When starting off on your language-learning journey, and even long after it’s ended, it’s easy to get caught up in methods and what methods work the best. Now, on this site I endorse every method, whether you’re a university student or a self-learner; whether you eat, drink, and sleep textbooks, immerse yourself into the language, or speak your way to fluency. I don’t care because I know that everyone learns differently.
That’s why I hate it when people out there try and make it sound like there’s only one good way to learn. I’ve come across people who look at input methods and say, “Whatever happened to hard work! Is this some new age cult of language learning!” and I’ve come across people who bash on the output method saying, “You know you’re still not good at it!” These people are ignorant, and I don’t use that word often or take it lightly.
You see, there’s a lot of ways to learn a language, and I myself use different methods depending on what my language goals are. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel like you’re working harder than anyone else by using textbooks and taking classes, but there’s also nothing wrong by feeling like you’re learning naturally. It’s not a weird cult, and it’s not a fad that will pass, for people are getting results.
Learning is a process that’s different for everyone. Some people are hands off, some are hands on. Some people need visual cues, others audio. Are any of these wrong?
Sorry for the short post, but I just had to get this one out there because too many people right now are hating on other methods of learning.