Moving on

I’ve just started learning French and using LingQ and I have a question.

Should I wait until I can fully understand a lesson before moving to new ones?

I’m working on 18 lessons at the moment and a few of the easier ones, I understand somewhat. Should I get rid of the first lesson since I can understand it well now? Or just keep repeating it for a little while longer to make sure it’s sunk in?

Or, perhaps because this question has no doubt been asked more than once, a link to a thread or threads which discuss this.

Let me say what I am doing first and then I’ll give you an idea what you could do if you wanted.

I’m learning Spanish at the moment and I try to do five lessons over a course of two- three days. Right now I am on lessons seven and eight of eating out and who is she, and I am on part seven of Steve’s book. Every day I listen and read to each piece of content ten times. (I try and do over an hour of listening per day) After I have done each content item of reading and listening about thirty times or more, and I am able to understand about 85-90% of what is being said, and what I am reading, I archive those and get new content. Next it will be lessons 9-10 of eating out and who is she with lesson 8 of Steve’s book. (Of course I am linking words that I don’t know and review them by flashcards. I also print off each item and highlight the words I don’t know and write in pencil the meaning above it so I can have a hard copy with me)

I say, if you are able to understand most of what is said, and what you can read in the first lessons, archive them and get some more items from the library. If you feel you quite don’t understand, still get new content and as your daily review, go over those lessons that you still have trouble with. Sooner or later, through massive amounts of listening and reading, you will begin to pick up those words and phrases.

Thanks for that Nick.

I understand the first 3 lessons of FrenchLingQ Beginner (Greetings and Goodbyes). From there on I’ve still got some unfamiliar words and can’t grasp it as easily yet. Because I’ve only been studying French since the 3rd of this month, everything is to me. I think it takes a while until there is a bit of a framework in the brain for things to attach to. Hopefully I’m creating this.

I think what I might do is take off the first lesson after today. Then give it a random review. I certainly don’t need to add any new lessons for a while! lol

That sound like a good idea?

I would recommend downloading the whole Who is She? collection (about 30 minutes worth of content) and the whole Eating Out (about 10-15 minutes) and Greetings and Goodbyes (a couple of minutes?). Then when you’re doing your listening away from the computer, you can choose which collection you want to listen to. I think the more variety have, the better it will be, as you won’t get bored as quickly. Then when you come back to the computer, you can go through some lessons and save LingQs (or go over them again, if you’ve already done them before). If you have several collections ‘on the go’ you can choose to listen (away from pc) to a different one each day (or each time you listen). I’d have one folder with Who Is She?, one with Greetings and Goodbyes and Eating out, and then other folders with other collections of complete beginner content. This way, you can go over these collections on the computer over several times over several weeks, rather than several times in one day. That’s my two cents.

And the most important thing (of course), don’t expect to understand it straight away. Remember the fog or mist metaphor (whatever it was).

I have already got Eating Out and Greetings and Goodbyes saved into a beginner’s folder within my “French LingQ” folder, along side my Dutch and Yiddish folders.

I wasn’t sure if I should add more lessons but it does make sense to have more variety.

Peter, I’ve not heard of the fog/mist metaphor. What is it?


Cheers, Peter.