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by smallwhite
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6651

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

My impression from articles like the link below was that during the period of intensive study (4+ months) at FSI candidates did 5 hours every day of classroom activity and then the rest of the day doing grammar and language lab studies: I know, about 8 hours a day, so it can't be too intense. Oh, I...
by smallwhite
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Language challenges & teams
Topic: 6WC 6 Week Challenge - May 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: 6WC 6 Week Challenge - May 2017

I suggest we add themes and/or sub-challenges to our 6WC. Eg. * TV-watching / poetry / food topics / conversation island creation (and all interested participants to use a common #tag for easy comparison) * language X / language family Y / learn new script Z (to help wanderlusters decide on a langua...
by smallwhite
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: French In Action, as a learning device?
Replies: 164
Views: 6651

Re: French In Action, as a learning device?

having a native speaker on hand during a good chunk of my learning would make a massive difference. ... Having a native speaker on hand would really boost the passive language use into active use rather efficiently. That would be emk (French wife), qeadz (Korean wife) and other members living in-co...
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: The Anki method without recalling
Replies: 50
Views: 1767

Re: The Anki method without recalling

Voytek wrote:How many hours, more or less, it took you to learn those 7000 words?

Have you seen this thread from HTLAL?
Svenska 10000
An English-speaker learned 8100 Swedish words with Anki over 55 days.
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Anecdotal evidence for extensive TV series
Replies: 19
Views: 470

Re: Anecdotal evidence for extensive TV series

You probably know this already, but for completeness' sake, here's a post by Cavesa about TV series, then a question by me, then another post by Cavesa.

(You may want to ask people their level before and after the TV-watching).
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 38
Views: 1066

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

Maybe 10-20h of intensive listening can prepare you for a B2 exam where intensive listening to pristine recordings is all that's required. It's hardly enough for the real world though where... Real people don't enunciate well... Indeed different skills need different drills. My goal is to get good ...
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 38
Views: 1066

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

But intensive listening in my case is not 50h but just 10-20h so I choose intensive, and then spend the difference (300-10) doing anything I want to - watching the same series, or another one in another language, or just anything. Understanding something 290 hours later than I could have is torture...
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 38
Views: 1066

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

Can you reach B2 in Cat I & II languages with 10 to 20 hours of TV? If you have the vocabulary in place you can probably just about pass a B2 exam on 2 seasons, although with some gaps. Thanks, but I mean real experience rather than guesses. In my case I also more or less have the vocabulary in...
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 38
Views: 1066

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

I think we need to look at efficiency as the result over a larger time period, such as a month. I highly doubt you can force yourself to do enough intensive listening as needed in one month to have the same results as with one month of extensive binge watching. I don't know many people who would st...
by smallwhite
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Technical Support and Feature Requests
Topic: How's the new server performing?
Replies: 17
Views: 376

Re: How's the new server performing?

For me, its only thread-viewing and post-submitting that are slow. User control panel, private messages and subforum-viewing (viewforum.php?f=14) are fast.

Edit: post-submitting could be slow just because the thread-viewing part is slow; I can't tell.

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