Are you an input or output oriented language learner? Since I found italki I've been a very output orientated learner, mainly writing texts in my target languages and also making recordings. Before I was more input oriented and read a lot or watched a lot of movies. I also learnt languages in more traditional ways. Now I think that maybe the strong focus on output isn't as effective as having a lot of input. And that online language learning isn't the best way for me. Yes, it's fun and I enjoy it but I studied much more when I was offline. I'm not sure. What do you think?
May 1, 2019 4:45 PM
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Input is as important as output. The key is to find the balance. I think it is true almost all aspects of life. Maybe we are more input oriented because it is safer and it does not demand so much focus. There is a good quote which express this phenomenon but I do not remember it:((
May 2, 2019
I largely agree.  Lots of comprehensible input (and the associated improvement) and some output (and some, perhaps limited, improvement depending on the available feedback), then repeat the cycle.  
May 1, 2019
Thanks to everyone for your comments!


Well, the discovery of italki's notebook section made me change. Before I rarely ever wrote something in my target languages. I would read a lot in Chinese for instance and sometimes copy the texts by hand to practise the Chinese characters but I would never write a text on my own. After finding italki I started to write a lot of texts in my target languages and upload them in the notebook section. Then I started taking part in writing and speaking challenges on Facebook. Now writing is my favourite learning method. It worked well for an easy language like Spanish but for harder languages more input and a structured approach would be beneficial. Also, after finding italki I started to play with a lot of different languages. Before I was focused on few.

May 2, 2019
Miriam, but what made you change? 
And what was your experience? I noticed that you're working on your output. But you have tried it both ways and you can compare.

There is a general consideration: people usually have more input:) Not only in lnagauge learning. I have more input. Still there are things you only can learn with output. But:

Unlike you I have no idea what being "very output oriented" feels like, what it can give to a learner and not many people have the experience with it which you have. 
May 2, 2019

Hi Miriam,

I agree with you, I turned to an output learner here on Italki since I write and comment more than Trying to increase my knowledge in English. I am stuck to my level and there isn’t any progress in my level. 

Concerning Spanish I am still very beginner and unfortunately I am not serious in my intent to learn it. 

May 1, 2019
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