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Bilingual Tetraglot
United States
Joined 3580 days ago

66 posts - 155 votes 
Speaks: English*, Portuguese*, Spanish, French
Studies: Mandarin

 Message 169 of 170
16 September 2018 at 6:00pm | IP Logged 
I watched almost no Mandarin for three years, but I'm back on it now. I'm up to
about 520 total hours.

The good news is that I believe my retention was quite good, as I don't feel I
really lost (the little of) what I had learned by the end of 2015.

At this point, I can say that learning exclusively by watching authentic videos,
with no feedback or other learning strategies, is quite slow, but does work, if
ever-so-gradually, and is convenient.

I'll keep at it now until I get to 1,000 hours, then I'll go to Phase 2 of my
Mandarin Experiment, using what I consider an ideal learning method. By the way, my
blog URL changed to

Anybody else using mostly or exclusively videos for learning a language?
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Senior Member
Joined 3925 days ago

507 posts - 1098 votes 
Studies: German

 Message 170 of 170
16 September 2018 at 6:52pm | IP Logged 
Hello, victorhart!

Following a lengthy review and discussion of the persistent and unresolvable technical and
administrative problems related to the maintenance of the How-To-Learn-Any-Language (HTLAL)
forum, the agonising decision was reached to launch on REPLACEMENT forum using a new
platform. The new forum was launched in July, 2015.

Since the launching of the replacement forum, some three years ago, activity on the HTLAL
has declined to level that any reasonable person would qualify as virtually nil. While the
HTLAL remains a much-appreciated archive of information and discussions on all aspects
touching upon independent language-learning, the "active" discussions now take place on the
replacement forum. For this reason, should you be interested in engaging with the "active
community", I suggest that you REGISTER on the REPLACEMENT forum.


EDITED: Tinkering

Edited by Speakeasy on 16 September 2018 at 10:58pm

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