Morgana wrote:...I also appreciate hearing the specifics of what non-SRSing forumers do because it’s reassuring
I read it all too
Well, I might put a bit about this in my next post on my own log, but since I'm in the relatively small category of non-SRSing Icelearners: 90% of the stuff I've been using for the last couple of months has been VLÍ and native material (films, reddit, occasional news articles), and while I'm not sure my passive vocabulary has improved that much, my *familiarity* with the words definitely has, and so has my speed at understanding the structure of a sentence and spotting case, tense, etc. Curiously my active vocabulary (i.e. ability to find words on the fly) seems to have improved significantly too, not sure how that's happened. I do wonder whether there's any hope of acquiring enough vocab without SRSing, but then I have to remind myself that I've never SRS'ed in any of my other languages
My approach to actually learning new words is essentially the same as zjones's.
Thanks for sharing your experiences - always fun to read and don't be too hard on yourself!