I'm new to Fluent Forever. I started reading the book maybe two weeks ago and am excited to learn about the upcoming app. Seems my timing was perfect! Although, I gotta say I swore to myself to never support a crowdfunding campaign ever again. From the 7 campaigns I supported, 6 of them never saw the light of day or were broken on arrival. You would be shocked to learn about how much misconduct a project can get away with and how little rights you have as private person supporting a crowdfunding project. But! I broke my own principles and supported Fluent Forever anyway! So here I am!
So I installed this app and am now learning Spanish. Not my first choice, but, well, fine!
I love learning languages, and in fact I have optimized my process over the years as well. Not too different from what we read in the book, just much, much, much less successful! By reading the book, I'm really excited to learn what I did right, and what I did wrong in the past. The first thing that caught my eye was the usage of pictures, instead of words, when making e.g. translation cards. I found this cumbersome, when I read about it in the book, and now I gotta use it in the app, and I found it even more cumbersome!
Now that I should repeat the words, I have this one picture, and a word associated with it, but I don't know what it means. Was it up? Or high? Or maybe even something like tower or stairs? I think my trouble to accept this way of learning right now can be boiled down to three points:
- How do you know what a picture means? Am I putting too much importance on this? A picture is worth thousand words. But how can I express my ideas when I can only speak in a tongue, where my words have thousand meanings?
- How do you represent abstract words in pictures? Like courtesy? Quantum entanglement? Tuesday? Psychoanalysis? Past Tense? Luck? Destiny? Or how do I distinguish between formal and informal ways of saying something?
- Is it actually efficient? The way I learn right now is the following: I look at the picture try to figure out what the English word is for that picture, and then go from there. There's an additional step involved here, that might be fun to do, but it's not efficient.
... just some random thoughts I had. I would be very interested to hear what other fellow learners think about this!