunciation, and better how to fix it, would be invaluable.
Feel free to tell me where you think I am not doing this optimally and to kick my butt if I don't post regularly with additional progress.
94 days to go on my plan 6-month plan. (Though that isn't a cutoff.)
I am mightily impressed with your progress and the way you have constructed such a impressive pack of targets and objectives for your French learning. I too am an old guy in his 60s with plenty of time to concentrate on French...that is about 2 - 3 hours a day. After that I tend to reach a point of diminishing returns where less starts going in. This is probably due to the fact that, unlike yourself, I do not have a large variety of learning activity, that is simply importing YouTube videos into LingQ, speaking to myself whilst walking the dog and 30 minutes writing about my experiences in French language. I cannot abide doing exercises or flash cards as it all seems so boring when I can read and listen to an interesting video.
I would be interested in knowing how long you actually take each day with your activities ...and, if applicable, how you deal with someone else in the household who does not share your enthusiasm with language learning from constantly suggesting that you should be doing something else with your time!April 01 at 08:26
I am pretty sure that I am 'studying' less than 3 hours per day -- I work and my wife is recuperating so I am helping her frequently and doing all of the chores the last 3 weeks.
My wife is however learning French also, but not as intensively. We watch much TV together. I do most of my speaking and pure audio somewhere else or with headphones as does she.
- Glossika almost one hour
- Rosetta Stone -- about 30 minutes, maybe a bit more seldom less
- LingQ -- focused activity about 45 minutes (but I might doodle with it while watching TV)
- Anki 5000 deck -- about 15 minutes -- this was about an hour spread out in mostly dead time until the majority of the deck became.
That's 2 hours of true study and never all at once.
I listen to French YouTube etc for the news and other things in the morning while eating breakfast. Maybe 30 minutes tops.
Listening to audio books: about 30 minute of focused listening when I go to bed but I let it play all night while sleeping -- I have finally found the near perfect headset -- soft earhooks, truly minimalist with the hook really being only a very slightly stiffened section of the wire. They don't fall out and they don't hurt when I sleep on my side against the pillow. My phone has a great battery and easily make it though the day and night but I do have to remember to charge it since it no longer spends all night on the charger.
If you count both of those it's about 3 hours total with the studying.
TV and movies or fun YouTube stuff. Maybe 2+ hours in the evening and we are watching about 75% french. One could argue this is 5 hours total but it doesn't feel that way since only 2 hours are actually "work" and only an hour of that (Glossika) is intense.
The books and articles I'm reading with LingQ are things I would want to read in any case (no Petite Prince or Little Nicolas for me).
The audio book, TV, and movies are also things that really interest me in any language -- as is the news and most of the YouTube stuff we watch. Mostly it's not "French grammar" but rather interesting podcasts that happen to be in French or which talk about the language in French in an interesting way: Hugo's InnerFrench, Johan's FrancaisAuthentique, Francais avec Pierre (& Noemi), French with Fred, Parlez-vous French with Anne Le Grande etc.
I seldom if ever listen on LingQ since the time I am looking at a screen is devoted to using the marking lIngQs or swapping out videos. I "listen or watch" on TV or phone.April 01 at 16:55