I’ve got a question for the group, that I’m breaking out into another post, to keep it from cluttering the (amazing) discussions going on in the main thread.
What should I be doing to get the most out of this? My grammar skills are … let’s say, “lacking.” Anything much more complicated than XはYです stumps me. And yet, I keep seeing advice like, “don’t translate,” and “don’t use a dictionary, just get the sense of it.”
Right now, what I’m doing is something like:
- Pass my eyes over two pages, picking out words I know, and the occasional sentence fragment, or maybe a (rare) full sentence.
- Go to the discussion thread, and try to pick out the conversations about things I don’t understand.
- Read the pages again – this time I understand more, but not because I’m actually reading more, but because, now that I know what it all means, I can sort of see it.
That doesn’t feel like I’m actually comprehending anything, and I have less confidence that I’ll be able to understand it in another context. Or even on a later page.
I feel like I ought to be taking notes on what I don’t understand, and using that as a plan for the things to learn in detail. I also feel like that those notes could just as easily be the word “everything.”
Any suggestions? I’m not sure if I need help figuring out a study plan, or if I just to just keep going as I am, letting things wash over me in hopes of something (anything!) sticking. Or maybe I just need a hug.