If you feel that listening only in the beginning is a good approach and it works for you, then go for it. I am not sure I agree with you but then again I have some ways of doing things that others would find mental each to his/her own. Lingq has a huge library of content (depending on language), that you can download. and listen to when ever you want
I don't see any reason why listening only would be out of the question, lingq does encourage people to read a lot and I think the greatest virtue of lingq is that it facilitates reading. But I think that most lingqers and Steve agree that part of being an independent language learner is to know yourself and what works for you.
Well, I'm also not sure whether it is a good idea, but as reading seems to be a way too difficult for me (e.g. chinese), so i have a feeling, it might be an option. So i'm also interested, if anybody has some experience with it.May 2019
The idea is that reading actually helps you because it's easier and gives you a clearer idea of the vocabulary and phoneme inventory in the language. My advice would be for you to read pinyin. Or even better, I'd:
- Begin reading texts in characters with the pinyin on top. Lingq has the option of adding them automatically.
- Concentrate on reading the piniyin while you listen for a couple times. Then just listen to the lesson several times (use a playlist as explained by bison3)
- Now and then have a look at the characters and get familiar with the most usual ones
- When you feel like it, learn to write a few common characters, using the stroke order, learn a bit about radicals, ...
That way, you'll learn to understand way faster (because your leveraging your present reading skill in the Latin alphabet), you'll get used to pinyin (which will help you make sense of Mandarin pronunciation) and you'll be able to understand some characters, which will come in handy (e.g. for reading information signs, recognizing some proper names, etc.), even if you never actually become fluent reading them.May 2019
Very useful hints. Although you don't even speak chinese ?!
Unfortunately my android app seems to display pinyin not always. Is it a bug?
(I might skip such lessons.)May 2019
I dabbled in Chinese for a few months before I travelled to China, where. I spent one further month. I learned enough to survive in the country (I think I reached about A2-ish level) and I've forgotten most of it. My suggestions are also based on my experience learning other languages with different scripts.
Because I haven't studied Chinese with any consistency on Lingq, I'm not sure how reliable the Pinyin feature really is. Maybe someone can comment on this?
I wish you success in your learningMay 2019