I have always been of the view that there is no such thing as a “standard” or “best” way to learn a language, given that it all depends on your learning style, and the stage of proficiency that you are at now. That being said, I’ve been wondering about the general effectiveness of repetition in language learning and how it has been working for you guys (if you subscribe to it). And if not, why.
Personally, I’m not fond of repetition, given that repetition equates to rote learning and boredom to me, and the last thing I want to do is to be bored when pursuing my hobbies. This is also why I’ve never gone back to revising my notes, as I see absolutely no point in looking at dictionary-equivalent entries on my notebook and expecting that I can learn something and retain it for the long term. To me, it’s the process of note-taking that is important, not what is being written in the end.
The only type of repetition I do on a regular basis is to re-watch videos and re-listen to audio clips. I find it helpful to listen to a clip several times in a sitting and even so, I don’t quite see it as being “repetitive” as I’m always looking to do something different each time I listen.
1st listen: to understand as much as possible
2nd listen: to catch particular phrases
3rd listen: pay attention to intonation, as well as check if understanding has increased (after checking out the difficult words/phrases)
Once I’m done with a clip or video, I won’t go back to it again. In the same vein, I won’t re-read an article that I finished. I may not know if I can fully understand the whole article, or if I managed to learn (and internalise) all the new vocabulary that I had picked up. But I rather ascertain that by moving on to another related article, instead of re-reading the original one.
Interested to what everyone has to say to repetition 🙂 Do you find it helpful? or not?
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