einzelne wrote:jeff_lindqvist wrote:I'm somehow convinced that FSI is meant to take a long time - with the right method. You can't force it. You can't speed it up.
Indeed. They wrote about it:Learning a language also cannot be done in a short time. The length of time it takes to learn a language well depends to a great extent on similarities between the new language and other languages that the learner may know well. The time necessary for a beginning learner to develop professional proficiency in each language—proven again and again over a half century of language teaching—cannot be shortened appreciably. FSI has tried to shorten programs, and it has not worked.
So if it cannot be shortened, where's the 'cut off' between efficiency and time wasting? Let's say that our target is C1 in three languages. Is it more efficient to study three languages a day for one hour each until the goals are reached or one language at a time for three hours each?
It seems many a language learner has advised beginners to not start more than one new language from scratch. Is this good advice if we are certain the language learner will absolutely keep on task studying three languages a day until they reach C1 in all three, or is it still more efficient to learn them one after the other.
Or is it something else? The main focus on one language and chip away with 30 min/day each for the other two?
And where is the cut off for efficiency with one language? One hour/day, six hours/day? Does it depend on the learner, the language being learned, the methods, our age?
Are there language learners with certified levels at C1 or C2 who learned several languages at once?
What are your thoughts or experience(s) on the most efficient eays of reaching these advanced levels in several languages?