Tagged: Pronunciation Trainer
September 12, 2017 at 2:58 am #39322
Quick question about studying with the pronunciation trainer.
I have just started the Arabic trainer, and made some frustrating progress last night with my first set of cards. Now I’ve learnt a few letters I’m trying to read simple Arabic words and looking up the letters I don’t recognise/dissecting the word in my phone.
Given the logic of SRS and leaving the gaps before reviewing, is doing my own study alongside ok or counter productive?
JamesSeptember 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm #39791
My opinion is that it’s counter-productive because if you expose yourself to new words before being exposed to all the pronunciation rules you may learn words with the wrong pronunciation which you will then have to re-learn the right way. It creates double work.
Once through the pronunciation trainer and you’re starting your 625 words that’s when I’m big on maybe pulling words from multiple sources so doing chapter by chapter through a language learning textbook is best at that point alongside creating your 625 picture words. I try to keep them in separate decks though, just so I know the type of card/cards I’m using. The 625 words are visual, so you don’t need an example sentence per se, when other conceptual words need context and a sentence to put them in for them to get in your memory. The word “because” can’t be summed up in a single image, so of course a different card is needed vs the base 625.
But that’s my take on it. Also I do value pronunciation VERY highly at the start so maybe I’m a bit biased.October 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm #40522
This might be coming a bit too late, but if you have extra time, I’d just double the rate of new cards coming in with the pronunciation trainer, so you get exposed to more stuff, faster.
I don’t see a huge problem with adding in extra practice, other than the (good) point mentioned by LetsPlayThisBro about practicing bad habits into your accent, but still, that’s not months of bad practice; it’s just a few days worth.
Practically, you’re free to experiment with things like added practice and design a method that fits well with your own needs/wants. So if you find that the extra practice is helping, then stick with it. And if not, then don’t. One of the nice things about language learning is that you can play around and try things, and sometimes discover neat ways of improving your efficiency.
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