I’m reading a Japanese book about learning foreign languages -and neglecting learning the foreign language itself haha-.
Quoting the author from the book:
“Learning a language takes time, no, you should put in (a lot of) time. At what aspect should you put in your time? At “maintenance”. In other words, you should put time in reviewing or maintaining your knowledge about the language.”
Wow, obviously I should do some maintenance with my English, too. But anyway, I agree with the author, because if I don’t review my Korean vocabulary, I forget. I’m sure you, too, know this by experience.
So don’t just read and read.
Put in time to review and keep what you’ve already learned.
Make your own system to review words and sentences. Some people use Anki, some people write new words in a special notebook, some people makes notes in dictionaries to review later, etc.
As for me, right now I’m happy with 단어장 (vocab list) function in the electronic dictionary on my smartphone. I keep my new words in separate lists, no more than 25-30 words per list, because if there are too many words in it, I get lazy to review it.
Actually I’m just glad that the advice that language learners should put in a lot of time to review is written in a book. I was worried that I’m doing it wrong and I’m progressing too slow. And yeah, happy to know reviewing is important. 😉
If you’re interested in the book:
語学はやり直せる! (角川oneテーマ21) [新書] ￥720
黒田 龍之助 (著)
出版社: 角川書店 (2008/02)
Learning a language is a long journey, sometimes it’s comforting to have a book like this to keep you company. ###