I recently read an old article that's been making its round again on social media (https://www.businessinsider.com/learn-french-in-17-days-2014-11). The writer claims that he achieved conversational fluency in French in 17 days. Regardless of whether it's true/possible, he describes his daily routine:
1) Write out regular and irregular verb tables for 1.5-2 hrs a day, while listening to a French language learning CD
2) Listen to catchy French music while running (45 - 60 min)
3) Go to lunch with French friends who won't slow down for you
4) Spend afternoon reading children's books in French, e.g. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
5) Spend an hour writing basic essays about himself, e.g. where are you from? and have a friend check for errors
6) Learn filler words (alors, en fait) to buy time in conversations
Do you find any of techniques helpful while learning a new language? Which one do you think is effective? What are some other methods that you use?
Personally, I am mostly a textual learner. I can read in a number of languages, but will probably sink like a rock to the bottom of the ocean in a conversation. My favorite way of self-learning usually involves reading a familiar text written for basic learners. Most recently, I read a basic version of Les Miserables in French.
The thing that struck out to me is the importance of writing things out. It actually brought up a lot of memories of learning Chinese as a child, where we would fill up whole notebooks, just writing out the characters, over and over again. I will try and incorporate more writing in my learning.