Hi everyone, I’m almost done with my first month of my French 90 day challenge, and I feel like I’m making good progress. The only difficult part for me right now is that I’m using the input method to learn for the first time in my adult life, and the only type of language learning that I’ve experienced to date has been the rigid class environment that allows for well defined, measurable goals. So, I am going on blind faith that I will actually become a good listener, reader, and eventually speaker! But since I’m modeling my learning approach someone after Mr. Kaufmann, I’m not too worried about not seeing positive results. I have to admit that, the rigid classroom environment experience that I’m accustomed to is probably limiting my learning growth, since I’m spending lots of time reviewing lessons and attempting to memorize every new word, rather than moving one when things are still fuzzy and being able to accept greater ambiguity. So I’m working on that one.
When building listening skills, I understand that normal speed audio spoken by natives is probably the best way to build listening comprehension. So is my payback going to be much more limited if I listen to slower, more well pronounced audio that is probably not real world spoken French? Should I just reserve that type of audio when I’m building vocabulary, or should I eventually avoid it as much as possible? I guess I’m just wondering what will be the most productive path that I should follow, if there is such a path that can be recommended to everyone in general.