On taking breaks from languages

I don’t want to clutter up Aran’s thread here:


which was about practicing less, and introducing his new book "‘Should you practise LESS to speak better Spanish?’ - (or anything else),

…any more than I have done, so I’ll start a new thread, although it’s sort of in the same area.

There was an interesting thread on the HTLAL forum a few months ago, in which someone also pointed to the same piece of research that Aran does.


(I am not sure if you have to be registered and logged in to read threads there)

The member called leosmith also links to a posting he made on his own blog, the “polydog” forum, here:

Some interesting ideas there.

Yes: I agree Mike!. Leosmith has it spot on when he
/she says:

“Converse, listen, read and write material that you are somewhat comfortable with, preferably at i+1. No grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation studies; just use the language. Try to do 2 sessions per week if possible, to spread it out and keep your mind fresh. A sample schedule: Reading 30 min, twice a week; Writing 15 min, twice a week; Conversing 30 min, twice a week; Watching movies 30 min, twice a week.”

The synergy approach that I was talking about in another thread is also what needs to happen for welsh learners . If they want to increase their level of learning from let’s say a2 to b2— y cam hanfodol bwysig yn fy marn i. aros i ffwrdd oddi wrth y gramadeg ddiflas, ( completely) ond darllen ac ysgrifennu’r iaith yn bwysig i helpu’r aros pethau eraill yn eich meddwl. This in combination with listening and conversing… In combination with purposeful activity/prosiect may be the way to go—go iawn!.

Another reason why I think things like watching pobl y cwm (without the subtitles os posib) is that it is also good for maintaining your skills. Again, I wish that s4c and others did more to help learners tramor. Not expensive to stream stuff now, efe? Perhaps SSiw is already thinking along these lines?