How to get the most out of Lingq?
I don't know if there is an ideal method for using LingQ. People do it differently. Some will just read and listen to a lesson once before moving on. Others will read and then listen and then read and listen together and then listen a few more times. Maybe there is an optimal algorithm that gives peak efficiency, but none of us know what it is or have any way to find out what it is. It's anyway probably not significantly more efficient than anything that we are currently doing so it's not really worth worrying about.
What we do know though is that time spend doing the language learning activities greatly affects how much we learn, and we are more likely to spend time doing it when we are not too bored and when we are doing something we feel is productive. So the conclusion is, do what you believe in and what you find the most fun. Some will reread texts over and over. I personally hate the idea of rereading anything and so I don't.
Read books this will increase your vocabulary like no other. Listen to podcasts in which you can understand at least 70%-80%.
Mooooin. In case you missed it, I posted a review of LingQ on the Onyx Boox last week. Did you decide to get one?
Do a mix of reading and listening to lessons. If you have the LingQ mobile app, you should listen to lessons while doing mundane tasks, commuting, walking the dog, etc. Then read the lesson later. And throw in some vocabulary practice once per day. This is the combination that works best.
Continue to immerse yourself and re-listen and re-read the same lessons several times. You won't understand everything at first. As you consistently expose yourself to the language, you will start to understand more as the fog gradually clears.
I think it's important to make a distinction between active and passive listening. I've found that acquiring new vocabulary and understanding is harder when you're just passively listening while performing some other task. Your focus is not on the language, but on whatever it is you're doing, or you're just rapidly shifting focus between the two. Can it help you learn the language? Yes, but I don't think it's the most efficient method.
Spanish is my third language, but it is the first language that I've begun learning while using Lingq. This is the process that works best for me.
First, listen to the lesson. It doesn't matter if you don't understand very much of it. Then, fill out the blue words and review the words you may have missed while listening, followed by reviewing the lessons vocabulary. After that, listen to the lesson twice more, and then move on to another lesson. You can go back later in the day and perform the same process, but this is for when you're still relatively new to the language. After your brain becomes acclimated to the spoken words and you understand what is being said, then I'd recommend creating a playlist and listening to it as well as other lessons on random, no stopping just reading and listening without pausing while occasionally looking over the words that went over your head.
Do this a dozen or more times, and the language will no longer just be white noise. You will fail, you will miss some words, but as long as you believe that you will get better then you will so long as you put in the work.
really just reading things I like. Whatever keeps me reading most.
The more I read the more progress I make. Right now I'm reading some historical fiction in French, and I'm just moving at a snail's pace because I'm not interested, and that's showing in my stats. I know it would be best to give up and move on to the next thing that keeps me interested (but I don't like quitting books halfway through a series).
I was following your profile a bit months ago, and at one point you were just making heaps upon heaps of progress and were reading an enormous amount of content. Right now you seem to be slowing down as your amount of reading is decreasing.
Read more - whatever keeps you reading.
You should move onto a new lesson when / before you get bored I think. There are lots of ways to use the system, and any way that keeps your interest is valid.
Personally I might read / listen to a lesson once, twice, maybe three times, then get bored and move on. Most lessons I don't even listen to at all, just read once then move on. Some day I may come back and read / listen again, and learn something new from it.
A good example of this is the "Who is she?" story, which starts at beginner 1 and goes up to intermediate 1. I think it's designed that you keep coming back to it over your first year of learning the language.
If memory serves, Steve's method is to pick material which is rather advanced for his level, and listen to it over and over and over again, until he gets the gist of what is being said. This clearly works for him, but I prefer reading new content every day and trusting that I will encounter common words in new contexts.
Keep moving on to new content. In the future you can come back. Also, listening while reading will help too.