@melissaboiko oooh actually I'm finding this very encouraging. Because I'm Bad at learning languages (mostly at the "sticking with it" part) and I love just randomly reading texts that i mostly-understand, so i feel like i should value that more and do it more, instead of being like "I'm bored to death by these grammar exercises and can't follow the speed of this class so i will never be able to truly Language".
@maunzi if you read a lot of texts that you kind of understand, you will know the language eventually :) the trick is the "a lot" part. it means it's important to find texts you're really personally interested in, and that you understand well enough to stay interested in. when it works just right, you get into a virtuous circle; the more you read the more you can read ("narrow reading" a single series/author/genre works well for this purpose)
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