At the beginning of learning a language it is always a struggle to find you rhythm. What works for you what doesn't. What helps you get motivated and what makes you feel as though you've wasted valuable study time without accomplishing anything useful. So I'm curious what works for you in your own little voyage to language proficiency.
What is your learning process?
What kind of products/resources do you use?
Do you have routine or a certain amount a studying that you do each week?
I like to watch cartoons such as Caillou and Petit Ours Brun. I think its cuz I'm still technically a kid and so I get to connect with what's goin on and also because the language is kept simple and speech is slow enough for a beginner's ears to adjust to. Every night before I sleep or early in the morning, are the times where I tend to work on my French mainly because I tend to remember stuff easier in the morning or when I'm bout to sleep. What are your study habits?
Like Gustavo, I find that consistent daily effort is key.
Every day, I do a combination of reading, writing, spaced repetition and listening. I also try to have conversation practice a few times a week. For example:
- Converse in French for at least 30 minutes (x2)
- Attend French class (x2)
- Practise FluentU for at least 5 mins (x6)
- Study Memrise for at least 5 mins during commute (x7)
- Listen to French music of news while getting ready for work (x7)
- Practise Anki for at least 5 mins (x3)
- Read 1 page of French text (x3)
I set my objectives on the coach.me and track them there so I have visibility on how I'm following up on my goals. You'll notice I set the goals as small (e.g. just 5 mins). I trick my mind that way - I can certainly find 5 mins somewhere in the day, and always end up doing more than just 5 mins.
I try to do as much as I can in the morning because I find my willpower seriously fading as the day goes on.
For me , one of the best ways for absolute beginners is Pimsleur ,it's such a great program that helps to get familiar with a language and get used to the syntaxes, after that ,I think Assimil is an interesting choice since it combines natural learning through conversations, and breaking down the language through grammar notes.
Everyday i try to study at least 15 minutes
i think it's the easiest way it works for me