The year is coming to a close. What has been your most effective study method? What has given you the highest return on investment? What method will you keep on using in 2015?
For me, I read a lot of Russian during the 90-day challenge in the spring. After summer, I have mainly talked with my Skypies. I have used my skype-log and written down all the words my friends have helped me with after each session, and I occasionally review them. Also, I have done some Scriptorium exercises (sensu professor Arguelles). I find that quite useful.
I have become a bigger believer in the necessity of doing something physical as a part of the study process. Therefore, speaking, reading out loud, writing notes by hand, doing scriptorium, I think are good methods for me. LingQ is also important to me, but I need to find a more “physical way” to use it.
For French, I have been reading and listening to texts on LingQ and other sources offering authentic French. And I have been speaking with my French skypie. I also make notes in French, but not as much as in Russian. I also find French documentaries on various subjects on Youtube useful.
For German, I have really enjoyed listening to Deutschland Funk and to the podcasts of Fasulye and Evgjenij, and also my weekly skype calls. For Dutch I have only read using LingQ and I have listened to Fasulye’s podcast.
For 2015, I will start with a massive boost for my Russian. Planning on lessons and skypie-calls every day for 90 days. Also, I will resume my writing, as it is a physical process. For French, I will continue to prepare to our moving to Quebec. The last half of the year I will be surrounded by French every day, and that will hopefully give me a boost as well. German and Dutch are at OK activity levels, and I will continue as I have done.
Happy new year and good luck!