For what it's worth, I started an experiment today (Fri 15/8/14 ) putting Steve’s system to the test learning French from scratch. French is one big fog for me. I'm 52, so I'm not gonna kill myself going all out. I'm just going to deliberately expose myself to the language, especially in listening & reading, like the man says.
I've chosen a European language, particularly as it doesn't have Asian characters, and I don't have to learn any special script. I imported a lesson with dramatized audio to kick off with, to keep my interest up.
In the beginning, I want to see if I achieve more by reading & listening on LingQ, than if I start off with say, Michel Thomas or Teach Yourself instead.
Yeh, I'm all over the place in unfinished language challenges or whatever. But I want to see what happens when I throw out my own methods, which give such poor return. I reset my negligible & neglected French stats to zero last night. Trust me, I know diddly (stuff-all/nothing) in French.
I will attempt (just like the LingQ videos say) to:
1 listen & read - a lot. I will give the iPad & mp3's a real daily work-out! 2 not make any effort to learn grammar, just flick through it if I feel like it 3 do what I like to do, when I figure out what that is 4 amass lingQs (which is not my cup of tea)