Polyglot Clara explains how self-learning is different from learning in school, and how you can overcome the overwhelm, confusion and uncertainty when starting to learn a language or other subject by yourself
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There is that type of obstacle because we're not used and this is what I think we're not used to. Deal with the unknown and with confusion, because if you think about how school makes us learn, is it gives you like a package of concepts that are then explained to you.
And everything is very easy to understand. And there is like a set curriculum. So everything is very predictable. And you'll always know where you are in whereas when it comes to. Learning a language with input based methods, you sort of gain so much freedom because you can choose pretty much anything you want to do.
But that also comes with a feeling of confusion, like for example. When I started learning Dutch, I started watching YouTube videos. I was like, I don't understand. And then three months later I can actually get the main topic of a conversation.
Maybe I don't get all the words, but I get what is being said and the general ideas, but I'm able to do that now because I accepted and embraced the confusion and the, what the hell is this type of faith. It's just something that you kind of need to go through. But the difference I think is just that it's very steep and difficulty when you use this type of approach, like you start with like a wall basically, and you have to climb that wall first and then it goes downhill and really easy whereas a typical approach, maybe an academic approach or a grammar based approaches that the opposite, it starts very easy.
But then at some point it gets really hard and that what a lot of people call the intermediate plateau, they just get stuck in that phase. But that, I think it's a consequence of this type of approach. So my recommendation is just to embrace that phase in which you're super confused and not think about it and just keep on consuming content, keep on reading, keep on listening and it'll get easier eventually.