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I can remember when I first started learning Russian, having had no previous success with languages, I was full of self doubt about the amount on progress I could make. It's easy to forget how magic a skill speaking in a foreign language can seem to those living in a monolingual culture. At some point the level of doubt began to subside, but I do still wonder whether I will hit a brick wall, and whether an advanced level is actually possible for me.
In the world of chess, where every player has a numeric score that quantifies their ability, eventually every player hits a ceiling in his rating - as I did after a depressingly short period of time. Also no matter how earnest you were in your training, unless you started as a young child you were destined never to reach a high level.
On the opposite side of the coin, when it comes to karate, pretty much anyone can get to black belt if they train diligently for long enough, sure some people might get there quicker, but it's pretty much...
Interesting article from the NYT. A few years old, but seems to back up spaced repetition for vocab and review as well as studying in multiple places.
Searching for tips on acquiring Russian cases, this title caught my eye in the youtube suggestions. Imo, these tips can be applied to learning not just languages or guitar, but just about anything. Well, maybe given some tweaks here and there.. What do you think?
1. Practice what you can't do, not what you can.
2. Never practice making a mistake. Get it right.
3. Start slowly and get it right before you speed up.
4. Using a timer saves time.
5. Focus on one element of practice at a time.
6. Try and practice a little every day, rather than practising a lot all on one day..
7. Keep track of your practice: use a practice schedule..
8. If it sounds good, it is good!
9. Playing and Practicing are very different, don't confuse them.
10. The more you think, the more you stink! Practice until it becomes instinctive.