IWTYAL 68: Studying for the test or speaking practice?

itunesButtonHalvard asks: “I’m studying for the B1 exam in Russian. Does your advice to speak regularly still stand?”

In this episode:

  • My advice on regular speaking is for people who want to speak
  • If you have another short-term goal, it may be better to focus on that
  • There are valid goals, so it’s best to focus and achieve one of them ASAP, rather than worrying if it’s the right one or not

Resources mentioned in today’s episode:

  • Time Control – How to double your productivity in language learning

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  • dandiprat

    I’ve met a lot of Asian students who become very good at passing listening tests without actually having a high level in other areas or even comprehension. Nevertheless, that doesn’t seem to happen to me. Even if I focus mostly on listening, my other abilities also seem to go up, too without as much specially-devoted effort.
    I think focusing on passing a test can be a great motivator (you mentioned this). Some people think that speaking means forcing one outside one’s comfort zone, but I think a test can force you out of your comfort zone. If you focus on speaking you become really good at the topics that interest you (which is not necessarily bad), but in order to pass a test you have to have a broader focus because you can’t necessarily know what you will have to talk about, listen, read, or write about.
    As you say, everyone’s situation is different and “success” for some is not the same as it is for others. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

    • Indeed! Many ways. There’s certainly a time and a place for tests, and I’m sure I’ll take some myself in the future!