Le Baron wrote:iguanamon wrote:While we all like to have fun when learning, some of this stuff just flat out ain't fun and a learner just has to get through it- boredom be damned...
Amen to that. And I learned it the hard way, after already knowing two other languages I thought it would be easier to 'acquire' a language in the rather fashionable manner that seems to be being promoted these days (such as that already multilingual languages professor on YouTube 'acquiring' Arabic by paying lots of teachers then going on an extended trip to Egypt...you know, like everyone does.) As you say one ends up all over the place reinventing the wheel when just sticking with a fundamental course would have pointed out all these things and gets you on you way; also pointing out the common pitfalls (very particular to some languages).
I agree with the heavy input approach, but like to see at the very least one course through to the end. I've had best results with Hugo 3 Months courses and I know how they work. I don't understand why people want everything in record time or believe it possible. It's getting tiresome. There's surely a difference between 'as efficiently as possible' and 'hurry up before I lose interest because I'm impatient to learn a set of skills'?
No offence to the OP. Seems he's put quite a bit of work in.
Hi Le Baron,
Thanks for your suggestion. I checked out the Hugo 3 Months course - it looks interesting but I couldn't find it in E-Book format, which is a bit of a deal-breaker for me.
Certainly agree that impatiently clambering to attain a complex skillset is a little foolish. Even if one is strongly outcome dependent, you would think they'd realise that enjoying the learning process might in the end yield better results. I hazard part of the struggle for monolingual newbies like me is we're not quite sure if what we're doing is actually plausible at all, which can make it harder to relax into the process. On top of that, progress can take a decent amount of time to observe, so it can really feel like we're wondering around aimlessly in the dark.
Thanks again for your input.