Bex Spanish log 2019: a definitive guide on the slowest way to learn Spanish ever!

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Bex
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Re: Bex Spanish log 2019: a definitive guide on the slowest way to learn Spanish ever!

Postby Bex » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:22 am

Super Challenge July update:

Well this month didn't exactly go to plan, I was ridiculously busy with guests, kids and summer holidays/life in general. So I didn't really manage any study time to speak of.

Anyhoo... I managed to read 6 books and watch 1.8 films for the Super Challenge.

I've stopped trying to read novels/fiction and I've gone back to reading podcast transcripts because I really have a hard time finding books I'd read in any language but I seem to be able to happily consume podcast transcripts.

At the moment I'm reading transcripts from www.spanishpodcast.net

My total is now 71.4 books and 79.6 films.

If I keep reading at the rate I am currently, then I should just manage to complete the SC by the end of the year :D
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SC 2018/19: Spanish
100 books: 73 / 100
100 films. : 80 / 100

FSI Basic Spanish:
Vol 1 - 01-15: 15 / 15 :D
Vol 2 - 16-30: 4 / 15

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Re: Bex Spanish log 2019: a definitive guide on the slowest way to learn Spanish ever!

Postby Bex » Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:18 pm

And August was a write-off...no studying done at all :oops:

August Super Challenge update: books read 1.7 and films 2 :roll:

I think I finally crashed and burned with my reading. I couldn't face forcing myself to read stuff just for the sake of completing the Super Challenge.

So I stopped...

What I did find interesting though is that when I was visiting Andalusia for 11 days this month, I could understand pretty much what was being said to me but I was incapable of replying in anything but really simple sentences.

I think all the SC input (73 books & 81 films ) has really improved my vocabulary, comprehension and listening ability to a pretty good conversational level.

The frustration of not being able to reply was unbelievable.

I'm not sure how I will proceed from here.
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SC 2018/19: Spanish
100 books: 73 / 100
100 films. : 80 / 100

FSI Basic Spanish:
Vol 1 - 01-15: 15 / 15 :D
Vol 2 - 16-30: 4 / 15

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Re: Bex Spanish log 2019: a definitive guide on the slowest way to learn Spanish ever!

Postby Mista » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:18 pm

Bex wrote:The frustration of not being able to reply was unbelievable.

I'm not sure how I will proceed from here.

If I were you in that situation, I would find someone to practice speaking with. Seems like the logical conclusion to what you are saying?
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Re: Bex Spanish log 2019: a definitive guide on the slowest way to learn Spanish ever!

Postby Bex » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:57 am

Sorry this is likely to be a long waffle of my disorganised thoughts again...but I find it useful to write thoughts down sometimes. Any feedback on any of this, as always, is gratefully received...

I feel like I am adding Spanish vocab all the time with all the input from the Super Challenge, FSI, textbooks etc. but with no real direction. My routine is really input heavy with no output. I need to find a way to activate some of the stuff I have in my head by myself at home, as I obviously have a lot Spanish in there but I just can't spit it out. I also need to concentrate on the common spoken vocabulary I am missing.

I should be able to get back to FSI and reading next week as my kids finally go back to school. at the moment I am tempted to just get the SC & FSI volume 2 completed and then change my routine completely to focus mainly on speaking and spoken vocabulary.

At the moment I'm thinking I might....

1. Finish the Super Challenge using DaveAgains' method:
DaveAgain wrote:I read each chapter in English, and then read and listened in German.
but obviously in Spanish. I'll try and finish Harry Potter 4.

2. Finish FSI volume 2 - I think this would take around 6-7 weeks.

Once that's done, maybe in the new year... I'm thinking I might set-up a new routine, something along the lines of...

1. Set a listening/watching challenge for myself. Maybe 100 hours Peppa pig to start with? Then moving onto slightly harder such as the Simpsons, with an aim to eventually be able to watch chat shows. I will be listening/watching as much as I can because if the SC had taught me anything Input is still key and listening/watching is definitely my favourite type of input. I have a long term goal in mind of 1000 hours.

2. Start Glossika 2 GSR (old school) , I know it's not really speaking but I find it really does help with my pronounciation and automaticity. And it also only takes 25 minutes every day so I can easily fit it in.

3. Start writing using the top 4000 spoken words, to create sentences I would actually use myself. I'm not sure if I would use SRS to revise sentences or just read them aloud from my notebook as revision? Maybe cloze sentences on Anki would be useful, I could add speech and say each sentence outloud?

I think using the top 4000 words from subtitles, would give me some focus to start with when creating/writing my own sentences. I hope it would be useful to start being able to say what I want to say using common vocabulary from speech, even if these sentences are quite basic to start with.

I will also start to steal useful sentences from podcasts, YouTube, Netflix etc and add these to my notebook of spoken/useful sentences as well.

4. Arrange either a language exchange partner or italki lessons once or twice a week. Note things I'd tried to say but couldn't and add to my sentences list to work with as above.

At the moment this is my vague plan for the new year/end of SC. But I'm not sure it's the right way to go, I'm especially unsure what to do with any sentences I collect in my notebook.

I'm trying to emphasise conversational vocabulary and add more speaking practice, I definitely want to emphasise things I enjoy doing, whilst still getting lots of input. It seems to be a tricky balance, especially time wise.
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SC 2018/19: Spanish
100 books: 73 / 100
100 films. : 80 / 100

FSI Basic Spanish:
Vol 1 - 01-15: 15 / 15 :D
Vol 2 - 16-30: 4 / 15


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