I tried (intentionally) to learn a new language being extremely busy: Russian. I can say that I failed spectacularly in my attempt because after six months I would hardly pass the A1 level. Maybe my problem was choosing a language to learn from scratch, from the absolute zero, with no context to practice, no students to interact with, no teachers to ask for a question... Everything was based on free online resources.
Anyway, the fact that I failed doesn't mean that I didn't play my part properly, but that I need more time and consistency, maybe a different approach to do so. Maybe if I restart my journey (and I will, someday) I will try to have more than two hours a day to study, because only one hour is far from being enough (And I verified so, sadly).
And what did I do in this one hour? Well, it wasn't a continuous 60-minute period, but 4 or 5 moments throughout the day. Honestly, those could sum more than 60 minutes, maybe 90 and sometimes 120. But being isolated and disperse, I couldn't always use it for follow a lesson and try to understand grammar, nor even try to produce some texts or short speeches. That's why most of this time was used to listen to the short audios that the course I followed provided me, to do some memrise excercises and to improve my typewritting (that was the way I chose to be familiar with the alphabet).
I suppose If I hadn't been in an absolute zero point to start, I would have had more progress. For example, when I started italian, not only was I a spanish native speaker but also I had already certified C1 in french and portuguese, so listening to short audios in some spread 10-minute periods throughout the day was very fruitful due to my sort-of-B1-listening-level that I have due to my background.
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on Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:12 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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