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Qauntity Vs Quality

February 01 at 21:25

After now almost a decade of on/off language learning, I think I've finally come to the conclusion that quantity (so long as we're making at least some 'effort' to understand) is all that matters.

The deeper one gets into a language the more you realise just how much there is to learn. If we want to reach the highest levels, I don't think we have the luxury to spend much (if any) of that time trying to nail down, well, anything really, including vocabulary. After enough time, grammar just comes naturally, I'm absolutely convinced of that.

I realised recently that I have no idea how I know 95%+ of the words I know.

Conclusion: Just doing stuff in the language is all that's needed, briefly looking up meanings, when absolutely necessary, and continuing on. The more you bathe in it, the more that comes. It takes as long as it takes, and it's likely that, through exposure, we all learn at roughly the same rate.

This isn't to say that you can't intensely, deliberately 'study' - if that's what takes your fancy - but the more you get exposed, the more you realise that all of that kind of stuff doesn't really have much of an impact (if any) on the big picture.

I thought this might make a good discussion.

Have any of you come to a similar conclusion?