I just want to share what I am doing right now, and hopefully you guys can
comment on it.
Right now I have an advanced level of Mandarin. However, I still need more vocabulary
and listening practice.
I am also learning German. The problem is that I don’t want to devote anytime to listening to
German as I don’t have that much time to listen and read to other things besides Mandarin. Therefore, on
Sunday, when I have more time, I will learn the vocabulary from a new chapter of my German book by writing it out several times. It takes me about 1 to 1 hour and a half to learn the new 30 or so words. I just write them until I know them. Then during the following week, Monday through Friday, I will write out the new dialogue (which contain the words that I studied on Sunday) and read the previous chapter. This takes about 30-45 min a day. Then on Saturday, I will just read all previous chapters, which takes about 45 mins to an hour. All my other time is devoted to Mandarin. (I also listen to Mandarin while I learn German Vocab)
I only like to dedicate myself to one language at a time (in terms of listening AND reading) and I will be focusing on Mandarin for the next year. After that year, I will focus on German (listening and reading, more than 3 hours a day).
I have to say it’s working. My vocabulary is growing and when I hear German I can notice the words that I have learned. I feel like when this next year is over, I will have read and written so much German that when I
start REALLY listening and studying it, I will already have a big passive vocabulary. So I will have a head start.
So does anyone else do this or have a similar techniques for learning a second language which is not
the real priority at the moment? I guess the only thing that makes my technique different is that I am usually always listening to Mandarin while I do this.