So first a little background, I started Russian learning about 2 and a half years ago, I was at university and didnt have much time but got pimsluer on youtube, and would do 30 minutes a day without fail. it took me about a year and I half to get through the course, but I was really happy when I did, I then moved on to the Michel Thomas Russian courses, again I cruised through doing about 30 minutes a day, I finished university and the courses, and came to lingQ. I quickly went through much of the beginner one content and added about 900 words, much of which has come from the previous two courses I had done.
Im really struggling to learn new words through lingQ, this way of learning through hearing words over and over again, for me personally isn’t working as well as speaking when prompted like Pimsluer. I am also struggling to understand new content when I hear it for the first time, or when someone speaks to me in Russian, the words are just noise. I recognise each individual word but cant bring them together to make a sentence. Its really frustrating.
I’d like to add that I have a girlfriend of Russian/Ukrainian origins, who speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and some polish. She is why I am learning, she tries to help, but has to talk painstakingly slow in order for me to understand it, however speaking seems to not be a problem.
I’m just wondering if perhaps I’m not learning the right way through Lingq, as in, is there a better way of using the system that I am not aware of. At the moment, I go through a lesson, look up the words, turn them yellow and then listen to it over and over. I have been listening to random lessons I have gone through for about an hour a day when I have time, with differing authors of lessons. Conversation in real life just hasn’t improved, and neither has my vocabulary really expended beyond what I learn in the last two courses before I got here.
I was terrible at French at school, but I though that was just because I hated my teacher. Has anyone had that breakthrough where they started understanding things they heard in their target language? I feel like I should be so much further ahead than I am for learning a language for almost three years now. :-/
Has anyone else had this problem?