All of my DVDs have arrived and I've already made my first subs2srs deck from start to finish. I picked El Orfanato
at random and managed to create a Anki subs2srs deck over the weekend. The process went fairly smoothly. Emk's post on the process (http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/fo ... PN=0&TPN=1
) was extremely helpful. I used Excel to prune approximately 100 lines of very repetitive dialog from the subs2srs data prior to importing it into Anki and to organize the data to fit the format of my Anki template. I've already looked at the first 20 cards in the deck and can tell that El Orfanato
is going to be much easier than Celda 211
. The dialog is simple, there is not very much of it and so far, it is well articulated. The Spanish subtitle also seems to be very accurate. I will post more detailed comments when I have more information.
Now that I have two subs2srs decks to work with and the material to make several more, I need to think about how to proceed in the most effective manner. My goal is to improve both the speed and the accuracy of my listening comprehension in Spanish, especially for informal language. I think I need to consider both the order in which I study these movies and how I will evaluate my progress. Will my improved ability to understand these movies lead to improvements in overall listening comprehension? How can distinguish between improved listening comprehension and memorization of the movie's dialog? I generally think that it is better to start with easier material and gradually increase the difficulty. With that in mind, I will focus on the El Orfanato
deck first and decrease the daily limit of new cards in Celda 211
to 5 or less. However, devising metrics for evaluating my progress requires more thought.
I'm still working my way through Gramática de uso del español B1-B2
, although at a slower pace. I had started to write more extensive notes on the material from each unit and this has slowed down my pace to 3 or 4 units per week. I've also been chipping away at the FSI Basic course - 10 minutes at a time! It would be nice to be able to complete one of my progress bars, but at the rate that I'm going I won't see a bar at 100% for months. But, that's OK. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
My learning goals for the upcoming week are the following:
1. Continue to study Gramática de uso del español B1-B2
, 3-4 unit for the week.
2. Study my Anki vocabulary & subs2srs deck every day.
3. Listen intensively to at least one new podcasts.
4. Continue reading Harry Potter 4
5. Watch an episode or two of Spanish television..
6. I hope to do an 1 hour of Spanish conversation over the next week with my language exchange partners.