zjones wrote:I'd be curious if anyone else has had to do this with a course. (i.e. Please validate me.)
I have had two episodes where I had to take a break and reboot because I was just not understanding what was going on.
The first incident was triggered by watching French In Action, which ultimately strained my attention to the point of triggering headaches. I just could not cope with the audios without an accompanying transcript, so I did what I knew best - I gave up temporarily and went back to square one once I had gathered myself and licked the wounds of my bruised language ego. When I did restart FIA, I never had problems with it again.
My second incident happened when I reached lessons 32 of both GWOT and NGWE, and 16 of Cortina German. I was clutching at blighted straws and had to be real with myself: I was having issues with German (Hindsight being 20/20, I now see that it was because the books I was using had limited grammatical explanations) and needed help. I was out-of-action for three weeks and came back refreshed and with wind in my sails to master the language. I rebooted my study of German, and have not had problems ever since with it. I am ambitious with my language learning endeavours, but I am not supercilious: I know when I am encountering challenges and need to get back to the proverbial drawing board.
The joy of learning a language on your own is that you can adjust your learning curve according to your needs at a particular moment. Don't be ashamed: if you need a sabbatical or restart from lesson 10 (or even from the preamble, like I did in both cases) then go ahead. I know that this is extremely rich coming from me, but language learning is not a race.
PS: Thanks to you, I now know how to change font sizes.