So after my lingqing on steroids post some months back https://forum.lingq.com/t/lingqing-on-steroids/68286 I wanted to follow up with the last part of my strategy as I think it is the most efficient way to learn new vocab and pair it with listening and speaking to yield max results. Catching semi frequent words and synonyms can be hards and foremost because we need to pair them with context. So my solution is simple. I used a clipboard manager in order to save the words or phrases in my clipboard without going back and forth in my text file. Then after I reached a specific number say 40 f.e I would paste them in CHAT gpt and create texts with them. So distillation of words takes place and from them you can expect to learn 80 percent of them by reading the texts everyday. I usually aim to 20-40 a day plus listening and some other minor reading things. So what is your opinion on it? I would be glad to hear more feedback and ideas on it
I like it. Do you ask it to create stories with all the words? Or do you make individual sentences for the specific words?
I’ve been doing something somewhat similar. If I find a word that I’ve really been struggling to remember, but that I know I’ve seen a million times, then I’ll have chatgpt “create 10 example sentences using X that clearly illustrate the meaning in context”. I also may ask it to do it in certain common tenses.
That is a good strategy and that is what I am doing now with low frequency collocations and words that I encounter in German. I simply write them down on my physical notebook and then I create dialogues + stories with the same set of collocations and words in CHATGPT in order to inflate their instances artificially. In parallel I keep reading new books and texts.
My only concern is it is very much passive way of encountering them and I do not know how often they will appear again in new texts on LingQ. With Anki and such they follow a different algorithmn ;test retention based on your active recall. I am kind of torn between these two options. Should I opt for Anki instead since it follows the different algorithmn?
I have an idea but I am not too sure if it sounds legit. I am thinking about creating different stories with the same semi frequent/low frequent words on different days in ChatGPT. Day 1, Day 7 then day 14 and then day 30.
It will simply strengthen the retention of the same words when reading them on different days in different context. With ChatGPT we have a full control over changing these variables.
To be honest, in General, I enjoy my language studies without overly dependent on Anki. It saved me a huge amount of time from creating cards in Anki which I have used for listening and reading new text.
How is it passive? Surely it is very active? Rather than use ChatGPT perhaps use youglish.com or google to find your collocations in the wild? I think focusing on the things which are important but come up very rarely is a very good idea. If you do a sport it helps a lot to train the rarer parts of the game because that is often where something is won or lost (i.e: the words you DON´T understand are the problem and they´re the ones you don´t find often).
For me I use a few tools to help with tough words. The first is spaced intervals (write them down, look at them). Then I go to a thesaurus and find synonyms with them to get a better picture of the word. Often synonyms or dictionaries have a few examples. Then I go on youglish, find a few examples and often get the tone of the word/phrase because you see what videos come back and thus which environments it is used in. If youglish doesn´t have the language I just put the phrase into google with “only containing these terms…” on and find a few snippets.
There are often massive databases for most languages and you can just find examples. Korp
Whilst the AI is impressive I would prefer to find authentic sources.
It is a good technique. If you go back to the old meta of how people did things, it was simply like this. Write down things that come up you don´t know, ask a native, make some sentences. If you go back to the old days and listen to people speaking in foreign languages they´re often really really good, and they had none of these tools. These tools/methods are all mostly based upon what people used to do. I have been thinking about this for a while and how people use to learn languages. If you look at this guy Emil Krebs he created his own methods ages ago and one has to assume they were superior to what most people do today.
There is a good interview with Valuetainment with a German former KGB operative in America. He was giving tips about how he learned English and it was essentially what you described with the technology of the day.
Thanks for recommending youglish.com
I do not know about this website until now. I will check important words here and there. Nonetheless, another good way to find youtube videos in your target language.
With ChatGPT pasting 10-12 words per dialogue/story is the quickest way to generate text and import it on LingQ and read it. They are short in length. There is a also broader context to go with it. I am not sure if I can go through the whole video just to make sense of the aforesaid word in question.
90% of my input still comes from authentic sources. I have just simply replaced SRS with ChatGPT as I can generate text fast and read it on LingQ right away.
An added advantage of reading short text is I get to read the conclusion within seconds as compared to reading a typical novel.
I dont stress the different sentences for now. Before I learn a word I have to look it up multiple times so by the time I learn it I can say it is kinda context independent. We are also talking about semi frequent words so basically b2 plus level. Stories can do the job
Again anki is secondary in my opinion or at least you can yield the same result by saving words and distilling the words from texts. Listening will glue everything after some time once the core of the language is there.
WELL, It was such an awesome tick that you have just shared with us. I really liked how you implemented your learning phase in the broad sectors. I feel I will use your methods in my learning journey too. Hats off bro!!