I want to be able to read Afrikaans, which means acquiring words and lots of them.
As part of this I’ve been listening to the Afrikaans sentences on Surface languages, and understanding them in groups of ten. I say understanding, as I’m only trying to read and maybe listen to the radio depending on how far I get. I’m trying to recognise, rather than reproduce the language.
As I started doing this, it jumped out at me was that there was no way to test yourself on all the sentences learnt. To think is to program. I’ve now fixed this for Afrikaans and the other relevant languages.
It is now possible to learn sentences in groups of ten, and then test yourself on all the sentences learnt up until that point.
The next thing that has now jumped out at me (as it were), is that I need to improve the method of learning sentences.
I’ve also been using memrise to help me learn enough words to read Kobra with more success. Its handy and its free, and I have apparently learnt 370 words or thereabouts over the last week. I have discovered that words only start to stick when I’ve also seen them in another context outside the memrise app, in this case in the book I am reading.