Well after about 4.5 months, I’ve lost almost all confidence in my so-called osmosis technique – that is, learning Tibetan just by listening to an hour a day of news in the language.
What I’ve found is that now, 134 days later, as I listen to the audio each day on my ipod – usually while doing something else – my brain pretty much totally tunes out everything as if it were just background noise or classical music.
So it’s not that I’m frustrated by a slow rate of learning. I feel like I’m no longer acquiring any new words. I’m even forgetting some of what I’ve learned! 😡
Of course things might be different if I were to lay down, close my eyes, and really listen hard to the hour of audio each day. I just don’t have the time to do that right now.
And my experience tells me that if I did have the time, I’d get a higher rate of return if I used that hour to instead:
• study a good Tibetan textbook,
• watch Tibetan TV, or
• take a Tibetan Skype lesson with Sonam.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that the audio osmosis technique didn’t really work. It seemed too good to be true, and if it was such an easy way to acquire a language, everyone would be doing it.
So my plan is to abandon the daily audio and see what time I can find for the more efficient learning methods mentioned above…